The BCIT Building Engineering/Building Science Master of Applied Science program provides 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduating & Jobs
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
Fitsum Tariku, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Bo Li, PhD, PEng, BESATM, CEM®
- Building energy performance, mechanical systems and control
Rodrigo Mora, PhD, PEng
- Indoor environmental quality, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, indoor environmental systems, indoor environmental modelling. Read more …
Won Suk Ohm, PhD
- Building acoustics, architectural acoustics
Shahrzad Pedram, MASc, PEng
- Building enclosure design & construction, thermal bridging, moisture management, durability, embodied carbon of materials, building enclosure resiliency
Wendy Ying Simpson, MASc
Zelalem Abebe, MSc
Carol Cordeiro, MSc
Application deadline for international students
International applicants can only apply to the full-time option.
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, the United Kingdom, 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
Please see the International Tuition & Fees page for tuition details. Tuition fees may be raised by a maximum of 2% per annum.
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 of the awarded student is to assist 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 the time commitment to the degree program:
- 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.
- You may not hold full-time employment during any period of time in which you hold the NSERC award.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Part-time PGS/CGS holders: No employment is permitted during tenure of the award without NSERC’s prior authorization.
Information for International Students regarding on-campus and off-campus housing.
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.
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.
The following scholarships and awards are available to graduate students:
- 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.
- 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.
- Building Science Graduate Program Conference Travel Award: (Up to $1,000 for travel to a conference to present a research conference paper)
For more, see BCIT Student Financial Aid & Awards.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Stephanie Williams with inquiries regarding Student Financial Aid and Awards.
For general inquiries, please email: BCIT_Buildingscience@bcit.ca
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