Capstone at a Glance
Companies submitting capstone projects will tap the resources of a team of Saunders graduate students and faculty expertise. This provides valuable free resources while offering students the opportunity to work on real-world projects.
Capstone projects provide graduate students with learning experiences that build upon knowledge gained from business courses and co-curricular activities. Over the course of a semester, students work in teams with faculty oversight to address challenges and identify opportunities for a client organization.
Each unique project requires students to quickly get up-to-speed on a specific content or issue area, enhance key process skills such as project management and teamwork, and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting on data.
- Define the problem or opportunity
- Determine necessary techniques to master this problem or opportunity
- Synthesize all aspects of the problem; integrating people, interpersonal knowledge, skills, and technology where necessary
- Students deliver a thorough, professionally written report with detailed analyses and specific recommendations. This will include problem definition, substantial fact-based analysis, recommendations, and implementation strategies.
- The teams will present their findings to their clients, including thorough discussion and any necessary follow-ups.
- A faculty member will request a short written assessment from Capstone clients regarding their student team’s teamwork and input. This will impact the team’s final grade for the project.
For students, the Capstone experience is an opportunity to develop business solutions that utilizes the skills and knowledge acquired throughout their business education in a complex, real-world environment. For organizations, it is a chance to have current and future business leaders focused on their success.
Past Capstone Projects