Capstone Course FAQ

What’s the difference between a Master’s Project and the Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP)?

The Master’s Project entailed scholarly research about a topic related to the student’s concentration.  The project required that the student complete a five-chapter paper that included an introduction, review of the literature, methods, results, and conclusion/recommendations.

The CAP is a 7-10 page paper that concisely demonstrates that you have acquired all the knowledge and skills requisite for a master’s degree in your concentration.  It includes the identification of a critical issue related to your concentration; the development of a case scenario that illustrates the critical issue; a review of the literature that substantiates the critical issue and the best-practice approach to dealing with the issue; and a goals, objectives, and interventions section.

How do I choose a critical issue?

The critical issue should be selected in collaboration with your advisor who will help you to identify a viable issue. The critical issue should be related to your concentration, and should be a topic that would allow you to demonstrate your concentration-related skills such as ethical practice, assessment, prevention, intervention, and relapse prevention.

How long does it take to complete the CAP?

The CAP is designed to be completed in one semester. It requires graduate-level writing skills, mastery of HMS course content, mastery of library research, and mastery of APA formatting. If a student struggles in any of these areas, it is possible that additional time would be required to complete the CAP.  Students are encouraged to use the Center for Teaching and Learning for support if needed

Who is on my CAP Committee?

The CAP committee includes your advisor, who serves as the chair of the committee, and the instructor of your CAP course, HMS 585.

What happens during the CAP Committee meeting?

You will meet with the chair of your committee and the instructor of HMS 585 to review your CAP. You will give an overview of the CAP, share what you learned by doing it, and discuss how you will use what you learned in your practice.  You will respond to any questions the committee has regarding the CAP.  During the meeting your CAP will be evaluated, and you will be notified whether or not you need to make any revisions, and whether or not you will receive credit.

I live in another state and cannot afford to travel to campus to attend the CAP meeting.  What can I do?

The CAP meeting can be held in person, via the telephone, or via Skype.  Students who live away from campus will be able to defend the CAP remotely.