After approval of your prospectus, the next step is to develop a more
detailed capstone proposal. Below is an outline that you may adapt to
prepare your proposal. It shows the required sections for your project.
I. Introduction – In this section, identify the
organization and whether you have access to it directly. Describe the
exact nature of the project you propose to do and why you want to do
this particular project. This should go beyond the brief information
that you provided in your prospectus and provide the following:
- Target organization.
- Nature of the project.
- Rationale for the project.
II. Outcome Demonstration – Describe how this
project will allow you to demonstrate each MBA program outcome. The four
section titles below refer to the outcomes that are listed in the
Capstone Prospectus Template. This section should incorporate any
feedback that you received on outcome demonstration in your prospectus.
- Competency 1: Apply foundational knowledge and an understanding of
business systems, processes, and technology within and across core
- Competency 2: Integrate information across disciplines and from differing perspectives.
- Competency 5: Lead and collaborate in virtual, global, and culturally diverse environments.
- Competency 6: Integrate principles of ethics and integrity into business decisions.
III. Data Sources – Identify where you will get the
data needed to complete the project, whether via direct access to the
organization or via published sources. Be as detailed as possible, since
whether you have access to enough data to make the project feasible
will be evaluated. At this stage, identify at least three specific
resources and provide a written strategy for finding other sources.
IV. Outline – Provide a brief, working outline of
your actual project. This outline can change and grow as you work, but
you need an outline to properly begin. Your outline should include an
introduction and conclusion, as well as at least four subheadings in
between. Refer to the Outlines document linked in the Resources to
review basic outline structure.
V. Projected Timeline – Provide a timeline for the
project, to be completed no later than the end of MBA-FP6900. Tasks
should include any preliminary activity needed for getting permissions
(if needed), data gathering, data analysis, report writing, presentation
preparation, and anything else that would form a significant part of
the work needed to complete the project.
Note that successful completion of an acceptable proposal will
facilitate the completion of your capstone course and help you make
timely progress toward your degree completion. Refer to the Assessment 1
and 2 Context, as well as the Course Summary, for detailed information
about the capstone project as a whole.
- Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Number of resources: Minimum of 3 resources.
- Length of paper: 2–3 typed, double-spaced pages.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.