Capstone Workshops Overview
A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Affairs in Development Practice (MPA-DP), the Capstone Workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of the concentrations, except for the Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration, complete a Capstone Workshop in their final semester. Students are organized into small consulting teams (between 4 to 8 students per team) and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. Clients include public agencies (from the local to national level), international NGOs and multinational organizations, and major firms in the private sector—recent examples include Barclays, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mercy Corps, Morgan Stanley, New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, and the World Bank Group. Student teams, working under the supervision of a faculty expert, answer a carefully defined problem posed by the client. Each team produces an actionable report and an oral briefing of their findings at the close of the Capstone that is designed to translate into real change on the ground.
SIPA Capstone Workshops are available to MIA, MPA and MPA-DP students primarily during the spring semester of their final year. A small number of workshops are offered in the fall semester for students who are graduating at the end of the fall term.
Read the Capstone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Students. To view past Capstone Workshops, please visit Capstone Workshop Directory.
Fall 2020 Capstone Workshops
The application window to apply for a fall Capstone project is now closed. Students who are required to take a Capstone in the fall and missed the deadline can write to email@example.com for more information.
Priority will be given to graduating students, but each workshop should have capacity for non-graduating MIA/MPA students as well. Students who elect to take a workshop in the fall semester will have satisfied their workshop requirement; however, students can still apply for a spring workshop should they elect to and will be placed on a project if space permits. Students outside the MIA/MPA program should wait until the fall to apply when we will offer a second round of applications.
Please note: The broad points of the fall Capstone projects have been defined, however, the formal Terms of Reference (TOR) will be completed closer to the start of the project to allow for some flexibility with regard to the scope of the project. The TOR will be sent to the team in mid-August and will reflect the most current needs of the client, while staying within the general topic defined in the Preliminary TORs linked below.
Spring 2020 Capstone Workshops