Data Science Masters

How can your organization sponsor a capstone project?

The MSDS program trains students with the skills to extract valuable insights from data. In the last two quarters of the program, our students put their skills to use by completing a capstone project. Capstone projects give students the opportunity to solve a real-world data challenge facing a company or not-for-profit organization.

Capstone teams consist of two to five MSDS students. Each team will work with their sponsoring organization to recommend solutions to a strategic problem or operational challenge facing the sponsor. Along with the satisfaction of shaping the next generation of leaders in data science, sponsors benefit from high-quality data science services that can help move their organization forward. Sponsors also gain access to a pipeline of talented data scientists.

Why sponsor a capstone project?

  • Partner with creative data science talent for a fresh look at an organizational challenge.
  • Talented data scientists will provide innovative solutions to move your company forward.
  • Raise your company’s profile by mentoring the next generation of data scientists.
  • Build strong relationships with rising data scientists.

Sponsorship FAQs

What are the benefits to the Capstone Sponsor?

Capstone Sponsors have the opportunity to:

  • Engage creative minds for a fresh look at your data science problems.
  • Talented data scientists provide innovative solutions for your requirements.
  • Raise your company’s profile by mentoring rising data scientists.
  • Build relationships with the next generation of data scientists.

Do I need to know data science?

No, our students will communicate important ideas to you in a way that can be understood without advanced data science knowledge

Do I need data?

Yes. If you do not currently have the data, you must know a legally available source for the data. You may also need a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) to clarify how students can use the data or discuss their findings – please check with your organization’s legal group to see whether such an agreement is needed.

Do I need to be in Seattle?

No. Our students can work with you remotely.

How much time will this require?

0-2 hours per week over a period of 2 quarters, from late-September through early-March of the following year.

What kinds or capstone projects have students done in the past?

Interested in sponsoring a capstone project?

Email msds-capstone@uw.edu