Rather than write a thesis or take a comprehensive exam, students at the Trachtenberg School complete a Capstone Seminar as their final core course as a culmination of the achievement of earning a master’s degree.
During the seminar, students work in a small team of classmates to design and implement substantial analytic projects for external clients such as government agencies or nonprofit organizations. The pro bono projects result in a written report and a formal presentation of research results to both the external client and Trachtenberg School community.
Every MPA, MPP and MA-ENRP student completes a pro bono capstone project for a client of their choosing. You will graduate with more than a degree; you will have real-world consulting experience.