To enhance the hands-on focus of the MSIS program, students complete a capstone project as the culmination of their degree. The capstone project allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in key areas of business and technology by completing a complex information systems project. The capstone project is worth three credit hours and completed over three semesters.
Students who pursue a sponsored project work in groups to complete a consulting project for a small or large business or nonprofit organization. Students conduct research and analysis, and work to implement findings in order to improve their sponsor’s information systems practices. Recent sponsors have included Intermountain Healthcare, the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating team, Extra Space Storage, and various departments at the University of Utah.
Students interested in completing a professional certification can earn credit for doing so through the capstone project. Students can choose from a number of mid- to upper-level certification options that are approved to meet this requirement. Certification exams are completed individually, though students are encouraged to work together when studying. Exam and study material costs are paid by the student. Some certification options may have pre- or co-requisite MSIS course requirements.
Students who complete an entrepreneurial project develop a new business opportunity and participate in the Utah Entrepreneurship Series through the Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute. Student teams are mentored by an industry entrepreneur as they submit business plans to the competition and create a working prototype.
Students looking to dive deeper into one of the MSIS areas of focus can do so by completing a structured project. Structured projects are pre-outlined, intense research projects within the scope of one of the areas of specialization. Students work individually and are guided by a faculty member.