Online Master of Research (MRes) in Construction Science and Management

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Earn an online Master of Research in Construction Science and Management to gain the advanced skills to lead competitive organizations as we build the future.

Construction professionals play a crucial role in any industry engaged in the design of buildings and physical infrastructure in our communities – managing everything from critical infrastructure to technology integration in the planning and development of power plants, electrical grids, and commercial buildings. 

In today’s world, construction projects involve much more than just building structures. Construction leaders are responsible for managing data effectively, maximizing profits, and addressing significant global, environmental, and security challenges to remain competitive and viable now and in the future.

The Online Master of Research (MRes) in Construction Science and Management is a research-intensive program designed for construction professionals that enables them with the advanced technology and management skills to become the leaders who drive innovation in an industry undergoing revolutionary changes and stand out in highly competitive local, national, and global markets.

As an MRes student, you’ll conduct original research in an area of interest under the guidance of a dedicated thesis chair. Upon graduation, you will have published work that explores new ground in the construction science and management field.

What you’ll gain with an MRes in Construction Science and Management:

  • In-depth knowledge of construction science and management principles, such as business leadership, risk management, critical infrastructure, engineering, and advanced communication technology
  • Exposure to the academic publishing process and practical research experience
  • Specialized expertise in your area of interest, such as LEED certification, construction analytics, or business development 
  • Practical experience analyzing existing theories in construction science to draw data-supported conclusions to move the field forward
  • Technical skills to manage projects of all kinds, from sophisticated renovations and building upgrades to oversight of new large-scale construction
  • In-demand job skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication
  • Insight into how to integrate and synthesize alternate, divergent, or contradictory perspectives within the field
  • Enhanced career prospects in academia, research institutions, and advanced leadership roles
  • A mindset for continuous learning in a dynamic, rapidly changing industry
  • The opportunity to contribute original knowledge to emerging areas of an evolving field

With an Online MRes in Construction Science and Management degree, you can transform your career in the construction industry by developing essential skills, such as adaptability, creative thinking, teamwork, and expertise in management and engineering technology, that pave the way to high-demand construction leadership roles.

An MRes in Construction Science and Management prepares you to lead in these roles:

  • Business Development Director, Construction
  • Commercial Construction/ Retail & Commercial Construction Manager
  • Construction Design Project Manager
  • Construction Project Executive/Senior Project Manager
  • Construction Operations Manager
  • Construction Science Researcher
  • Director of Construction
  • Industrial Construction Manager
  • Site Engineer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Residential Construction Manager
  • Vice President, Construction
  • Vice President, Construction Technology

Our Online MRes in Construction Science and Management graduates apply their expertise as subject matter experts with senior-level roles in commercial, residential, civil, military, and construction technology companies, as well as to support the nation’s defense and critical infrastructure development in government agencies. Some of our graduates go on to pursue doctoral degrees, such as the PhD in Construction Science offered by our university.

Characteristics of an MRes

The MRes is a research-intensive degree designed for professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in a specific field with practical research experience to gain an edge in the job market or before starting a PhD program.

Students pursue an MRes degree to:  

  • Gain practical research experience
  • Enhance their expertise in a specific area
  • Advance their careers by learning in-demand skills
  • Contribute original research to evolving fields of knowledge
  • Prepare for doctorate programs

The Master of Research in Construction Science and Management program offers construction professionals advanced technology and management expertise to meet changing demands as the construction sector employs new technology, techniques, and materials. The program’s flexibility allows you to balance your studies and career and structure your research around your interests and needs. By the program’s end, you will have produced, presented, and defended your master's dissertation, with the opportunity to contribute new knowledge and ideas in this rapidly evolving field.

Why Capitol?

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Expert guidance in master’s research

Our industry-expert faculty provides advanced expertise in interdisciplinary methodology and the latest technology to guide you through your master's research. Your thesis Chair will help you with whatever you need to complete your research and contribute to an evolving field.

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Our location is a tech magnet

The Washington D.C./Baltimore, Maryland region is home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, from government agencies to defense contractors and other commercial enterprises. Many Capitol Tech faculty currently work with these leading tech organizations.

Online degree

Program is 100% online

Our master’s programs are offered 100% online, with no on-campus classes or residencies required, allowing you the flexibility needed to balance your studies and career.  

Capitol Tech Opportunities

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Center of Excellence in Construction Management (CECM)

MRes in Construction Science and Management students have access to our Center of Excellence in Construction Management (CECM), which provides an exceptional learning experience that combines strong foundational knowledge of construction management principles with real-world applications and promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and industry partnerships.


Craig Capano Faculty Profile

Dr. Craig Capano

Dissertation Chair/Adjunct Professor

Craig D. Capano, PhD, CPC, is a Dissertation Chair and Adjunct Professor at Capitol Technology University for PhD students in Construction Science. Dr. Capano earned his PhD in Civil Engineering, Master of Construction Science and Management degree, and a dual undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management. He completed post doctorate work at Harvard University’s College of Education focusing on Higher Education Administration. Dr. Capano brings extensive academic and professional experience with more than 47 years of experience in the construction industry and over 25 years in academic program leadership. He currently serves as principal of The Capano Group, a consulting firm for contractors and construction education.

Gary Burke

Gary Burke

Program Director

Gary Burke is the Program Director for Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure and a professor with Capitol Technology University. Professor Burke received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and his BS in Building Science from Auburn University. He has extensive experience in business operations and management, commercial and residential construction, real estate and land development, and residential and commercial property. Professor Burke has a passion for education and has mentored hundreds of students in the construction management field.  

Dr. Bradford L. Sims

Dr. Bradford L. Sims


Dr. Bradford L. Sims became Capitol Technology University's eighth president on June 1, 2017. An educator, administrator and construction project manager, Dr. Sims has extensive experience both in academia and industry. 

Dr. Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Dissertation Chair

Dr. Richard Baker is Dissertation Chair of Graduate Programs at Capitol Technology University. He previously served as associate professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology, and as executive director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

Career Opportunities

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Market Demand for Construction Science and Management Expertise

Over the next decade, population and business growth will result in the construction of new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other structures. Additionally, safety enhancements to national infrastructure are expected to create jobs, as roads, bridges, and sewer pipes are updated or replaced.

There’s also a growing trend toward adopting sustainable practices such as Green Building, including retrofitting buildings to improve their energy efficiency and obtaining LEED certification.

Construction leaders are constantly exploring new solutions to keep up with the surge in growth due to the rising demand for innovation, as construction processes and building technology are rapidly becoming more complex and demand that projects be completed on time and under budget while delivering higher quality results.

The MRes in Construction Science and Management positions you with the latest knowledge and skills to meet the demands of rapidly expanding growth and complexity of construction activity. You’ll build a combination of technological and business expertise that makes you highly qualified to lead the future of construction in high-paying jobs across all areas of industry and government in a highly competitive global environment.


The completion of the M.Res. in Construction Science and Management program requires the student to produce, present, and defend a master's dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the M.Res. Review Board, which consists of the Dean and a senior academic with external expertise as needed and the M.Res. Review Board.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • The per credit charge for all other masters courses is $630 per credit hour.
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit.
  • The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit.
  • The information technology fee is $40 per credit hour.
  • High School and Community College full-time faculty and full-time staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for master programs.

Find additional information for 2024-2025 masters tuition and fees.

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