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Civil Engineering (MASc)

Course Description

Master of Applied Science (MASc)

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.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Applied Science
- Specialization: Civil Engineering
- Subject: Engineering
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science

Visit the Civil Engineering (MASc) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kelly Graves

3493.jpg Research Description
I am researching water motion under-ice in an arctic lake, Lake Kilpisjärvi, Finland. I am using vertical profiles of temperature and conductivity that I collected along with velocity measurements to demonstrate that significant, basin-scale motion is occurring. This is contrary to the historical view that water motion under-ice is insignificant. I am also working on determining possible forcing mechanisms for this motion.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
After graduating with a BASc in Civil Engineering, I worked as a ports and marine engineer-in-training for a while. However, I found myself frustrated by the lack of opportunities to advance my knowledge, so graduate school seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to continue to learn. I started in a course-based Master of Engineering, then transferred to a research-based Master of Applied Science. Since then, I have had lots of interesting opportunities.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Having grown up just outside of Vancouver, UBC was always the front-runner for schools for me. I enjoyed the undergraduate civil engineering program, so the UBC graduate program seemed like a great option. Plus, I have everything I need in Vancouver: mountains, the ocean and a world-class city.

What had been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
As I grew up here, everything is great. But, the best "Vancouver moment" was the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Vancouver was so happy.


International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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