The two semester capstone policy project allows students to both utilize and further develop their analytical, quantitative, communication and policymaking skills. JU MPP students undertake the capstone policy project in the second year.
In the capstone policy project, students work directly with a faculty advisor and may choose between working in a small group on a public policy problem for a real world client organization or working individually on a policy question of their choosing.
At the end of the second semester, students produce an extensive research paper, with policy solutions and recommendations, and present their work to faculty, policymakers and, if applicable, the client organization.
All capstone research papers will be archived and made available to the community and future students.
In addition, the Institute is developing an annual Public Policy Journal, run by second year MPP students, that will publish exemplery capstone policy papers, as well as articles submitted by faculty, board members and policymakers.