Capstone Project

The Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program at Johns Hopkins encourages students to enhance their marketable and academic portfolio by completing an Independent Research Project (contact Professor Burgess at or a capstone course, “Research Design for Capstone Projects in Energy and Environmental Sciences”, also known as the 425.800 Capstone Project. During the Capstone Project, students engage in research and apply the multidisciplinary knowledge they have acquired during their program of study to a real-world question focused on environmental and policy-related issues.

Students have the option of working individually or in a small team on a project sponsored and mentored by an external entity, such as a governmental agency or not-for-profit group, or a member of the JHU faculty. These projects result in a deliverable, such as a written report, and a formal presentation of research results to both the external entity and faculty.

Instructor permission is required in order to register for this course as a project proposal needs to be developed the semester before the course is taken. For more information, please view the new Capstone Guidelines and consult the course instructor Daniel Zachary (

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.