As the finale and culminating course in the Global Hospitality Leadership program, the Capstone showcases a student’s mastery of subject in one, comprehensive research project.
This course gives the student the opportunity to focus on the particular subset of hospitality with which they identify and in which they are looking to specialize. The industry-based Capstone project will serve as a semester-long opportunity for students to produce a substantial piece of original work under the tutelage of an industry sponsor and program faculty. Students will partner with a Capstone Advisor, who—as an industry professional—will serve as a guide through the detailed development and execution of the actual project and related deliverables. Successful projects will reflect current and future industry challenges, partner with a brand or company within the industry, and produce a body of work that delivers recommendations, and practical, implementable, and innovative solutions.
As an individualized endeavor, the course provides the opportunity for students to synthesize the theoretical and practical content taught during the program while will also reviewing and examining the primary knowledge, skills, and learning goals of the MPS-GHL program. Special emphasis will be placed upon the leadership and ethical skills introduced early in the program, including verbal presentations, written assessments, research methodologies, decision-making, and strategic planning. Students must propose a thesis project, work with a dedicated Capstone Advisor to develop the project, author an in-depth research paper, supporting action plan, executive summary (“white paper”), create a visual presentation, and present and orally defend their work in front of a panel of faculty and experts at the semester’s end.
Enrollment in this course is through application and approval. A minimum grade of "B" (3.00) is required in the Capstone course to graduate regardless of the student's cumulative GPA.
Note: Registration in the class requires department approval. MPS degree core requirement. Minimum grade of "B" needed to pass. Students must have completed 24 credit hours before enrolling. Needs Department Approval.