The Capstone is an integrative experience in which students bring together much of the knowledge and skills they have acquired while in the MSIM program. Students may pursue a research-oriented or an interactive design-oriented Capstone project. The Capstone experience is student-directed, meaning that students take responsibility for identifying and defining a problem to work on, developing the approach and methods needed to address the problem, carrying out the investigation, and presenting findings in both oral and written forms.
In their Capstone culminating projects, students are expected to demonstrate how they have been using information as a tool for transformation in their personal, academic and professional lives.
Capstone project collaborators include organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and each project represents a concrete example of what it means to design and build novel applications of technology that meet the needs of people. With projects ranging from building social networking applications to improving services for homeless youth to supporting more efficient mass transit, Capstone projects reflect the many ways students at the UW iSchool make information work.
Capstone is a requirement for graduation for all students in the Full-Time MSIM Program, and all students who entered the Mid-Career MSIM program prior to Autumn 2015. Beginning with those entering in Autumn 2015, Capstone is optional for students in the Mid-Career MSIM program.