The final required course is the MPA capstone course. Students are required to consult for a local, state, federal, or nonprofit agency. The capstone course is designed to exhibit the students’ knowledge of public and nonprofit organizations, public policy, the political process, public service values and professional ethics; demonstrate a working knowledge of best practices to perform managerial and technical tasks; use quantitative and analytical research techniques; and demonstrate competent written and oral communication skills.
The final project is then presented to the client agency.
Here are examples of previous capstone projects.