Capstone Guide

Capstone Project

The M.A. in Policy Studies curriculum culminates in BPOLST 515 Capstone in Summer Quarter.

See Dates and Deadlines for Capstone Pre-proposal (Winter Quarter) and Capstone Proposal due dates.

The Capstone Project is a significant element of the Policy Studies curriculum. It integrates students’ learning experience in the program and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the tools of policy research, analysis, and engagement to a contemporary policy issue. While the Capstone Project is not intended to involve extensive original investigation, any conclusions reached must be so supported that their proof is considered well-established.

The Capstone follows the work of the Practicum, building on promising collaborations and opportunities in areas of your own interest. Many students’ Capstones may contribute to a pre-existing and on-going research project, and many students’ Capstones will directly serve community partners’ needs. All students should be working in partnership with faculty, primarily through the Capstone Advisor.

Learning Objectives

In fulfilling their capstone requirement, Policy Studies students demonstrate their abilities to:

  • Read and interpret published research in a policy area of inquiry
  • Research questions of interest in applied, real-world settings
  • Draw conclusions and recommendations based on research findings
  • Communicate ideas and research in writing