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. General information, course administration and policies can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Any further information can be provided by contacting the Civil Engineering Graduate Secretary.

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.

UBC Regulations and Policies

It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the Academic Calendar and have a full understanding of the Regulations in it, including the Statement on Academic Freedom.

Conduct of faculty, staff and students is governed by a number of University Policy Statements that can be found at: Index of All Policies, Guidelines and Rules. Students are expected to have a full understanding of these policies; giving particular attention to: Policy 85 - Scholarly IntegrityPolicy 87 - ResearchPolicy 88 - Patents and LicensingPolicy 97 - Conflict of Interest.

Financial Aid

Information on University awards and scholarships can be found at Award Opportunities for Current Students. Additional information on Civil Engineering scholarships and awards can be found on Graduate Funding Opportunities.

Research Supervision

A student must choose a faculty member to serve as their Research Supervisor by April of the first full year of study. The principal role of the Research Supervisor is to provide guidance on selection of coursework, to collaborate on the development of a research plan, to supervise the research effort, and to provide guidance on preparation of the M.A.Sc. thesis. On occasion, a student may be co-supervised by two faculty members. Ordinarily, for a student receiving financial support through a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). Scholarship funding through a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) is described at Managing Your Program.

A student who is initially undecided on their research topic will be assigned an interim supervisor, typically the Specialty Advisor. However the choice of Research Supervisor must still be made by April of the first full year of study.

If the Research Supervisor is on study leave or any other leave exceeding two months, it is recommended that an interim co-supervisor be appointed. If the interim co-supervisor is not a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, then a formal request for approval must be submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Coursework

Coursework requirements specific to each area of specialization may be found in Areas of Specialization.

The M.A.Sc. program is made up of 30 credits: 18 credits of coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level and submission of a 12 credit thesis (CIVL 599). Full time students usually complete these courses within the first year of registration. Students are required to obtain approval of their course selection from their thesis supervisor or Specialty Advisor.

 

500 Level

18 credits of coursework. The selected courses must include a minimum of 12 credits of graduate courses in Civil Engineering (CIVL 5XX).

 

Directed Studies
(CIVL 592)

A maximum of 6 credits may be taken as Directed Studies (CIVL 592). For more information on registering for a Directed Studies course, contact the Civil Engineering Graduate Secretary.

Topics in Civil Engineering
(CIVL 598)

maximum of 6 credits may be taken as Topics in Civil Engineering (CIVL 598) i.e, courses that are not yet approved as regular CIVL courses.

300 or 400 Level

A maximum of 6 credits of undergraduate 300 or 400 level courses may be taken.

 

100 or 200 Level

100/200 level courses may not be used for M.A.Sc. program credit. If remedial or prerequisite coursework is required at the 100/200 level, register for it as an Unclassified Student or as an Auditor: the different registration status is important because the course is not considered in the GPA for the M.A.Sc. program.

 

CIVL 597 Seminar

All full-time M.A.Sc. students are required to register once and attend CIVL 597 Graduate Seminar series (1 credit) in the chosen area of specialization (if offered) throughout their program. M.A.Sc. candidates are required to give at least one seminar presentation during their program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standing and a minimum grade of 68% is required in each course used for credit. However, a maximum of 6 credits of coursework with a grade between 60 and 67% may be accepted for M.A.Sc. credit, if the candidate has an average of 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 Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Thesis and Degree Application

 

Thesis  

Please note that the Department of Civil Engineering requires this form submitted prior to the submission of your final thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

For detailed information on thesis preparation refer to: Dissertation & Thesis Preparation. A minimum grade of 68% must be obtained, in order to submit the thesis and request approval for graduation.

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. A minimum grade of 68% must be obtained, in order to submit the thesis and request approval for graduation. Your submission is not complete and you will not be eligible to graduate until your thesis has been approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS).

When your thesis meets all University requirements, it will be added to the UBC Library's cIRcle Institutional Repository. Please make sure that the thesis you submit is complete and accurate; you cannot re-submit an updated or changed thesis at a later date. IMPORTANT: If you would like your thesis to be delayed from publication, you must obtain approval from the Faculty of Graduate Studies before submitting your thesis.

Degree Application

Upon completing the program requirements, a M.A.Sc. candidate must apply for graduation by submitting an "Application for Graduation" to Enrolment Services. Immediately thereafter, please inform the Graduate Secretary in Civil Engineering.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are responsible for ensuring that their program registration is complete, that all fees have been paid and that they meet all course requirements for the degree and program. If you have any questions of clarification please contact the Civil Engineering Graduate Secretary.