MPA 780: Capstone Seminar
The Capstone seminar is a culminating experience where students are expected to conduct a non-thesis, analytical research project designed to demonstrate knowledge and skills gained in the core MPA courses. The project must produce either a solution to a public management question, a policy problem or applied academic research question. Other forms of professional inquiry and analysis may be acceptable if approved by the instructor. Through the Capstone, students are expected to not only demonstrate administrative competences, but also key Program learning outcomes such as the ability to analyze, think critically, evaluate, solve problems and make decisions in the public interest; demonstrate proficiency in oral and written expression; and demonstrate research skills through a selected method of inquiry. Pass/fail staring Fall 2013.