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Building Science, M.Eng.

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 months
Burnaby, Canada
The Master of Engineering in Building Science degree at British Columbia Institute of Technology 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. 


The well-structured research component enables students to develop advanced research skills. British Columbia Institute of Technology 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 in Building Science:

  • 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 
  • Building Energy Performance
  • Advanced Acoustics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 16 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
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required 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 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: 4-year bachelor’s degree in an engineering field with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%)
  • Math: Linear algebra and differential equations equivalent to UBC Math 221 and UBC Math 255
  • 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 16 months.
  • National

    11036 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5518 CAD per semester and a duration of 16 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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