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MSIS Capstone Project
"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
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.
The Industry Project Option : MSIS 2640, 2642, and 2643 (6 units)
In 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, working 20 weeks in 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 »)
Capstone Design Project Option : MSIS 2645, 2646, and 2647 (6 units)
This three-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.