MSIA 499: Capstone Design Project



During their final quarter in the program, MSiA students are engaged in an industry-supplied capstone project. Much like the practicum project, the program works closely with industry partners to develop a project that will give students a chance to put their concurrent coursework into direct practice. By their final quarter, however, MSiA students have completed 3 quarters of foundational coursework, an applied practicum project, and a data science internship. Capstone projects, therefore, demand a more advanced and developed skillset. In addition, the capstone project must be completed within the 10-week timeframe of their final fall quarter, prior to graduation. 

Working directly with a company data science team, students scope their project, present a detailed proposal to their client, evaluate and cleanse data, (rescope if necessary), perform analysis, and during a final presentation, provide deliverables. Students are required to meet regularly with the client, a faculty technical adviser, and business adviser. 

Students are placed on teams based on their own ranking of preference. The program does its best to place students on one of their top 3 ranked projects.