Capstone Overview

The Capstone experience involves identifying an information problem in a real-world setting and developing the means to address it. Capstone projects can be research-oriented or design-oriented. Solutions are typically interactive, meaning the end product is something that can be implemented and used.

Goals for the Capstone experience include:

  • Define the information problem or opportunity
  • Determine what techniques to use to master this information problem or opportunity
  • Synthesize all aspects of the information problem; integrate people, technology and information
  • Make a positive difference for the community; be it a business, school, library, hospital, or other organization
  • Choose a topic or focus you are passionate about

The Capstone course involves the following components:

  • INFX 595 Capstone I (2 credits)
    • Analysis and preliminary design of an approved individual or group research or implementation project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills
    • Taken in winter quarter
  • INFX 596 Capstone II (3 credits)
    • Implementation of a project demonstrating professional-level knowledge and skills based on a project plan developed in INFX 595
    • Prerequisite: INFX 595
    • Taken in spring quarter

Capstone is celebrated in an event in late May/early June featuring oral and written presentations.  View Capstone archives, including past event programs.

MSIM students should also note:

  • You may begin your Capstone project after completing all the MSIM core courses, and a total of at least 30 credits in the program
  • The Capstone may be project based (engagement with a client to consult on and design a solution to an information need) or research based (you work on your own research agenda or that of a client's; deliverables include the research results)
  • You (your team) are responsible for the project management of your Capstone, under the guidance of the instructor of record and teaching assistants
  • Working with a team is encouraged and ideal, though individual projects are currently allowed.  Teams should be no larger than 4 members
  • Find Capstone sponsors and project ideas via iCareers, reach out to your own networks, or approach new organizations to pitch an idea
  • MSIM students are expected to have completed IMT 587 (Principles of Information Project Management) or an equivalent course or experience
  • Students may not undertake internships and Capstone projects concurrently with the same sponsor
  • Capstone is optional for students who entered the Mid-Career MSIM program in Autumn 2015 or later

Information Sessions

Capstone Information Sessions take place each autumn and spring.  Info sessions generally cover how to decide on a project, identify a sponsor, form a team, human subjects considerations, and prepare for the start of the Capstone course.  In addition, student groups and outside organizations host Capstone sessions to promote potential sponsorships and projects.