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BCIT Master of Engineering in Building Science

The Master of Engineering in Building Science degree is designed to provide students from various engineering disciplines with advanced knowledge and skills to achieve a holistic understanding of building performance through a core course component, which is composed of a fundamental technical cluster, and an applied technical cluster. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of a specialty area through focused elective technical courses and a supervised research project.

The well-structured research component enables students to develop advanced research skills. Students are required to complete a research methods course and a comprehensive research project. This project will require students to define a research problem, develop a viable methodology and research design, and arrive at appropriate solutions or conclusions. Students are required to work with a project supervisor to define the research problem and submit a research report on their findings and recommendations.

The Master of Engineering degree:

  • Offers an interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Specializes in building science
  • Emphasizes an engineering approach for practical problem solving
  • Focuses on applied research to provide solutions to industry problems
  • Engages students in interdisciplinary research
  • Is supported by a strong foundation of research infrastructure unique to western Canada
  • Delivers a first-of-a-kind program in BC and western Canada

Graduate student funding opportunities

There is funding available on a competitive basis to graduate students. Please see the list of faculty members for their research interests and then contact the faculty individually if you would like more information.

Program Entry

Application processing

Full-time and Part-time applications will be received as follows:

First round - Domestic and International applicants: November 1* to May 31*

Second round - Domestic applicants: June 1* to July 15*

Note: There is no second round for International applicants due to the time required to obtain a study permit. Applications will be received based on seat availability

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Upload proof of meeting the following to your online application:

  • English: one of the following:
    • Two years of full-time post-secondary education in English in an English-speaking country with 3 credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution OR
    • View other ways to meet the English requirement

  • Post-secondary: 4-year Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%)*

    * GPA will be calculated by using grades earned in the last two years of study (60.0 credits) in the undergraduate degree

    Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

  • Math: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations equivalent to UBC Math 221 and UBC Math 255. You are not required to take these specific UBC courses; they are listed here for you to refer to their course descriptions. If you have already studied these subjects as part of your bachelor’s degree, please give particulars in your online application:

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Submit the following to the department as directed:

  • Two references supporting your academic suitability. Your references may be either academic or professional. Please use the appropriate template:

    A letter in addition to the report may also be submitted.

    Note: References (reports and letters) must be emailed by the referee to buildingscience@bcit.ca -AND- the reference with the original signature mailed to the address listed at the end of the Referee’s Report form.

Step 2: Department Review

Only complete applications that include all the required supporting documentation will be evaluated. All complete applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Selection Committee and ranked on a competitive basis. The applicants that are best suited for success in the program will be offered a place.

Building envelope laboratory course

Applicants without industry experience in building science may be required to enroll in BLDC 3060 - Building Envelope Laboratory. Fees for this course will need to be paid in addition to the master’s degree tuition. Applicants will be advised if they need to take this course after their application has been reviewed by the Graduate Selection Committee. Applicants who are required to take this course can do so concurrently with their first term studies. It is not necessary to complete this course prior to enrolling in the master’s program.

Industry practitioners

Industry practitioners are encouraged to apply for part-time study.

Professional development

Subject to departmental approval and course availability, students who satisfy the entrance requirements may take no more than two courses for professional development without first applying to the program. Please see Program details.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Degree Studies Fees & Refunds section of the website for more information on tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximate costs for books, a computer and supplies are $800 per semester.

(This is a general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Stephanie Williams with inquiries regarding Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Graduate student funding opportunities

There is funding available on a competitive basis to graduate students from faculty. Please see the list of faculty members for their research interests and then contact the faculty individually if you would like more information.

Courses

Program delivery

The program will be delivered in a face-to-face format in classroom and research laboratories, seminars and supervisor/student meetings.

Note: Applicants with no industry experience are also required to complete the BLDC 3060 Building Envelope Laboratory course.

Students have the flexibility to complete the program either full-time or part-time. Please see the Program Length section for additional information.

Part-time delivery:

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Core Technical Courses (15.0 credits required): Credits
  BSCI 9000 Building Science 1 3.0
  BSCI 9020 Building Materials 3.0
  BSCI 9110 Building Envelope 1 3.0
  BSCI 9130 Building Energy Performance 3.0
  BSCI 9210 Building Envelope 2 3.0
 
2. Technical Electives (9.0 credits required): Credits
Complete THREE courses from the following list of technical electives. Or, upon Graduate Program Director approval, students may complete TWO courses (6.0 credits) from the following list and ONE course (3.0 credits) of approved technical electives from outside of the program.
  BSCI 9060 Advanced Acoustics 3.0
  BSCI 9100 Building Science 2 3.0
  BSCI 9150 Mechanical Systems and Control 3.0
  BSCI 9170 Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3.0
  BSCI 9240 Modelling of Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings 3.0
  BSCI 9250 Advanced Energy Simulation 3.0
 
3. Research Courses (9.0 credits required): Credits
  BSCI 9050 Research Methods 3.0
  BSCI 9750 Industry/Research Project 6.0
 
4. Graduate Seminar Courses (required but no credit given): Credits
  BSCI 9054 Graduate Seminar Orientation 0.0
  BSCI 9055 Graduate Seminar Series 0.0
 
Total Credits: 33.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Professional development

Students who satisfy the Building Science Graduate Program entrance requirements may take no more than two courses for professional development without having to first apply to the program, subject to departmental approval and course availability. Professional development students must satisfy the prerequisites for any course.

All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee to ensure candidates are suited for success in the course.

Industry practitioners are encouraged to apply.

Program length

To complete the program requirements, full-time students will need a minimum of 3 consecutive terms. The first two terms are each 15 weeks in length; the third term is 30 weeks.

The program can also be completed part-time, with students taking fewer courses each term and taking more time to complete the program.

In any case, the program must be completed within a maximum of 5 years.

Switching degrees or student status from full-time or part-time

Admission decisions are based on a student’s application to a specific degree, MASc or MEng, and a specific delivery, full-time or part-time. Students are expected to finish the degree with the delivery they have been accepted into. Under exceptional circumstances, students may request to switch degrees or delivery mode. Any request to change from one degree to another or from full-time or part-time delivery must be made in writing to the Graduate Program Director. This request may or may not be approved for the same academic year.

All requests outlined below must be made on the following form: http://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/admission/withdrawalft.pdf

Domestic Students

  • Students who have been accepted to the full-time MEng or MASc degree who would like to switch to the other degree, must withdraw from the program and re-apply to the degree of choice.
  • Students who have been accepted as full-time who would like to switch to part-time delivery, or vice-versa, must withdraw from the program and re-apply to the delivery of choice.

International Students

  • International students who have been accepted to the full-time MASc are not permitted to switch to the MEng degree at any time during their studies. Students must withdraw from the program and re-apply.
  • International students who have been accepted to the full-time MEng who would like to switch to the MASc must withdraw from the program and re-apply.
  • International students who have been accepted to full time who would like to switch to part-time, or vice-versa, must withdraw from the program and re-apply to the delivery of choice. It is the students’ obligation to ensure they fulfill the requirements of their Study Permit.

Grading

Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%; however, each student is required to maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 75%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Graduates of the program may have the opportunity to pursue Ph.D. studies in building science at other universities.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Career opportunities for Building Science Master's graduates are available in the construction industry including research institutes, engineering and architectural consulting firms, universities and colleges, government agencies and cities, warranty providers, manufacturers, and testing agencies.

It is anticipated that graduates with good academic standing will also have the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies at other universities.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Fitsum Tariku, PhD
Graduate Program Director

Maureen Connelly, PhD, MAIBC
Faculty

Bo Li, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, BESATM, CEM®
Faculty

  • Building energy performance, mechanical systems and control

Rodrigo Mora, PhD, P.Eng
Faculty

Hamid Heiderali, M.Eng., P.Eng., LEED AP
Instructor

  • Building science consultation with a focus on improving energy efficiency, moisture management, durability, and thermal comfort
Ron Krpan M.A.Sc., P.Eng

John Lovatt, M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Instructor

  • Building envelope, indoor environmental quality, air leakage testing, control techniques and materials

Leslie Peer, PhD, P.Eng
Instructor

  • Technical review and internal education in materials engineering, building envelope engineering, and structural restoration

Staff

Ellen Scobie, BFA
Graduate Program Assistant

Wendy Ying Simpson, M.A.Sc.
Research Analyst

Doug Horn, AScT, SEMAC
Research Analyst

Contact Us

Ellen Scobie
Graduate Program Assistant
604-432-8645
Ellen_Scobie@bcit.ca

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Testimonial

You will experience hands-on projects and build simulation models all through real industry standards. The program guides you to build your knowledge on top of the materials you have learnt before, and the result is very rewarding. The final project may also push your limits. In my case, specifying your original design and materials, down to the nuts and bolts, to construct a test wall of my own. Read Q&A with Herman Kwok.


Herman Kwok, M.Eng 2013