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.

Coursework Requirements

The MASc Program requires completion of at least 30 credits: 18 credits of coursework and successful completion of a 12-credit thesis (CIVL 599). The 18 credits of coursework are subject to the following requirements:

  • 500 level courses. A minimum of 12 credits of graduate-level course (numbered 5XX) courses must be completed, of which at least 12 credits must be in Civil Engineering (labelled CIVL 5XX).
  • CIVL 597. All students are required to register once in the appropriate section of CIVL 597 Graduate Seminar (1 credit, Pass/Fail mark); however, they are encouraged to attend the seminar series (without subsequent registration) throughout their time in the program. All MASc students are required to give at least one seminar presentation within CIVL 597 during the program.
  • CIVL 592. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken through CIVL 592 Directed Studies.
  • CIVL 598. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken through CIVL 598 Topics in Civil Engineering. (These are courses that have not yet been approved by the University Senate.)
  • 300/ 400 Level Courses. A maximum of 6 credits of 300 or 400 level courses may be taken.
  • 100/200 Level Courses. 100/200 level courses may not be used for credit towards the MEng program.
  • Specialization Requirements. Coursework requirements specific to each area of specialization must be satisfied and may be found under Areas of Specialization.

Students are required to obtain approval of their course selection from their Specialty Advisor or the Research Supervisor.

Coursework Regulations

Coursework Plan. Prior to registering for any courses, all MASc students are required to consult with the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor regarding a Coursework Plan, and thereby secure approval of the Plan. The student should initially develop a draft plan that lists the proposed courses and schedule, taking account of course availability (not all courses are offered every year) and term in which they are given (see Course Schedule), and may take account of prior courses and course substitutions in the manner indicated below. This will assure adherence to course credit requirements, coursework regulations, an appropriate course load and selection, and no scheduling conflicts.

Minimum Course Marks. A minimum of 68% is required in each course used for credit. However, a maximum of 6 credits with grades between 60 and 67% may be accepted for credit, if the candidate has an average greater than or equal to 68% in all coursework. Supplemental examinations are not granted to graduate students: a course in which a grade of less than 60% is obtained may be repeated for a higher standing, subject to the approval of the Department and G+PS. A student who obtains a grade of less than 68% in more than 6 credits will normally be required to withdraw for inadequate academic progress.

Prior Courses and Transfer Credit. Transfer credit arrangements for the MASc degree are governed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (see Transfer Credit). These allow students to transfer up to 12 credits of coursework taken prior to or after admission to the current program, subject to certain constraints. The courses cannot have been used to satisfy the requirements of another credential; they cannot have been used as a basis for admission to the current program; they must have been taken within five years of admission to the current program; and a standing of a least 74% must be obtained in the relevant courses. For clarity, transfer credits may be applied to all courses used for credit in the current program, including CIVL 500-level courses, but not CIVL 597, and need not entail exact course equivalencies. Students requesting transfer credit, including advanced credit from prior studies, should consult the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor upon entry or prior to registering for affected courses. The Supervisor or Advisor may so recommend to the Graduate Advisor, who may in turn so recommend to G+PS for approval.

Core Course Substitutions. A Core Course may be substituted by an elective course if the equivalent course has already been taken.

Selection of Elective Courses. Elective Courses may be selected from the list of Approved Elective Courses for the relevant specialization, CIVL 592 (which needs to be arranged with a particular instructor), a relevant CIVL 598 section (if available) and/or other courses including 300/400 level undergraduate courses and courses outside Civil Engineering. However, beyond the Approved Elective Courses, the final selection of elective courses requires the approval of the Specialty Advisor, typically at the time of Coursework Plan approval. At all times, Department-wide course credit requirements and constraints need to be strictly adhered to.

MASc Thesis

All MASc students should register and maintain registration in CIVL 599 MASc Thesis in order to complete the 12-credit research thesis.

The thesis is prepared under the guidance of the Research Supervisor. The Research Supervisor, in consultation with a second reader, may request revisions to the thesis and must approve the thesis. They assign a grade to the thesis. A minimum grade of 68% must be obtained, in order to submit the thesis and request approval for graduation.

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

  • Seismic response of tall buildings using ground motions based on National Building Code Canada 2015.
  • Stress-deformation analysis of Denis-Perron dam: verification and validation for better prediction of rockfill response.
  • Effects of long duration ground motions on the probability of drift exceedance for reinforced concrete frames near the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
  • Sustainability rating systems for large infrastructure projects: good management practices for the inclusion of Envision in the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
  • Feasibility study of using Cross-Laminated Timber core for the UBC Tall Wood Building.
  • Microwave enhanced advanced oxidation treatment of sludge from a municipal wastewater treatment plant.
  • Structural performance of nail-laminated timber-concrete composite floors.
  • Vortex pairing and mixing in stratified shear flows.
  • Climate change impacts on a eutrophying lake: Cultus Lake, British Columbia, Canada.
  • The free oscillatory response of fjord-type multi-armed lakes.
  • Wind waves and internal waves in Base Mine Lake.
  • Optimization of phosphorus recovery from anaerobic digester supernatant through a struvite crystallization fluidized bed reactor.
  • The development of a detailed seismic performance assessment: a framework for China's HSR MSSS bridge system.
  • Investigating the performance of the construction process of an 18-storey mass timber hybrid building.
  • Development of advanced control strategies for high-performance shake table tests.

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.

Cost & Fees

  • International students: CAD $8,435.94 per year
  • Canadian students: CAD $4,801.80 per year

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.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Applied Science
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Civil Engineering
  • Program Components: Coursework + Thesis required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
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Last updated December 22, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
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2 years
Full time
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4,802 CAD
$4,801.80 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $8,435.94 Tuition per year for International students
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Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
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