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 or a supervised research project.
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
MEng students are required to select one of two pathways for the completion of the program.
Path 1: course option
Students take 10 courses: 4 core courses and 6 elective courses. For this path the Research Methods course is optional. Except for the core fundamental courses, all other courses include a research component.
Path 2: industry/research project option
Students take 7 courses plus Research Methods, and a comprehensive industry/research project. Students engage in applied research on a relevant industry problem under the supervision of a faculty member.
Acceptance into Path 2 is dependent on:
- A faculty supervisor accepting to supervise the student.
- The skills and motivation of the student to engage in applied research on a topic of interest for both student and supervisor.
Students not accepted for Path 2 are enrolled in Path 1.
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.
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, email your undergraduate transcript and curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 …
Hamid Heiderali, MEng, PEng, LEED AP
- Building science consultation with a focus on improving energy efficiency, moisture management, durability, and thermal comfort
Wendy Ying Simpson, MASc
Zelalem Abebe, MSc
Application deadline for international students
International applicants can only apply to the full-time option of this program.
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, the 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
Please see the International Tuition & Fees page for tuition details. Tuition fees may be raised by a maximum of 2% per annum.
Master of Engineering students do not normally qualify for graduate student research assistantships; however, limited funds may be available to assist with research projects from the student’s research supervisor.
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.
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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