Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Program Description

Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

The Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) program is suited to students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in a thesis based research program. An M.A.Sc. is expected to take about 24 months. The MASc thesis is prepared with guidance from your Research Supervisor, who must agree to its technical content and findings. The thesis must be approved by a second reader, who may request revisions to the document. The Research Supervisor, in consultation with the second reader, assigns a grade to the thesis. M.A.Sc. degree candidates registered as full-time students are required to spend at least one winter session at the University. M.A.Sc. candidates may also register as part-time students. In either case, the program must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.

What makes the program unique?

The Department of Civil Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most research-intensive civil engineering departments. Our faculty members, graduate students and technical staff are engaged in world-renown and leading-edge research. There are over 200 graduate students working in research labs and many of our faculty members hold multiple NSERC and CFI grants and contracts.

The Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (MASc) is a research-based thesis graduate program in Civil Engineering, and is available in the following areas of specialization:

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Geo-Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hydrotechnical Engineering
  • Project & Construction Management
  • Structural & Earthquake Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Note that the specialization does not appear on the degree parchment or on the transcript.

Successful completion of the MASc degree requires the completion of 30 credits through 18 credits of coursework and a 12-credit MASc thesis, subject to various constraints and requirements as provided below. For further information, please contact the Civil Engineering Graduate Support Office.

Research Focus

Civil Engineering Materials, Environmental Engineering (Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Geo-Environmental, Pollution Control & Wastewater Management), Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrotechnical Engineering, Project & Construction Management, Structural Engineering (Earthquake Engineering), Transportation Engineering

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Adebar, Perry Erwin (Concrete structures, seismic design, high-rise buildings, sheer design, evaluation and repair of structures).
  • Banthia, Nemkumar (Materials engineering, concrete, advanced composite materials, shotcrete, fibre reinforcement, rebound mechanics, kinematic studies, optimization, supplementary cementing materials in concrete).
  • Berube, Pierre (Water treatment, trace organic contaminants, membrane and advanced oxidation technologies., Drinking water treatment, filtration/membrane processes for water and wastewater treatment, distribution system water quality, advanced oxidation, wastewater reuse).
  • Bigazzi, Alexander York (Motor vehicle emissions,).
  • Fannin, R Jonathan (Shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils, internal erosion in earth dams, seepage-induced instability in gap-graded soils, grain shape and the strength of sands, filtration compatibility of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, pullout resistance of geogrids in static and dynamic loading, debris flow travel distance on steep mountainous terrain, slope stability in engineering practice).
  • Froese, Thomas (Construction Engineering and Management, Project Management, Computer-Integrated Construction, Product and Process Models for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Computers in Engineering Education).
  • Hall, Eric (forest industry pollution; pulp and paper wastewater, wastewater treatment, Environmental Engineering, Pollution Control and Wastewater Management).
  • Haukaas, Terje (Risk, structures, structural safety, seismic, earthquake, probability, computer analysis, Structures, Probabilistic mechanics, structural reliability and optimization, timber engineering, earthquake engineering, decision making, risk, advanced structural analysis, finite elements, response sensitivity analysis, software development).
  • Howie, John (Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering).
  • Isaacson, Michael D (Coastal and offshore hydrodynamics, with a particular emphasis on ocean waves and their effects on structures.).
  • Laval, Bernard (physical limnology fluid mechanics environmental fluid mechanics underwater robotics, Field and 3D numerical modelling techniques to describe the spatial and temporal variations of physical processes and their impacts on transport in lakes and coastal waters).
  • Lawrence, Gregory (Environmental fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrodynamic stability and mixing, physical limnology, water quality management).
  • Lee, Jongho (Membranes, Water/Wastewater Treatment, Desalination, Resource Harvesting, Nanoporous Media, Electrokinetics).
  • Lence, Barbara Jean (Hydrotechnical, Optimizing design and operational strategies of water resources projects, reliable withdrawal-treatment strategies for contaminated groundwater supply systems, asset management strategies for mid-sized water utilities with limited break data, water distribution system operational procedures to meet hydraulic and water quality objectives).
  • Li, Loretta (Contaminated site investigation and management, environmental monitoring, risk and impact assessment, soil-contaminant interactions, mobility and migration of contaminants, remediation technology, mine tailings waste disposal and treatment processes).
  • Mavinic, Donald (wastewater treatment/management; water treatment and quality; environmental engineering, Environmental, Landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water).
  • Sayed, Tarek (transportation engineering, Transportation, Full Bayes safety models, Automated safety analysis using computer vision techniques, Safety evaluations, Traffic conflicts techniques, Pedestrian modelling, and ITS).
  • Shawwash, Ziad K (Modeling and optimization of large-scale civil engineering systems; planning, design and operation of hydroelectric generating facilities; use of decision, policy and risk analysis techniques in water resource planning and management; use of artificial intelligence systems in water resource and hydroelectric systems.).
  • Staub-French, Sheryl (Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces).
  • Taiebat, Mahdi (static and dynamic soil-structure interaction, Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modelling of engineering materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure-interaction).
  • Tannert, Thomas (Design of timber joints).
  • Vaziri, Reza (Finite element analysis, Mechanics of composite materials, Constitutive modelling of engineering materials, Plasticity, Damage mechanics, Process modelling of composite structures, Analysis of impact and blast loading of metallic and composite structures).
  • Ventura, Carlos Estuardo (Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, full-scale vibration testing, shake table testing Seismic risk evaluation and hazard management studies Investigation of earthquake effects on man-made structures).
  • Weijs, Steven (water resources management and hydrology, with a special focus on the dynamics of uncertainty and information within that context).
  • Wijewickreme, Dharmapriya (Geotechnical, pipeline geotechnical engineering).

