Final Degree Project
In addition to coursework, you are required to complete a final culminating project, ranging from 3 to 5 credits. Students have a choice of a Capstone project or working with a faculty member on a research project.
In Capstone projects, students synthesize the knowledge and skills they have acquired while in the MLIS program. Capstone projects are student directed. You identify an organization, work with that organization in a consulting capacity to identify an information problem, develop an approach and the methods needed to address the problem, carry out the investigation, and present the findings in both oral and written formats. After taking a preparatory project management course, you will participate in the two sequential Capstone courses and present at an all iSchool event held in the spring.
The research project option allows students to work directly with a full-time iSchool faculty member on that faculty member's ongoing research. The outcomes of the project should demonstrate a series of student competencies and abilities including significant aspects of research project planning, implementing, assessing, and result presentation.
Students may pursue a research project with a faculty member on an individual-basis or as part of a defined group. The faculty member should be one whose research agenda is of particular interest to the student. The pre-arranged research project may be conducted in autumn, winter, spring, or summer quarter, and is worth 3 credit hours.