Graduate Student Requirements
Your graduate capstone gives you the opportunity to use what you’ve learned in your master’s program and apply those skills to a real-world scenario. While the format of your capstone will vary slightly based on your program, ultimately all graduate students will produce a scholarly paper and presentation to share your findings.
In your project, you’ll define, research, and solve a personal or community issue, a practical business problem, or realize an entrepreneurial opportunity.
The planning and development of your capstone is an ongoing process that begins far in advance of registering for the final capstone course. You’ll reflect on your topic and build your capstone in all of your courses.
Project Management students will use the PMBOK® Guide and Standards from the Project Management Institute to plan and execute their capstone.
Nursing and Health Care Management students must fulfill the following requirement prior to the capstone course:
- Demonstrate compliance with health and immunization requirements
- Successful completion of a criminal background check prior to participation in the capstone course. Cost of the vendor sponsored criminal background and health requirements tracking is the responsibility of the student (cost varies by state). More information will be provided prior to registering for the capstone course.
Selecting a Capstone Topic
You’ll want to think strategically about your topic: you can use your capstone to help fill a gap in your resume for a future career or advance your current career. You may also choose to help solve a community or personal issue that can support the larger good. Your program director and faculty will be available to brainstorm and advise you on ways to make your project a reality.
Role of Your ePortfolio
Your ePortfolio will allow you to capture your work in an online environment where you can easily share your body of work and industry knowledge with potential employers.
Formulating a Research Questions & Collecting Data
Reviewing literature and formulating a research question is a critical component of your capstone. Depending upon your program and focus, your capstone may include case studies, program evaluation, outcomes-based evaluation, surveys, focus groups, or plan and manage real-world projects. You’ll use our 100% online library to find reliable, peer reviewed articles and expand upon your topic. Advisors help students define the capstone project they will complete.
Depending on your topic, you may also conduct research associated with your capstone topic, such as distributing a survey. Any research that involves collecting responses from other individuals must be reviewed and approved according to our Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines before you begin collecting data.
Live Capstone Presentations
All graduate students are required to participate in capstone course presentations held the week prior to the end of the term, with the exception of those in the M.S. Instruction and Leadership program. Accommodations are provided for out-of-state students to participate virtually; as of March 2020, the entire event is virtual due to COVID-19. Dates for the practice night and event night are found in the course schedule's listing of the capstone course.
Visit the M.S. Capstone Presentations course in Moodle to:
- See past presentations including recordings, project summaries, student biographies, and pictures
- Register for the next event to see the presentations for the upcoming term
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