Students may choose the program chair or any of the other project and program management instructors as their capstone adviser. The adviser will serve as the instructor for the capstone course and is responsible for project approval, student guidance and the assignment of a grade for the course.
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Project Management Capstone
The project management capstone course develops an integrated understanding of overall program and project management practices and techniques. The course is intended to be completed in one semester, during which time students must complete a capstone project.
Students must be formally accepted for admission to the master of science program in management of projects and programs (PJM). The capstone is intended as the last course of the program.
The capstone project requires students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they acquired during their course work in order to:
- Evaluate the project management practices in an organization.
- Undertake a research project in support of an organizational goal.
- Explore current developments within the profession at the graduate level.
This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them, result in professional growth and benefit the organization.
Students may select a problem or opportunity at their place of employment, but it may not be part of their normal day-to-day job responsibilities.
With the approval of the program chair, students may work in small teams on the capstone project.
A major component of the course grade is the project presentation, during which students present their project results to a group consisting of PJM students, their capstone adviser and selected instructor reviewers.
Statement of Intent
A statement of intent describing the capstone project that a student intends to pursue must be submitted to the program chair (and capstone adviser, if other than the program chair) at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
While the statement of intent is not binding, it will provide an opportunity for feedback and help to focus the project. Students enrolling in this course may download an MS Word template for the Statement of Intent.