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Building Science (MASc, MBSc)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Applied Science or Master of Building Science

This unique interdisciplinary graduate program applies fundamental science principles to the components of a building, its users and the environment. Students explore the principles for creating sustainable buildings and learn about areas such as detail design, building performance, human interaction and construction processes. This high-quality, professionally relevant program prepares students for careers in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

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At a Glance


  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study

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  • Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control
  • Building Automation
  • Daylighting and Energy-Efficient Lighting Design
  • High-Performance Building Envelopes
  • Intelligent Sensors and Instrumentation for Buildings
  • Low-Energy Building Design
  • Performance Assessment of Existing Buildings
  • Recycling and Reuse of Construction Materials and Components
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Resilience in Urban Design
  • Sustainability in Built Environment
  • Zero-Carbon Buildings

Core Courses

  • Building Science Theory
  • Building Envelope Systems
  • Ecological and Resource-Efficient Design
  • Energy-Efficient Building Services and Renewable Energy Systems
  • Building Design Seminar/Studio

Elective Courses

  • Building Performance Assessment
  • Building Performance Simulation/Modelling
  • Building Science and Architecture Research Methodology
  • Detail Design Project
  • Lighting Design in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy System for Buildings
  • Building Envelope Restoration 
  • Building Science lab and equipment
  • Computer-Aided Design Lab
  • Lab for Building Automation
  • Studio-based education that encourages collaboration and experiential learning

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Russell Richman
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6489

Mimi Lam
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2657
Fax: 416-979-5153

“Buildings require many systems that must function simultaneously. I enjoy the challenge of fitting these pieces together to maximize durability, performance and space quality.”

Matthew Tokarik, MASc alumnus

Student Profile, external link

Architecture and building science master’s students, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, received the grand prize at a U.S. Department of Energy competition for their zero-energy laneway house design


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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.