Toward the close of their program of study, students complete a capstone project that addresses a contemporary leadership, management, or policy challenge confronting a public or non-profit organization. All students are registered for six hours of course credit. The project requirement provides participants with considerable latitude in the selection of topics. The program actively encourages participants to select problems of immediate relevance to their own professional practice or communities of interest.
Focusing on specific and personal leadership challenges affords participants the opportunity to hone their technical and analytical skills. The reflective practice component encourages participants to draw upon the experiences and information gained across the entire curriculum to craft novel yet practical solutions to these problems that add value to their organizations, communities, and the profession as a whole. Students will be required to present a case problem they developed as the basis of an exercise in administrative problem solving and coaching for their fellow students.