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Master of Research (M.Res.) in Systems Engineering

Starting Spring 2023

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Earn a Master of Research degree in Systems Engineering and learn the fundamentals of managing, developing, and deploying systems across many professions.

Systems Engineering is an important area of study that focuses on systems management from start to finish. Systems Engineers work to develop integrated systems and manage them through their lifecycle - whether it be an electrical network in construction, a bio-database for scientific studies, flight navigation communications, or the online infrastructure of a computerized system. Companies need front-end and back-end engineers to create, manage, and secure these complex and information-rich systems. Students of this discipline will learn the organizational skills, management skills, and technical skills necessary to become a leader in the field and an asset to any employer. And with Capitol Tech’s unique resources, partnerships, and proximity to the nation’s technology hub of Washington, D.C. and the DMV, prospective students will find many internships and job opportunities available to them.

The M.Res. in Systems Engineering program is structured for those with experience, or established professionals, in the Engineering field with an appropriate degree. During the program, students will conduct original research in an approved area of Systems Engineering.  

For continued study, a PhD in Systems Engineering is also offered at our university. 

Why Capitol?

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Expert faculty guidance throughout your education

You’ll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your masters research and build knowledge in the field. 

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Industry and STEM-focused institution

Capitol has built a strong track record of providing high-quality academic programs that respond to emerging industry needs, from business analytics to cybersecurity, in the STEM fields. 

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Program is 100% online

At Capitol, we believe online learning can equal and even surpass a traditional classroom environment. We provide our online learners with virtual labs and a state-of-the-art instructional delivery platform. With our program, you’ll gain the interaction and hands-on practice you need to develop your potential.

Key Faculty

Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Dr. Richard Baker is Associate Dean 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.  

Dr. Chuck Connor

Dr. Charles Conner

Chair of Engineering

Dr. Charles Conner has worked in industry and academia since 1980.  His specialty is digital signal and image processing and has worked with Catholic University as well as many government agencies.  He started teaching (part-time) in 1984.

Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. William (Bill) Butler is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Capitol Technology University. Prior to this appointment in 2021, Dr. Butler served as Cybersecurity Chair for 8 years at Capitol Tech. Earlier in his career, he worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant for over 20 years. He also served as a joint qualified communications information systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service (active and reserve). Dr. Butler holds a Doctorate in cybersecurity earned from Capitol focusing on preserving cellphone privacy and countering illegal cell towers (IMSI catchers).

Career Opportunities

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Market demand for systems engineering expertise

Get the necessary credentials to take on a leadership role; become a researcher, speaker, author, or trusted expert.

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A degree that is relevant to any and every organization

Graduates will contribute significantly to the systems engineering field through the creation of new knowledge and ideas.

Degree Details


The completion of the M.Res. in Systems Engineering 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 2022-2023 academic year, beginning in Fall 2022 and continuing through Summer 2023:

  • The per credit charge for graduate courses:
    • Online or satellite campus (per credit) - $630, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
    • Independent study (per credit) - $877, plus fees (information technology and other applicable fees)
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $350 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $530 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • There is no charge for online application, $40 fee for paper application

For 2022-2023 masters tuition and fees, click here.

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