Capstone Seminar for Graduate Students

Thesis and Capstone

Thesis & Capstone


Students will complete a graduate-level project which demonstrates their ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from their program.  Students will demonstrate their mastery in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of theory, research, and practice
  • Oral communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills


Fall 2022 Capstone Presentations

The Fall 2022 Capstone Presentations will take place, Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Academic Office Building on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  Please see the campus map for details. 


Spring 2023 Capstone Orientation and Course Information

Capstone Orientation is held each fall and spring semester.  

SPRING 2023 CAPSTONE ORIENTATION:  Capstone orientation will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022, for students intending to enroll in Capstone for the spring 2023 term. 

  • A virtual session will be held via Microsoft Teams, Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.  No registration is required for the virtual session.   You can join the meeting via the Desktop App, Mobile App, Dialing In, or via browser (Chrome).  Watch this video tutorial on how to join a meeting if you are new to Teams. Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting.
  • An in person session will be held Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Academic Office Building, Room 301 on the UCCS campus.  Please click here to register for this session. Registration for the in person session is required.  A campus map is provided here.

If you are unable to attend either of these orientation sessions, you will need to contact either of the spring 2023 instructors, Dr. Robin Kempf,, or Dr. Jessica Berrett,  

DUE DATE: Your completed Capstone Checklist will be due to by Thursday, December 1, 2022.

SPRING 2023 COURSE INFORMATION:  For planning purposes, Spring 2023 Capstone will accommodate both in person and online students and will conduct five synchronous meeting times on the following Wednesdays from 4:45pm to 7:20pm:

  • January 18, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • March 1, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 12, 2023   

Spring 2023 Capstone presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.  

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About Capstone Seminar

For graduate students, the Capstone Seminar is designed to integrate and synthesize the student's entire course of study. The course provides a process and structure for the School of Public Affairs faculty to be able to ensure that all graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles conveyed in the core curriculum of their degree and can apply that knowledge, and that gained from elective courses to analysis of contemporary issues in public administration (including the administration of nonprofit organizations) or criminal justice. The products of this seminar will be tangible evidence of a degree candidate's qualifications and expertise.

Students will complete a graduate-level project which demonstrates their ability to integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Dual MPA/MCJ, or Dual MPA/MA Sociology (SOC) programs. The project will enable students to demonstrate their:

  • Knowledge of theory, research, and practice in public administration and/or nonprofit management and/or criminal justice
  • Oral communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

The goals of the MPA, MCJ, Dual MPA/MCJ, and Dual MPA/MA SOC programs are to enhance students' skills in each of these areas so that students are able to effectively contribute to their fields and improve programs and policies.

How to Enroll in the Capstone Seminar

In order to enroll in CJ/PAD 5361, Capstone Seminar, please complete the following steps in the semester before you are to take Capstone:

  1. Complete the Capstone Checklist
  2. Email completed Capstone Checklist to
  3. Upon verification of eligibility, a permission number will be provided to you to enroll in the Capstone Seminar.
  4. DUE DATE: The Capstone Checklist is due by Thursday, December 1, 2022, for spring 2023 enrollment.

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MPA Students
Thesis Option for MPA Students

Spring 2021 Capstone Presentation

Completed Capstone Projects

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Kayah Swanson
We Keep Discovering New Ways that it Helps: A library social worker can address increased and unique needs of modern public libraries
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Mike Seeger
Community Paramedicine: A feasibility Study for Fountain Fire Department
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Craig Williams
Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Red (Low Food Security) County Evaluation
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Rebecca Gianarkis
The Thin Gold Line: Analysis of Emergency Communications Operator Applicant Fit and Implications for Employee Recruitment
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Jerome Young
Colorado Springs Veteran Homelessness Age 50 and over: Recidivism into Homelessness after exit from “The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)” Program
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Kasey Constantino
Assessing the Impact of the Colorado Springs Police Department Gang Unit on Juvenile Gang-Related Crime
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Frequently Asked Questions

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