Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Capstone Projects

Emergency Management Capstone Process

As a culminating experience, Master of Science in Threat and Response Management students put into practice the knowledge and skills they have learned during their coursework by completing a capstone project. The project is a degree requirement and is completed during the last three quarters of their program. Program staff support these efforts by curating a portfolio of projects with capstone sponsors which include industry partners, governmental agencies, and program graduates. The program also facilitates matching students to projects based on skills and interest and helps assign scientific advisors to provide guidance and mentorship. 

The capstone process is an opportunity for students to develop and implement an emergency management solution and explore potential networking and employment partnerships. Students work together in small teams and begin the experience in the autumn quarter.

First Quarter
Students review their project and develop a plan for implementation, meet with project sponsors to document scope, goals, requirements, and timeline. Students write a project proposal and confirm with the sponsor and advisors.

Second Quarter
Students implement the project and are expected to spend approximately 80-100 hours on implementation. Depending on the proposal, students work onsite or remotely with the sponsor and check in weekly regarding progress. Sponsors are expected to give regular feedback to ensure project is moving in the right direction.

Third Quarter
Students write their final paper and develop a presentation. At the end of the final quarter, sponsors, faculty, and students are invited to a showcase of all the capstone projects.

Sample Capstone Project

Interested in uncovering a use for unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, or drones, that might de-stigmatize the popular image they’ve acquired through their military use abroad, TRM capstone students sought to outfit a drone with a signal-detecting device capable of locating cellphone signals as a way to improve the detection of humans following a major earthquake.