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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Visit the international student section of the BCIT website for more information on study permits.
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.
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 of "English-speaking countries", you must still meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as described on the Program Entry page.
View the 2017-2018 rates (PDF) for international students. 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.
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.
There is funding available on a competitive basis to graduate students.
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:
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.
Fitsum Tariku, PhD
Graduate Program Director
Maureen Connelly, PhD
Bo Li, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, BESATM, CEM®
Rodrigo Mora, PhD, P.Eng
Hamid Heiderali, M.Eng., P.Eng., LEED AP
Building envelope, whole building performance, indoor air quality, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), mechanical systems
John Lovatt, M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Leslie Peer, PhD, P.Eng
Susan Kong, BSc.
Graduate Program Assistant
Wendy Ying Simpson, M.A.Sc.
Zelalem Abebe, MSc.
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