Santa Clara University


MSIS Capstone Project

The MSIS Capstone helps students fully integrate their information systems and business knowledge with skills they need in the workplace. Through the Capstone experience, they put their courses to work, using the knowledge acquired to solve business problems through technology.

Students can choose from one of the three capstone options to fulfill the requirement, tailoring the course to their current interests and future career aspirations. Each of the Capstone options builds on the academic work by giving students an opportunity to discover practical applications of theory, and to gain real-world experience in Silicon Valley. As a result, Capstone makes a significant contribution to Santa Clara’s reputation as one of the best places to prepare for technology leadership. During the process, students also form valuable working relationships with each other, faculty mentors, and leaders in the organization with which they work.

"It was a pleasure working with the Santa Clara University team. The students provided us with a work plan prior to the beginning of the project, we had periodic meetings about progress, and upon completion they provided us with a written report, including information for any group that might work with us in the future. We would love to work with them again!"
— Meredith Bergin Bailey
Executive Director
Kaeme Foundation

The Thesis Option : MSIS 2644 (6 units)

The Thesis Option is your opportunity to dig deeper and make a contribution to the IS field while you are still a student! You (and a partner, if you choose) can select a problem to explore with theoretical models which will advance knowledge in the discipline, or apply new IS technology to solve an existing problem. Your thesis may open doors in organizations looking for the solution you have developed. 

Understand the Thesis Option requirements here »


The Industry Project Option : MSIS 2640, 2642, and 2643 (6 units)

Mark Louie, MSIS '07In the competitive Industry Project option, you and a team of fellow students will work with a company's managerial staff to identify, develop, and implement a practical, hands-on solution to one of the organization's information technology challenges. You'll put your coursework to immediate use, in a six-month (or longer) project working with Silicon Valley organizations, putting your theoretical knowledge to work. 

Past teams have worked with Google to implement a knowledge management system for its Finance IT department and with Intuit to improve development time of its cloud computing products (see more projects here »)

Read details of the Industry Project Option here »


Capstone Design Project Option : MSIS 2645, 2646, and 2647 (6 units)

Capstone testimonialThis six-month project is perfect if you are considering launching a startup or want to refine your business development skills. You will create a proposal for the Capstone Project Manager, identifying the resources and constraints of the project, while you assemble a team to execute on the project. Once the project gains approval, you and your team will have an accelerated timeframe in which to complete the project—conditions similar to work environments found in many Silicon Valley firms. This intensive experience helps you combine the knowledge you've acquired in your coursework with practical application in successful project implementation, and providing you with a significant accomplishment to add to your resume.

Explore the Design Project Option here »


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