Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone

The MIS Capstone is the culminating experience of the MIS degree program, and is required for every student in the program. In the MIS program, students have the opportunity to choose a Capstone Project, Capstone Thesis, or Capstone Internship. The Capstone should display mastery and synthesis of the skills learned in the program, as well as application to the student’s professional experience and ambitions.

Completing the Capstone

The process begins when an applicant submits their Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose serves as a working document for students in the MIS degree program. As students grow and develop through their graduate studies, they should update their Statement of Purpose with the Department Chair of the Integrative & Engaged Studies Department.

Continuous Enrollment

MIS students must remain continuously enrolled once they complete program of study coursework.


Capstone Review Committee

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Capstone Requirements

Section Professional Capstone Thesis Professional Capstone Project Professional Internship
Description A professional thesis uses original research investigation with quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Students should work to make a quality product eventually leading to publication. A specific social/global project clearly demonstrating interdisciplinary knowledge. Should be grounded in relevant literature to create a foundation of best practices. Designed to help students gain legitimate industry work related to post-graduation career goals, clearly demonstrating interdisciplinary knowledge
Title Page and Abstract The abstract should be a 50-100 word summary. The abstract should be a 50-100 word summary. The abstract should be a 50-100 word summary.
Acknowledgement 1 page description of process and recognition of individuals or organizations influential in completion. 1 page description of process and recognition of individuals or organizations influential in completion. 1 page description of process and recognition of individuals or organizations influential in completion.
Structural Elements Includes a table of contents at minimum. Could include tables of figures or charts as needed. Includes a table of contents at minimum. Could include tables of figures or charts as needed. Includes a table of contents at minimum. Could include tables of figures or charts as needed.
Introduction (Chapter 1)
2 - 4 pages introducing the thesis with essential facts, dates, figures, and topic justification.
1 - 2 pages introducing the project with essential facts, dates, figures, and topic justification. 1 - 2 pages introducing the internship with essential facts, dates, figures, and topic justification.
Literature Review (Chapter 2)
1 - 2 pages each: essential background, statement of problem, purpose of study, theoretical framework, research questions, nature of study, and significance of the study.
2 - 3 pages providing essential background for the need of the project. 2 - 3 pages providing essential background for the need of the internship.
Methodology (Chapter 3)
1 - 2 pages each: research method, research question, population, sample, data collection, assumptions, limitations, delimitations, and ethical assurance.
2 - 3 pages clearly describing survey methods. 2 - 3 pages clearly describing survey methods.
Results and Discussion (Chapter 4)
2 - 4 pages describing your findings, results, analysis, and evaluation.
1 - 2 pages describing the outcomes and suggestions for future projects. 1 - 2 pages describing the outcomes and suggestions for future career goals.
Conclusion and Recommendations (Chapter 5)
2 - 4 pages summarizing your implication, conclusion, and recommendation.
1 - 2 pages summarizing your project and clearly stating your recommendation moving forward. 1 - 2 pages summarizing your internship and clearly stating your recommendation moving forward.
Reference List and Appendices At least 10 references are required. Add appendices as needed. Must conform to current edition of APA style. At least 5 references are required. Add appendices as needed. Must conform to current edition of APA style. At least 5 references are required. Add appendices as needed. Must conform to current edition of APA style.
Page Count 33 - 45 Pages 8 - 13 Pages 8 - 13 Pages
Digital Permission Copyright forms must be completed and submitted. Library Thesis Submission Policy. Not applicable Not applicable

Final Presentations: 5 minutes in length, followed by 3 - 5 minutes for questions. Students at a distance may present through Zoom.

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