A unique feature of the MAIS program is the two-semester capstone project, IDS 600 and IDS 601. Students identify a research problem and design and test potential solutions. In some cases, the capstone involves proposing and undertaking a service project, such as creating a strategic fundraising plan for Malawi Children’s Village, or could involve traditional research and writing based around an identified problem. In both cases, capstones provide strong evidence of the graduate student’s ability to initiate, complete and assess projects. Going beyond a traditional master’s level thesis, MAIS capstone projects apply classroom learning to practical problems and issues in today’s world. Conducted over two semesters to allow sufficient time for design, research, revision and self-evaluation, the project includes an oral defense before program faculty.
With improved analytical and critical thinking skills, research ability and oral and written communication, MAIS graduates will develop the traits that are highly desired in the 21st-century workplace. Several alumni have moved to different, more fulfilling jobs or earned promotions in their current positions.
Sample capstone projects:
- Building a Better Museum: Re-Invigorated Member and Volunteer Programs
- It's Time to Go Online: Developing an Alumni Webzine
- Diversity in Higher Education: Issues in Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention
- Ask Us Now!: A Virtual Library Feasibility Study
- Sustainable Fundraising: Development Planning for African Orphaned Childrens' Charities
- Marketing Education: MBA Programs in Southern Ontario
- Coaching Collegiate Athletics: Best Practices Manual
- Community Organizing: Needs Assessment for the Niagara Region.
- Fanya Mambo: Assisting a Community Based Environmental Organization
- Developing and Organizing an Innovative Educational Program: The Amherst Youth Board Summer Musical Program
- Building a Bridge to Bulgaria: A U.S.-Bulgarian Cultural Exchange Organization
- Museum Volunteer Programs: Planning for Generational Change
- Malawi Children’s Village: Strategic Fund Development Plan
- The Importance of Implementing Electronic Medical Records in a Long-Term Care Facility
- The Re-Modernization of the Niagara Falls Police Department