As a part of the Global Governance, Politics & Security degree requirements, all students must complete a research requirement as their capstone. Students are able to choose from three different options to fulfill their capstone: the practicum, substantial research paper, or Master's thesis.
Practicum: The practica program is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers. Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations. The practica are led by faculty mentors who hold class sessions weekly. Students also participate in hands-on workshops designed to enhance their project management, client relations, oral presentation and writing skills. Please visit the Practica Program website to learn more about upcoming practica, the application process, and requirements.
Substantial Research Paper (SRP): The SRP is an independent research project that is intended to integrate and apply knowledge from the field to a final scholarly project. The purpose of the SRP is to further develop your expertise in an issue of concern to the field of global governance, politics, and security, and to demonstrate your ability to conduct theoretically informed, analytical research.
Thesis: The MA Thesis is an original research project appropriate for students looking to complete a longer and more academically rigorous research paper. It is particularly useful for students who plan to go on to a Ph.D. program. Much like the SRP, the Master’s Thesis is an independent research project that is intended to integrate and apply knowledge from the field to a final scholarly project.