Information Management Systems Capstone

Prof Zoya Kinstler "I always enjoy meeting students in person when we gather for our weekend session on campus. Three things happen during this special weekend: 1) a significant amount of new course material gets learned and discussed; 2) students start to collaborate on team projects where they bring their own academic knowledge, unique talents, and industry experiences; and 3) the social bonding occurs that is so crucial for the college experience: people find new friends and, of course, buy Harvard shirts at the Coop. Just to illustrate the professional make-up of our class: there’re two Chief Information Officers of large companies, three Technology Directors, a tech startup founder, an enterprise architect with 40 years of experience, and a European college professor. "  Zoya Kinstler, instructor.


For the Information Management System capstone you work with an international team of professionals to identify a current IT challenge, and propose a fully defined solution plan.  You work in a team to research current trends, identify a problem, plan a solution, and present a proposal to an assembled faculty panel.

The exact nature of your project will be determined by which capstone course you decide to enroll in. ISMT E-599 focuses on the Digital Enterprise, while ISMT E-599a concentrates on Information Management. Both are taught in a similar fashion. For more course specific information, see ISMT E-599 or ISMT E-599a.


You register as you would any other course, usually at the end of your program. You need to have completed at least 36 credits to be eligible for capstone. Currently, the capstone is offered online with a mandatory weekend on campus during the fall and spring term. In summer, the capstone is offered as an on-campus course during the intensive, seven-week session.


Zoya Kinstler, PhD, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Verizon Communications, Inc. (ISMT 599)

Richard E. Joltes, ALM, Senior Content Analytics Architect, US Department of Transportation (ISMT 599a)