Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone

The Capstone Project is designed to be the culminating experience of the MIS degree program and the Capstone Project course (GOSC 6900) is taken by each student in the program. The Capstone Project course is open by program permission. The Capstone Project shows mastery and synthesis of the skills learned in the program, as well as application to the student's professional experiences and ambitions. The Capstone Project also incorporates supporting written research appropriate to the graduate level.

SUU Policy 6.63 describes requirements for capstone and graduation.

All capstone projects will be in the form of a professional project, so as to give students an experience with the intent to provide tangible value in their careers. Thesis and internships are not available for this degree.

Continuous Enrollment

MIS capstone students must remain continuously enrolled once they complete program of study coursework. If the capstone project is not complete in GOSC 6900, students must enroll each subsequent semester, including summer term, in GOSC 6901. This grants the student access to an advisor for the term. 

Completing the Project

The process begins when an applicant to the program submits a Statement of Purpose. The statement should serve as a working document for students studying in the program. As students grow and develop in their graduate studies, they should update the statement with their chair, given the statement is a template for capstone project.


There are three templates students will use for their projects, relating to three documents required in the process. MIS students are required to use the program’s template to promote a higher level of consistency for evaluation, as a guide for students to create quality work, and to help provide clear instructions to students.

  1. Statement of Purpose Template
  2. Capstone Project Proposal Template
  3. Capstone Project Template

Steps to Complete Capstone

  1. Maintain an up-to-date Statement of Purpose while progressing through coursework. This plus coursework are the underpinnings for Capstone. While courses are taken, students are encouraged to rethink the Statement (when applicable) as they build themselves into something they were not before.
  2. While completing courses, students should take every opportunity to consider what a final project may be and theme assignments in classes, when given opportunity, to the intended Capstone project.
  3. Early in the final semester of coursework, students should meet with the Program to form a committee, and register for GOSC 6900: MIS Capstone Project course. The professor in the 6900 course will serve as chair for all students in the course. The student will then select two other committee members, for a total of three members. The program will know who is to teach the 6900 classes well in advance. There should be one committee member from each Learning Block, as approved by the MIS program director. Note that policy 6.63 does allows for a committee member (but not a chair) to be outside the SUU staff/faculty, in certain cases, and requires approval of the GOS dean.
  4. Complete GOSC 6900 and project. In the course students will first create and seek approval for a detailed project proposal, which their committee will review. Once approved, student create a literature review, methodology, implement the project, then create a final report and video presentation.
  5. Properly format and submit final project report to the SUU Library.