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I am responsible for the Capstone Experience for the MBA Program offered by The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University.

This page provides an overview of the Capstone for current and prospective students.
Note:  This is current as of June, 2013.  Actual requirements are subject to revision and update and are governed by the applicable Syllabus.

The Big Picture

The Capstone has two parts, BUS698 (Research) and BUS699 (Writing).  These are each 3 credit courses.  Students must complete both courses with a grade of C- or better while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate.

BUS 698 Capstone Research Course…

Students must have all courses completed.  The rules allow students to be enrolled in one other concentration course while taking BUS 698, but it is not recommended.

In BUS 698, you will be provided a brief review of each of your courses from the MBA program including the Foundation Courses, the Core courses and your Concentration courses.

The expectations in the course are as follows…

You are expected to turn in a topic for your capstone project and a comprehensive outline for your paper/project.  You are also required to undertake extensive research for your paper/project and produce an annotated bibliography.  Lastly you are required to turn in a reflective paper regarding your experience in the MBA program.  As with all other courses you are expected to contribute to the discussion boards as well.

Capstone Topic Statement format.  Capstone Topic Statement Format 4-11-2013  (note:  this is current as of April 2013 and is subject to change in the future)

BUS 699 Capstone Seminar and Project Course.

All other courses must be completed to enroll in BUS 699, and students may not be enrolled in any other courses at the time of undertaking this course.

It is important for you to know that the purpose of BUS 699 is for you to prove competency in all you have learned from the MBA Program, thus you are expected to undertake this effort without much guidance at this juncture of the program.  This does not mean questions are inappropriate, it does mean however that you will undertake this assignment with a minimum amount of questions, explanation or guidance.  This is your chance to prove what you have learned, and develop a project worthy of attaining your MBA.

In this course you have two main assignments (1) the completion of a fully-developed, comprehensive capstone project that your researched and outlined in BUS698 (2) an accompanying power point presentation with voice narration which would suffice for the presentation provided to Venture Capitalists, bankers or your organizational Leadership.  As with all other courses you are expected to contribute to the discussion boards as well.

The Details

The Capstone project is substantive and complex, more than you have possibly done before.  We therefore provide you with a structure and support designed to help you sequence your activities and write a first-class Project. Understanding each step in the process will help you complete the Project without unnecessary struggle.

Important Note:  Our Capstone Process is continually reviewed and improved. Therefore it is important that you make no assumptions about how it works and realize that it may be different for you than it was for students who took it before you.

Capstone Consolidated Timeline 4-2013

 

Week-by-Week Overview:

Week 1:  Topic Selection
Week 2:  Prepare Topic Statement & Submit for approval.
Week 3:  Topic Statement approval; Mentor assigned.  Refine Topic Statement with Mentor
Week 4:  Prepare formal Outline and begin Annotated Biography
Week 5:  Finalize and submit Outline and Annotated Bibliography (first drafts)
Week 6:  Continue research; start work on Reflective Paper
Week 7:  Continue research; take Outbound CPC Assessment
Week 8:  Submit final Outline, Annotated Bibliography and Reflective Paper.

Capstone Preparation Video

Picking your Capstone Topic

This video explains how to select a good Capstone Topic, step by step.

Often students ask us “How should I choose a topic?” Here are some thoughts that might help you in your decision making. In summary, be passionate and purposeful in selecting your topic. Don’t focus on the experience as a test/grading event.

If you have a passion, a strong motive to do/develop something, either in your personal or professional life, the Capstone experience is a SAFE way to explore/accomplish it under the best conditions of our program mentorship and support.

If you have a challenge to overcome in your professional work, the Capstone experience is a PROVEN way to develop win-win solutions for your organization and yourself. Organizations would love and support having robust solutions developed for them externally at no cost to them!

If you are unemployed or underemployed, seeking recognition and/or new opportunities, the Capstone experience can give you the needed ADVANTAGE to compete. In this tough economy, you need to be proactive to compete: Identify the need/problem facing your target audience and develop/suggest a solution. Your targeted organization/manager would appreciate your resourcefulness and most likely recognize you as a proven, valuable professional.

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