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NYU SPS Capstone Program

About the Competition

NYU School of Professional Studies’ Capstone Program provides our graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to apply their classroom learning in complex, real-world environments. The final product exemplifies the volume and depth of theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom.

This annual Spring Capstone Competition will feature projects that most embody SPS's innovative spirit. We invite students that will be graduating in the Spring and we include Fall and Summer graduates to participate. Students can apply via form and Faculty will be able to nominate individuals or teams.

Once submissions are in, our Academic Directors will review and select three from each Division and these individuals/teams will present at the Capstone Fair. The fair will yield eight winning projects, one from each academic unit and Real World.

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Capstone Structure

Step 1: Submit your nomination or Capstone materials. If you are nominated by a faculty member, a member of our Capstone Competition planning team will reach out to you to collect your materials.

Step 2: Three finalists from each division will be selected to participate in the Capstone Fair. Finalists will be notified.

Step 3: Finalists will be given a table at our Capstone Fair to present their projects to our judges.

Step 4: Our judges will select a winner from each division and Real World. Winners will be notified.

Step 5: Winners will give their individual or group presentations which will be followed by an awards lunch reception.


The eight selected winners will earn the same prize, a division specific certificate and a special celebration lunch. The winning Capstones will also be published to the Faculty Digital Archive.

Capstone Competition - Spring 2024

Save the date for our Spring 2024 Capstone Competition, which will be held in May 2024. 

Highlights from the 2023 Capstone Competition

View photos from our Capstone Fair.

We look forward to seeing your submissions for our Spring Capstone Competition. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or by phone at 212-998-7002. 


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