MUCP: A Unique Capstone Opportunity

The Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Project is designed for exceptional fourth-year students who are looking for a unique, challenging capstone design experience. Students in the MUCP:

  • Apply knowledge, skills and processes from different disciplines to conduct analysis;
  • Demonstrate judgement as they integrate economic, environmental, social, and other pertinent interdisciplinary factors;
  • Incorporate teamwork, project management, and direct stakeholder and Client interaction; and
  • Prove the feasibility of their solution.
     

Student Information Session:

The information date for the 2022-23 session will be announced shortly.
 

Application Requirement:

Interested students from participating faculties and departments can apply online when the application process has begun in the spring 2022. Date TBD.

Your application should include:

  • Online application
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed 300 words).
    • This statement should clearly assert your interest in participating in the course. Please speak to a specific project, how would you approach the project (from your discipline), or what would you learn from it.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript

Please check in Mid-April for the complete roster of projects available for the 2022/2023 year
 

Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 

  1. Am I eligible to apply for it?
    You are eligible to apply if you are scheduled to take a capstone course. The MUCP is a substitute course that you can take in place of your departmental capstone or independent thesis course.

  2. How are projects sourced?
    The School of Cities puts out a call for a Statement of Need early in the year for organizations and municipalities to submit projects. Submissions are accepted over a period of a month or so and projects are chosen. 

  3. If my team needs technical support or advice, is there another source of expertise aside from our supervisor and client that we can approach?
    If your team knows a faculty member that is an expert, the team can seek advice from that individual directly. 
    The Client is expected to spend about 1-2 hours per week to support the project from September to March. This support includes timely access to any data essential for completing the project. The specific details and scope of the project are discussed in an initial meeting in September with the student team, faculty supervisor, and appropriate subject matter experts. 

  4. What is the time commitment?
    Each student will work 10 hours per week for about 26 weeks. This includes 6 workshops hosted by the course Supervisor to support the multidisciplinary problem-solving process and the delivery of the project.

  5. Can I form my own team?
    There is a selection committee that will decide on the student teams, based on the ranking the applicant put in their application. The selection committee will carefully choose team members that best reflect the needs of the client. 

  6. I am not a student of participating departments, can I still apply for the MUCP?
    At this time MUCP is open to participating departments. If your department is not currently listed and you wish to apply, please contact us at capstone.sofc@utoronto.ca. You may request written permission from your host department to participate in the course along with your Statement of Interest and resume.