Traditionally, graduate programs (as well as some undergraduate programs) relied on a thesis as means for the student to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts presented to them during the course of the program. In many cases, the thesis was considered an academic deliverable and did not relate directly to the student’s work environment. A more practical approach to validating the student’s ability to demonstrate the new skills and knowledge acquired during the program is the evolution of the capstone project.
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