Capstone Workshops Overview 

A core requirement for the Master of International Affairs (MIA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Master of Public Affairs in Development Practice (MPA-DP),  the Capstone Workshops give students an opportunity to put learning into practice. Serving as a culminating educational experience for the Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Administration degree programs, students in all of the concentrations, except for the Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration, complete a Capstone Workshop in their final semester. Students are organized into small consulting teams (between 4 to 8 students per team) and assigned a substantive, policy-oriented project with an external client. Clients include public agencies (from the local to national level), international NGOs and multinational organizations, and major firms in the private sector—recent examples include Barclays, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Mercy Corps, Morgan Stanley, New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, and the World Bank Group. Student teams, working under the supervision of a faculty expert, answer a carefully defined problem posed by the client. Each team produces an actionable report and an oral briefing of their findings at the close of the Capstone that is designed to translate into real change on the ground.

SIPA Capstone Workshops are available to MIA, MPA and MPA-DP students primarily during the spring semester of their final year. A small number of workshops are offered in the fall semester for students who are graduating at the end of the fall term.

Read the Capstone Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Students.  To view past Capstone Workshops, please visit Capstone Workshop Directory. 

Capstone Workshop Fall 2021

For any student who is required to take a Capstone workshop and missed the application deadline, please contact us at [email protected]

capstone client Project title faculty advisor
Air Force Research Laboratory Policy Considerations for Integrating Autonomy into Military Operations Daniel Madden
MFX Currency Risk Solutions Developing a More Robust Impact Model for MFX Currency Risk Solutions Fernando Sotelino
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs A Practical Toolkit Embedding Management Practices in the Planning and Budgeting Processes Isabelle Delalex

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) 

Climate Change and Rising Global Security Challenges TBD
United States Department of State, Bureau Conflict and Stabilization Operations Planning to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability: Embracing a Strategic, Whole-of-Government Approach

Marc Jacquand