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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
John Lovatt, M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Leslie Peer, PhD, P.Eng
Ellen Scobie, BFA
Graduate Program Assistant
Wendy Ying Simpson, M.A.Sc.
Doug Horn, AScT, SEMAC
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