Complex environmental issues aren’t solved individually, they require shared solutions—and your MSES program will foster that process. As part of your studies, you’ll take a Capstone course, typically in your final semester—it is the cumulative achievement of your MSES degree. You’ll team up with a group of student peers to tackle a multidisciplinary problem—often for a real-world client.Learn more about the O’Neill Capstone
Apply your academic training on a team project, tackling a complex environmental issue
Primed for professional success
In your Capstone course, you’ll demonstrate specialized expertise as part of a collaborative effort, and all capstone projects culminate in a formal report and public presentation. In short, the capstone constitutes unparalleled preparation for your future career.
You can meet your Capstone requirement in one of the following ways:
- SPEA-V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (sections with an environmental focus). The capstone topic will vary from year to year.
- Alternative course with a similar structure, such as SPEA-E 546 Stream Ecology or SPEA-E 560 Environmental Risk Analysis, or another approved course.
- SPEA-E 517 BMP Design for Healthy Urban Watersheds
- SPEA-E 625 Research in Environmental Science (working with a thesis advisory committee to complete a master's thesis).