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MDS Graduate Research and Writing


This class is a workshop in which you will prepare an academic research paper that could support a capstone project. Assignments are not directed at the creation of new knowledge through experimentation or survey, but at the gathering and ordering of knowledge within an area of interest. The course thus provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in an area of special interest to your values and career. The course also helps prepare you for a capstone project. Most students will choose a capstone topic involving a real world project. For those with a professional design background this might mean design of a building, interior or landscape. For others it might mean design of a process for community motivation, policy change or program management. The opportunity to stand back and gain knowledge in a particular area will be of great benefit in addressing a real-world situation during the capstone semester. Finally, this course will give you the opportunity to advance your writing and critical thinking skills - universally acknowledged as critical abilities in today's career environment.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * AS7129
Co-Requisites None.
Fall, Spring


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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