The Capstone Project
To be eligible for graduation, every student must complete a piece of original research, the Capstone Project. The project will challenge you to pull together what you have learned and apply it in a research project of your own design. The project can be either applied research, for your own or another organization, or a theoretical study that challenges you to analyze relationships between two or more variables. Either way, you will find yourself relying heavily on what you learned to complete this challenging assignment.
The project is THE centerpiece of PADM 7050, the Capstone course. PADM 7050 is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. In the semester preceding the capstone course, you will take PADM 6500, Research Methods in Public Administration. In that class, you will develop your “prospectus.” The prospectus is a proposal for your project that identifies the research type (applied or theoretical) and the research question, provides a brief literature review, and describes the data collection method to be used.
If the prospectus is acceptable, you will receive permission to enroll in the capstone course. Otherwise, you will be told to revise the prospectus. Once you receive the course permission, you are responsible for making any corrections needed to the prospectus for submission on the first night of class.
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