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Overview

Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

Courses

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 Department to ensure candidates are suited for success in the course. Industry practitioners are encouraged to apply.
Courses available for professional development:

  •     BSCI 9000 Building Science
  •     BSCI 9020 Building Materials
  •     BSCI 9060 Advanced Acoustics
  •     BSCI 9170 Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
  •     BSCI 9130 Building Energy Performance

To apply for permission to register for a professional development course, email your undergraduate transcript and curriculum vitae to buildingscience@bcit.ca.

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Fitsum Tariku, PhD
Graduate Program Director

Maureen Connelly, PhD
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
Faculty

  • Building science consultation with a focus on improving energy efficiency, moisture management, durability, and thermal comfort

Emishaw Iffa, PhD
Faculty

  • Building envelope, whole building performance, indoor air quality, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), mechanical systems

Ron Krpan M.A.Sc., P.Eng

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

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

Leslie Peer, PhD, P.Eng
Faculty

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

 

Staff

Susan Kong, BSc.
Graduate Program Assistant

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

Zelalem Abebe, MSc.
Research Analyst

 

International Students

Application deadline for international students

May 31

Study Permits

Visit the international student section of the BCIT website for more information on study permits.

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 the ICES 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 Entrance Requirements page. If your undergraduate courses were studied in English, but the country where you studied is not on the list of “English-speaking countries”, you must still meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as described on the Program Entry page.

International Tuition Fees

View the 2017-2018 rates (PDF) for international students. Tuition fees may be raised by a maximum of 2% per annum.

Funding

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

Time Commitment for Funding Eligibility

It is expected that students receiving research funding from the department will be devoted full time to complete their program. Given that most research funding is obtained from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), below are the requirements from NSERC with respect to time commitment to the degree program:

  1. NSERC expects award holders to devote the majority of their time to the expeditious completion of their degree program. As a guideline, NSERC strongly suggests that award holders limit the number of hours of employment per 12-month period to 450 hours.
  2. You may not hold full-time employment during any period of time in which you hold the NSERC award.
  3. Payment of the award during paid internships and co-op work terms is permitted, regardless of your registration status, provided that they are a requirement of your program of studies.
  4. You may not concurrently hold an award from another federal granting agency (CIHR or SSHRC). You may, however, accept awards from other sources, regardless of value (e.g., foreign sources, provincial awards, private organizations or your university).
  5. You may accept supplements from NSERC grants. There is no limit on the value of such supplements. Any such funding is to be in support of your work as a graduate student and is not to be remuneration for additional duties performed.
  6. Part-time PGS/CGS holders: No employment is permitted during tenure of the award without NSERC’s prior authorization.

Campus Housing

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

Additional Resources

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

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.

Scholarships and Funding

Graduate Student Funding

There is funding available on a competitive basis to graduate students.

  • Master of Applied Science Students are eligible to apply for departmental funding which is awarded on a competitive basis by faculty members holding research grants. Please see the list of faculty members for their research interests and then contact the faculty individually if you would like more information.
  • Master of Engineering Students are eligible to apply for limited funding which is awarded on a competitive basis by faculty members holding research grants. Please see the list of faculty members for their research interests and then contact the faculty individually if you would like more information.

BCIT Bursaries

Master’s students who are residents of Canada are eligible to apply for bursaries from BCIT in their second term, which falls into the Winter bursary term. Applications for that term will be available the first week of January and the deadline is January 30.

Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available to graduate students:

  1. NSERC Graduate Scholarship
  1. BCBEC MASC Award: The BC Building Envelope Council, Tom Morstead Memorial Award: The award is based on a combination of high academic standing, leadership, service and best all-round performance in Levels 1 and 2 of the program; no need to apply.
  1. BCBEC MEng Award: The BC Building Envelope Council, Education Foundation Award: The award is based on a combination of high academic standing, leadership, service and best all-round performance in Levels 1 and 2 of the program; no need to apply.
  1. Engineers Canada
  1. RCI Foundation
  1. Building Science Graduate Program Conference Travel Award: (Up to $1,000 for travel to a conference to present a research conference paper)
  1. Palantir Women in Technology
  1. L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships

For more, see BCIT Student Financial Aid & Awards.

Financial Aid

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

Contact Us

Tiana Voo
Graduate Program Assistant
604-432-8645
tvoo@bcit.ca

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