Student Research

Capstone Project

The Capstone Research Project is the major project undertaken during the final year of the program. Fully equivalent to a thesis, the Capstone is an in-depth, independent project undertaken by each student and supported by a supervisor from the faculty. Small working groups are established within the second year cohort to enable peer and supervisor input and discussion.

You can access Capstone project summaries in pdf format on SFU’s Summit research repository site. 

Use Search our Collections feature on main page and enter author name. To access the complete list of Capstone projects by MPP students, go to Filter by Collection in the right-side menu and select Public Policy in the displayed list. Complete copies of Capstone reports are available in most cases.

Please search Recently Submitted Theses if you cannot find the thesis you are looking for. Newly submitted theses will not yet be added to Summit as it takes approximately 12 months for a submitted thesis to go through the various protocols prior to being added to the Library's collection.

To receive an electronic copy of a complete Capstone report please email the School of Public Policy Program Manager at and provide the author’s name and project title.  

BC Priorities Projects

The BC Priorities Project (BCP)is a research and educational collaboration between SFU’s School of Public Policy and provincial government and other agency partners. The goals of the project are to enhance the learning outcomes of our students by giving them the opportunity to work on public policy issues of concern to government ministries and agencies.

Each year, the first-year cohort receive topic areas from external organizations participating as a BCP project partner.  In teams of four to six members, students investigate the problems over the two semesters of the Introduction to Policy Issues I and II courses (PLCY 800 and 807). The program is structured to match students’ interests with organizational needs in evidence-based research and policy analysis. Each student team delivers a written report and presentation regarding their findings and recommendations to members of the partner organizations. Timeline:   starting October with project completion in late March/early April.  Interested organizations can contact us from May to August to discuss becoming a BCP partner.

Partner Organizations and Projects - 2018/19

BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training  Post-secondary education attainment for former youth in care

BC Ministry of Education  Impact of Inclusive Education Approaches on Student Outcomes

City of Vancouver  Nightlife Economy in Vancouver

EcoTrust Canada  Community Fisheries

First Nations Health Authority  Hepatitis C Testing, Treatment and Prevention for First Nations in BC

Office of the Representative for Children and Youth  Performance Measures: Jurisdictional Review and Analysis of Practices

Technical Safety BC  Passenger Ropeways: Managing Aging and End-of-Life Equipment