Mercyhurst University guarantees that every incoming student who graduates with a Mercyhurst associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree will have gained real-world, outside-the-classroom experience in his or her discipline. These “hands-on” or applied learning opportunities, which we call capstone experiences, are part of the required curriculum for every student, in every major or program offered at Mercyhurst.

We believe that these capstone experiences add considerable value to any Mercyhurst University degree by enhancing each student’s job search, career progress or pursuit of further education following graduation from Mercyhurst.

Every academic program at Mercyhurst includes a capstone course as part of its curriculum. These courses are meant to provide students with learning experiences that replicate work that would be done in professional or graduate school settings, and allows them to build their portfolios and resumes while earning credit towards graduation. These guaranteed experiences, combined with other hands-on opportunities like study abroad and service projects, give our students an edge in today's competitive job market.

In our capstone course, students will have the opportunity to bring together their skills in data wrangling, data visualization, and machine learning in a learning experience, which will ordinarily be partnering, as a team, with an outside organization to assist them with their data analytics. This experience may also be a course in a new, cutting-edge application of data science, or participation in competitive data science.