Capstone: Learning In Action


Part of the core curriculum of the MPA and MUP programs, Capstone provides you with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to perform a public service. Over the course of an academic year, you’ll work in teams with faculty oversight to identify opportunities for an outside organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. Capstone contributes not only to your education, but also to the public good.

In architecture, the capstone is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Our Capstone program plays a similar role, by integrating and enhancing your learning in several different arenas. You’ll quickly become familiar with an issue or content area. You’ll hone process skills, like teamwork and project management. And you’ll effectively gather, analyze, and present data. Capstone requires you to interweave your learning in all these areas—and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

Prior to Capstone

Capstone Information Slides

These slides are required viewing in the spring semester prior to your enrollment in Capstone. You’ll learn everything you need to know to get ready for Capstone.

If you would like to listen to the online session that occurred on March 31, please see the video below:

Request for Registration

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While You're In Capstone

Capstone Documents
Student Capstone Guide
Student Global Travel Handbook
Application for Supplemental Travel Funding
Reimbursement Form for Capstone Team Expenses
Reimbursement Form for Pre-Approved Capstone Supplemental Travel


Find answers to your most pressing questions.



Previous Capstone Projects

Thank you to FJC

A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds for generous financial support of our Capstone program.