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Building Engineering and Building Science, MASc

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The MASc degree in Building Engineering and Building Science offered by British Columbia Institute of Technology 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.

British Columbia Institute of Technology 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 in Building Engineering and Building 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Building Science 
  • Building Materials
  • Building Envelope 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      The program can also be completed part-time, with students taking fewer courses each term and taking more time to complete the program.
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8
Recommended score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • English: one of the following: two years of full-time post-secondary education in English in an English-speaking country with 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (67%) from a recognized institution
  • Post-secondary: one of the following: a 4-year bachelor’s degree in an engineering field or architecture with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%) or, a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a related Science field with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%), preferably with an Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) diploma (Building Science option) or equivalent building science industry experience
  • Complete the online application: Mandatory Applicant Questionnaire

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11036 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5518 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11036 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5518 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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