The Distance Learning Masters degree is a low-residency program.

Individualized Masters Degree
A low residency masters program


Capstone Project

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All students will complete a capstone project. This requirement, which is spread over two semesters and counts for nine credits, synthesizes the student’s learning in a single project that demonstrates the student’s fulfillment of the program’s learning goals. A summary of requirements for the Capstone Project can be found here.

Capstone Project Expectations

  • A research-based thesis between 50 and 75 pages;
  • An action project, accompanied by a substantial essay that sets the project within intellectual and personal contexts; discusses its design, process and outcomes; and reflects on the student’s learning;
  • A creative project, accompanied by a substantial essay that sets the project within intellectual and personal contexts, discusses the process and its outcomes, and reflects on the student’s learning; or
  • An apt combination of these forms.


Capstone Project Handbook

Students take a 3-credit Capstone I class during their second-to-last semester. Prior to taking this class, the student submits a 250-300 word project proposal. During the Capstone I semester, the student will lay substantial groundwork toward his/her project. This may mean research, project-design, practical arrangements, further development of skills, drafting or starting to carry out the project, or some combination of all of these.

In their final semester, students take a 6-credit Capstone II class in which they carry out a substantial, personally meaningful project that demonstrates learning in the field and in the overall program. Students design their Capstone Project with the guidance and approval of an advising team, which consists of the Instructor and a Project Reader. The Project Reader is a qualified scholar or practitioner who will provide additional expertise and advice. The advising team will meet, either in person or via technology, periodically throughout the final semester to review the Capstone Project. After the project has been approved and submitted, the student will either come to campus to present his/her work, or make arrangements to present the project via interactive technology.