Thesis & Capstone Seminar
Capstone Seminar & Thesis
Fall 2023 Capstone Presentations
The Fall 2023 Capstone Presentations will take place on December 7th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Academic Offices Building on the 3rd floor.
Graduate Student Capstone Seminar & Thesis
Graduate students are required to complete a graduate-level project which demonstrates their ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from their program.
For graduate students, the Capstone Seminar is designed to integrate and synthesize the student's entire course of study.
The course provides a process and structure for the College of Public Service faculty to be able to ensure that all graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles conveyed in the core curriculum of their degree and can apply that knowledge, and that gained from elective courses to the analysis of contemporary issues in public administration (including the administration of nonprofit organizations) or criminal justice.
The products of this seminar will be tangible evidence of a degree candidate's qualifications and expertise.
Students will complete a graduate-level project which demonstrates their ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Dual MPA/MCJ, or Dual MPA/MA Sociology (SOC) programs. The project will enable students to demonstrate their:
- Knowledge of theory, research, and practice in public administration and/or nonprofit management and/or criminal justice
- Oral communication skills
- Written communication skills
- Critical thinking skills
The goals of the MPA, MCJ, Dual MPA/MCJ, and Dual MPA/MA SOC programs are to enhance student's skills in each of these areas so that students are able to effectively contribute to their fields and improve programs and policies.
How to Enroll
To enroll in CJ/PAD 5361, Capstone Seminar, you must:
1. Attend one of the orientations sessions, as mentioned above. If you are unable to attend, you must contact the Fall 2023 Instructor or Record, Dr. Henriikka Weir, email@example.com to discuss requirements before completing the Capstone Checklist.
2. Complete the Capstone Checklist (including obtaining the electronic signature of your second reader) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Upon receipt of your completed Capstone Checklist and verification of eligibility, a permission number will be provided to you to enroll in the Capstone Seminar.
4. For Fall 2023 enrollment, your Capstone Checklist is due by May 1, 2023.
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Capstone Orientation is held each fall and spring semester.
Capstone orientation will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023, for students intending to enroll in Capstone for the fall 2023 term.
- A virtual session will be held via Microsoft Teams, Friday, March 10, 2023, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. No registration is required for the virtual session. You can join the meeting via the Desktop App, Mobile App, Dialing In, or via browser (Chrome). Watch this video tutorial on how to join a meeting if you are new to Teams. Join the Teams meeting by clicking this link.
- An in person session will be held Friday, March 10, 2023, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Academic Offices Building, Room 301 on the UCCS campus. Registration for this session is located here: Registration Link
If you are unable to attend either of these orientation sessions, you will need to contact the fall 2023 instructor, Dr. Henriikka Weir, at email@example.com.
Due Date: Your completed Capstone Checklist will be due to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 1, 2023.
Fall 2023 Course Information: For planning purposes, Fall 2023 Capstone will accommodate both in-person and online students.
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Academic Offices Building on the 3rd floor
Thesis Option for MPA Students
In PAD 6950: Master's Thesis, students conduct a comprehensive review of the theoretical and research literature in the subject area of their thesis and collect original data or analyze existing data in new ways. The thesis requires 6 hours of credit that span two semesters. The thesis option is available to MPA students who have achieved an exceptional academic record and who wish to pursue independent research in greater depth than would normally be possible in Capstone Seminar. It is suited for students who intend to pursue a PhD degree or to enter a research or policy environment upon completion of the MPA degree.
Minimum eligibility requirements for pursuing a thesis include:
- Matriculation in the MPA program
- Successful completion of all core courses
- Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Demonstrated ability to pursue research work, as evidenced by two submitted research papers developed in SPA courses or elsewhere
- Preliminary identification of a thesis topic or area of interest
- Agreement from a SPA faculty member to serve as the thesis committee chair along with two additional faculty members to serve on the thesis committee
- Minor exceptions to the above criteria may be made in exceptional circumstances
A student desiring to pursue the thesis option should meet with their faculty advisor to establish eligibility under the above criteria. After establishing eligibility, the student should recruit three faculty members to serve on the student's thesis committee -- one to serve as the committee chair and two to serve on the committee -- and then complete the thesis application form. Once complete, the thesis application form should be submitted to the MPA program director for approval.
Although the formal procedures entail application through the faculty advisor, the student is encouraged to make informal contacts with appropriate subject-matter faculty to determine interest and availability.
Please complete the Thesis Application Form
For more information about the MPA Thesis Option, please watch the video below: