Full-time/Part-time Master of Applied Science m200masc

Master of Applied Science in Building Engineering/Building Science

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

The MASc degree will provide students with the capabilities to independently conduct rigorous, innovative research and publish, present and defend those research outcomes to expert peers. A core course component teaches advanced knowledge and skills leading to a holistic understanding of building performance. Specialized elective technical courses prepare students with in-depth knowledge to enable them to conduct research in their particular area. A well-structured research component is included in the program to enable students to develop research skills.

Students are required to complete a research methods course, conduct a literature survey, develop a research plan, write a research proposal, undertake innovative scientific research and complete a comprehensive research thesis that advances scientific knowledge. Students will conduct research independently with guidance from a thesis supervisory committee.

The Master of Applied Science program:

  • 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 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: one of the following:
    • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field or architecture with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%)* or
    • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in a related Science field with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%)*, preferably with an Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) diploma (Building Science option) or equivalent building science industry experience.

    * 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, the 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. Note that BSCI 9850 - Research Thesis is a 12.0 credit course covering one 12-month term. Part-time MASc students may complete the other required courses for their program while continuing to work at their profession. However, when it comes to undertaking their research thesis, students are expected to be fully engaged in the research. To meet this expectation, students are strongly recommended to take a leave from their work so that they may focus entirely on their thesis.

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

The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for the September 2017 intake will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

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

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

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

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four 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 Scholarship and Research Assistantship

Limited financial support for MASc students is available from the Building Science department and faculty members holding research grants. This financial support can be paid as a scholarship/bursary or as a research assistantship and is awarded on a competitive basis. Decisions on the awarding of this funding are made when applications are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee.

Scholarships from the Federal Government

Graduate students have the opportunity to receive grants through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) graduate scholarships program.

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 (9.0 credits required): Credits
  BSCI 9000 Building Science 1 3.0
  BSCI 9020 Building Materials 3.0
  BSCI 9110 Building Envelope 1 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 9130 Building Energy Performance 3.0
  BSCI 9150 Mechanical Systems and Control 3.0
  BSCI 9170 Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality 3.0
  BSCI 9210 Building Envelope 2 3.0
  BSCI 9240 Modelling of Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings 3.0
  BSCI 9250 Advanced Energy Simulation 3.0
 
3. Research Courses (18.0 credits required): Credits
  BSCI 9050 Research Methods 3.0
  BSCI 9650 Research Proposal 3.0
  BSCI 9850 Research Thesis 12.0
 
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: 36.0

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 two years.

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 minimum of two years and a maximum of five 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%.

Additional program options

Master of Engineering in Building Science

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

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

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Career opportunities for MASc graduates are available in the construction industry including building envelope consulting firms, acoustics consulting firms, engineering and architectural consulting firms, universities and colleges, research institutes, government agencies and municipalities, 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 it 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.

International Students

Application deadline for international students

May 31, 2016

Study permits

International students require a study permit to study at BCIT. For more information visit International at BCIT.

International Credential Evaluation Service

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their undergraduate degree by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). View the criteria for submitting documents on their website.

Submit your documents for evaluation well in advance of the graduate program application deadline. ICES comprehensive reports can take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to process.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as described on the Program Entry page. If your undergraduate courses were studied in English, but the country where you studied is not on the list on this webpage, you still must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016-2017 have not yet been posted on the BCIT website. Click to view the 2015-2016 rates for international students (PDF).

Tuition fees may be subject to a maximum 2% increase per annum.

Funding

Graduate student research assistantships are available on a competitive basis to Master of Applied Science students from the student's thesis supervisor. As indicated by the name, the duty for the awarded student is assisting with research. Students should check directly with faculty members for current graduate assistantship positions.

Campus housing

Information for International Students regarding on-campus and off-campus housing.

Additional resources

Further information on studying in Canada can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

International Student Centre

There is a section on the BCIT website devoted to international students. Visit the website for information on study permits, fees and other topics specific to international students.

A message can be sent to the International Student Centre directly by using the form at the bottom of their contact page.


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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