With five campuses across the Metro Vancouver area—including locations dedicated to aerospace and marine industries—and approximately 50,000 students, the British Columbia Institute of Technology is one of B.C.’s largest post-secondary institutions.
It offers more than 300 programs—from certificate and diplomas, to bachelor and master’s degrees—in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business and media, engineering, health sciences and trades. Many of its programs—such as civil engineering, geomatics and accounting—have a 100 per cent employment rate for graduates.
While studying, students can opt to live in the low-rise Maquinna residence complex at the Burnaby campus. Divided into seven houses, the facility is designed to have a village-like feel.
BCIT is the largest and longest-serving provider of trades training and apprenticeship programs in Western Canada. It is also the primary source of nurses and allied health professionals to the provincial health system.
BCIT is also a leading provincial provider of computing graduates, with many programs being the largest or most extensive of their kind. This includes the bachelor of technology in computer systems technology, which focuses on two particular niches—game development and network security—and is unique to B.C.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Large (10,000 full-time students or more)||$7,670||$6,140-$10,240||$3,840-$17,950||$5,990-$11,040||Yes|
• Forensic Investigation of Fraud and Financial Crime: Students are educated about investigative techniques and tools in this graduate diploma program.
• Clinical Genetics: One of only two programs of its kind in Canada, this graduate diploma trains students to investigate genetic diseases like Down syndrome and cancer.
• Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering: Students can start with a diploma before pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Both offer a practical approach supported by engineering theory, analysis and design.
• Electrical Apprentice
• Carpentry Apprentice
• Plumbing Apprentice