Three of BCIT's first ever master's graduates at the Winter Convocation, held February 21, 2013. Master of Engineering students, from left: Alden Kung, Rocky Tam, and Luke King with Dr. Fitsum Tariku.
The supply of professionals in Building Science has traditionally been met through on-the-job training and educational programs that combine courses from a number of related disciplines. However, this supply continues to fall short of growing demand in the industry as employers pursue new opportunities in both domestic and foreign markets and building technology is rapidly evolving to respond to economic growth and social and environmental concerns.
The BCIT Building Science Graduate Program establishes a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with an integrated science-based body of knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenge of delivering durable, healthy, energy efficient, and sustainable buildings. The curriculum focuses on advancing the state of practice and responding to future trends, with due consideration given to practical applications.
The program offers two Master's degrees: A Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) in Building Science degree combining an intensive set of courses with an applied research project, to be completed in one year (3 terms) on a full-time basis; and a Master of Applied Science (M. A.Sc.) in Building Engineering/Building Science requiring a smaller set of courses and a more in-depth fundamental research project, to be completed in two years (4 terms) on a full-time basis. Both programs can also be taken on a part-time basis to be completed within 3 to 5 years.