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Capstone Resources


Your instructor will develop his/her teaching syllabus from the Master Course Syllabus.  The teaching syllabus will be used for your specific course section.  There are two resources listed on the MCS.  Most students will have a copy of the APA Style Guide from taking the MSA 600 course.  The Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project is free and the link can be found on this webpage.

MSA698 MCS.pdf - MSA 698: Directed Administrative Portfolio

  • Prerequisites are 27 credits completed in the MSA program which include a C or better in MSA 600, MSA 601, MSA 602, MSA 603, and MSA 604.
  • 16 weeks
  • 5 Ten-page related papers (50 pp minimum) (a paper due every 2-3 weeks)
    • Papers are evaluating your topic based on the angle of each of the MSA core classes with the 5th one being a conclusion paper.
  • APA required
  • IRB/RRA approval not necessary
  • Secondary research accepted
  • Is not related to the proposal developed in MSA 600
  • Rubric scoring
  • 2nd review not required
  • Must be related to concentration
  • Must address a real-world administrative problem
  • Prerequisites will not be waived and may not be taken concurrently

MSA699 MCS.pdf - MSA 699: Traditional Capstone Research

  • Prerequisites are 24 credits completed in the MSA program which include a C or better in MSA 600, MSA 602, and MSA 603.
  • 16 weeks
  • ONE 50-75 page research paper
  • APA required
  • IRB/RRA approval required
  • Primary research required
  • Is not related to the proposal developed in MSA 600
  • Rubric scoring
  • 2nd review required
  • Must be related to concentration

Refer to the Library website for samples and additional helpful materials:  .

Student Guides

This page includes MSA 699 resources: forms, and templates for the Research Review Application process as well as the July 2016 edition of the Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project, Parts 1 and 2.

MSA 699 Resources (July 2016 Edition and August 2017 update):

Forms for the Research Review Application (RRA) process:

The fillable PDF will accept either a digital signature (see instructions in Student Guide) or a typed signature.  

Instructions and Helps:


Survey Templates:

Interview Templates

Permission Letter Template


Institutional Review Board

The majority of MSA students will complete the research review application process.  Students with projects meeting the definition of research will be required to complete CITI training and go through CMU's IRB (Institution Review Board) process. 

CMU's Office of Research Compliance oversees this process.  Effective June 3, 2019, IRBManager was adopted as the replacement for IRBNet.  IRBManager is an Internet-based submission system and is the only method available for submitting an IRB application.  

Please review the IRBManager User Guidance page for information about the IRB process and the use of IRBManager.  Contact the MSA Office for additional assistance (989-774-2367).  Please note that the instructor must be listed as the primary investigator on all IRB forms.

Online Training in the Use of Human Subjects (CITI)

CITI training is only required for students who need the IRB process because they plan to use human subjects in their research and either publish project results or disseminate to a wider audience. CMU has adopted the online training system offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers courses in the responsible conduct of research and can be individualized for specific university needs.  CITI allows for the tracking of individuals who have completed their respective training requirements. Thus, individuals who are required to complete training in human subjects research would complete only the training relevant in this area.

Students and their instructors will register with CITI and complete the Basic Human Subjects—Social and Behavioral Focus course.  The course must be completed at 80% or better for each module.  This training must be in place prior to submission of any IRB materials through IRBManager.

ORSP (Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 989-774-6401)

IRB Committee Information

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