The capstone serves as documentation of your personal mastery of professional competencies. It is designed to be an integrative experience for MPA students. Public administration core and elective courses should be incorporated into the capstone competencies to examine an issue of importance to St. Louis, the region or the nation.
1. Blend a body of professional knowledge with continuous learning
2. Develop the ability to utilize budgetary and other analytical techniques and research methods
3. Demonstrate an understanding of social responsibility and social justice in public administration
4. Develop creative strategies to address challenging situations
5. Utilize technology, including GIS
6. Use data to inform both public and nonprofit-sector decision-making
In order to accurately measure the extent to which you demonstrate the ability these competencies, we use the following capstone rubric, which you can download here.
The capstone project may concentrate on organization, policy or program evaluation. The topic may arise from an internship, work experience, original empirical research or description, explanation and analysis. Students are expected to formulate practical recommendations on the basis of their research findings.
The final product should be organized as follows:
1. Executive Summary
2. Table of Contents
3. Body of Text
5. Appendices (must include all supporting materials such as interviews, databases, etc.)
2. Presentation and Language Style
You will need to select three faculty advisors to serve on your committee. Advisors can be selected from any of the MPA faculty.
Semester prior to Graduation:
To guide you in preparing your capstone, you can examine capstones completed by previous MPA graduates.
Running Head: Defining the Problem of "Stop Snitching" - Jessica Vick, MPA 2009
"Recycling in St. Louis County" - Michelle Gossett, MPA 2006
"Transportation Planning and Housing Values - The Effect of Metrolink Construction and Expansion in the St. Louis Region" - Lawrence Luscri, II, MPA 2010