Previous Capstone Students

“Researching a topic deeply and then designing a project and methodology for a real-life client organization was a challenging and rewarding process. I gained so much by putting experiences from my coursework into practice, with guidance from my committee. Conducting and completing the project not only increased my ability to think critically about research but sparked a new interest in further exploring research opportunities within the public sector field.”

Christina McClelland

MPA ‘19, Capstone Client: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Let our students put their skills to work for you!

As the top-ranked public affairs school in Colorado and among the best in the nation, the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs is creating the next generation of visionary leaders in the government and nonprofit sectors. Let our students put their skills to work for you by hosting a capstone project.

About capstone projects

A capstone project is a client-based research and consulting project that allows master’s-level students to put into practice the competencies gained throughout their education at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs.

Examples of types of projects include program and procedure evaluations, community or organizational needs assessments, performance measurement, strategic plan development, stakeholder surveys, best practices research, employee retention studies and many more.

Over a period of three to four months of working with a client, students help to define the issue and its context, gain client input on priorities and available data, conduct independent research, complete a final written project that includes findings and recommendations, and present their work to a committee of faculty members and the client.

No payment or fee is required for organizations to request a capstone student, and organizations and students are matched by mutual agreement.

Register your interest in hosting a graduate student capstone project by completing the form below, and our Career Services Specialist will be in touch very soon to discuss your needs.

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School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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