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Yang, Tsung-Yuan (Seismic behavior and design of steel, concrete and composite structures, seismic behavior and design of tall buildings, develop performance-based evaluation methodology and code design procedures for new and existing structures, using innovative structural component and systems to improve structural performance, including the use of innovative active, semi-active and passive energy dissipation systems, develop accurate and cost-effective experimental methods to analyze structural response under extreme loading conditions.).
  • Zanotti, Cristina.
  • Ziels, Ryan.

Sample Thesis Submissions

  • Space programming requirements representation, analysis and visualization at a large scale architectural firm
  • Seismic design and performance evaluation of dual-fused h-frame system
  • Interactive visual analytics for BIM compliance assessment and design decision-making
  • The value of stochastic optimization in reducing the cost of day-ahead wind forecast uncertainty
  • Value of pumped storage systems in British Columbia
  • Probabilistic dynamic rating curves using auxiliary information
  • Removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from deionized water and landfill leachate by using modified clinoptilolites
  • Modeling forced outage in hydropower generating units for operations planning model
  • Durability of shotcrete rehabilitation treatments of B.C. Hydro dams
  • Non-linear analysis for transversely post-tensioned timber bridge
  • Optimal retrofit strategy determination for bridges using decision analysis
  • Numerical modelling of experimental data of reinforced concrete beam-to-column joints
  • Real-time fuzzy logic control of combined sewer flows
  • The application of semipermeable membrane devices to the detection and monitoring of 4-nonylphenol in aquatic systems
  • Seismic response of the George Massey Tunnel

Requirements

TOEFL (IBT) OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

100

  • ibT Reading 22
  • ibT Writing 21
  • ibT Listening 22
  • ibT Speaking 21

IELTS OVERALL SCORE REQUIREMENT

7.0

  • IELTS Reading 6.5
  • IELTS Writing 6.5
  • IELTS Listening 6.5
  • IELTS Speaking 6.5

Career Options

The Master of Applied Science is the recommended course of study for students who are interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D.

Financial Support

Information on University awards and scholarships can be found at the G+PS site Award Opportunities for Current Students. Information on a financial support made available through the Department of Civil Engineering can be found at Graduate Funding Opportunities.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
4,897 CAD
$4,897.83 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $8,604.66 Tuition per year for International students
Information
Deadline
Jan. 31, 2019
Locations
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
End date Request Info
Dates
Sept. 2019
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
End date Request Info