Capstone

All School of Information MSIS students complete a "capping" experience to their academic studies, one that enables them to integrate their professional education and the intellectual and institutional vocations toward which they are striving. This is to be a culminating experience that synthesizes a variety of skills, knowledge, and expertise while showing that the student can lead an independent project. When considering a capstone experience, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Capstone Student Manual, the Career Development Director, and individual academic advisors.

Capstone Options

Professional Experience Project

In a single semester, you will complete a fieldwork-based project under the primary guidance of a field supervisor from the organization sponsoring your project.

Master's Report

Working with the guidance of a faculty advisor and a second faculty reader, you will write a publishable-quality paper on a topic of your choice in a single semester.

Master's Thesis

Working with the guidance of a faculty advisor and a second faculty reader, you will write a publishable-quality paper on a topic of your choice across two semesters.

School Library Practicum

A school library practicum serves as the fourth capstone option for the master’s degree and is required for those students seeking Standard School Librarian Certification in Texas.


Timeline

The process of planning and getting approval for your capstone takes considerable time, effort, planning, coordination, and securing of signatures. Please read the Capstone Manual for specific approval processes.

The first deadline, which is the last class day of the semester immediately preceding the student's capstone semester, is the date by which the initial completed proposal forms must be submitted to the capstone faculty for approval. The second date posted is the first class day of the capstone semester, and the final date for final/revised proposal approval.

Proposal Submission Dates for AY 2019-2020

  Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Last class day of preceding semester Monday, December 9 Friday, May 8 Tuesday, July 28
First class day of capstone semester Tuesday, January 21 Thursday, June 4 Wednesday, August 26