Launch Your Career
Full-time, Monday-Friday (45+ hours per week)
Launch School’s Capstone Program is an intensive process designed to give students who completed the Core Curriculum a career-launching job. It is an optional, admissions-based program that requires 16 weeks of full-time focus.
Capstone is modeled after a graduate school thesis - and its projects, graduates, and salaries are industry leading, rivaling those at top-tier universities. Please see Launch School’s Results & Outcomes page for average graduate salaries and duration to accepted offer.
The Capstone tuition fee is calculated from our Income Sharing Agreement (ISA), which is 18% of your first year salary, or $18k (USD) - whichever is higher. While we do not foresee any upcoming changes, before you sign an ISA contract we reserve the right to change this figure at any time.
Launch School does not charge major upfront fees to join the Capstone Program. To participate in Capstone we require a small down payment, and the remaining bulk of the fee is paid off once you accept a job offer and start receiving pay checks.
Launch School’s ISA considers base salary only and excludes bonuses, raises or equity compensation. This allows us to offer the lowest cost ISA on the market with industry-leading results.
Disclaimer: The Capstone Curriculum is constantly being updated to reflect the industry’s demands. As Launch School’s Core Curriculum is the prerequisite for Capstone, there is usually a long duration – perhaps years – between now and your Capstone experience. We ask that you treat the following as a general guide, as things may have changed between your reading this page and when you participate in Capstone.
Capstone can be roughly divided into several major phases:
Every Capstone team is assigned a working software engineer as a mentor, who provides an additional layer of support during Capstone. Mentors work at industry-leading companies and will meet with you and your team to provide mentorship and guidance on the problem domain your team is researching. All mentors are Capstone alumni, so they will draw on their own personal Capstone experiences to guide you on your Capstone journey.
In addition to project mentors, Capstone students also have access to the following student services throughout Capstone:
In Capstone, we can go all-out to provide the absolute best support possible. The above list is just some things we do for every cohort, but we tweak and improve the experience with every cohort and you'll be getting the best Capstone to date.
Capstone's aim is to help you compete for top software engineering jobs. For this reason, we ask that you are also aligned with this goal and that you are able to meet the following requirements:
We would especially like to encourage US residents to apply to Capstone, however we have also worked with residents in other countries including Canada and UK. Please keep in mind that non-US residents’ results and outcomes will differ. See the Results & Outcomes page for more information.
If you are not a resident from one of the countries above but would still like to participate in Capstone, please see the FAQ section below.
While the Capstone admission rate may vary over time, right now it remains quite high. Capstone admissions are determined by the number of people who finish Launch School’s Core Curriculum with high grades. As the Core Curriculum is a difficult program, those that finish with high grades are already considered to be job ready and are therefore qualified for Capstone.
That being said, there are several reasons why we may not be able to admit someone into Capstone, some of which include:
For further inquiries regarding Capstone, please email email@example.com.
As Capstone is our finishing program to the Core Curriculum, please also take some time to read through our Core Curriculum Page.
Below are students who completed the Launch School Core Curriculum and graduated from the Capstone Program, which typically lasts from about 1-2+ years. Read their stories to get a feel for their Software Engineering journey and transformation.
As part of the Capstone Program, students organize into teams to work on a Capstone Project. Below are some of the engineering projects that have come out of Capstone.