PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Students in northern B.C. now have the option of earning a master of applied science in engineering degree at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

The UNBC in Prince George is now offering a research-based degree that will focus on managing engineering challenges and needs that are specific to cold environments. The Ministry of Education says the program is the only program of its kind in northern B.C. It expands science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities in the region and assures high-tech programs are accessible to students outside of major urban areas.

The degree program expands UNBC’s engineering spaces by 30, an additional 15 graduates per year, helping more students to have access to careers.

“This new master of applied science program is the next step in advancing engineering education in northern B.C.,” said Geoff Payne, interim president, UNBC.

“Working under the supervision of UNBC’s exceptional school of engineering faculty, students in this program will acquire expertise in their chosen area of specialization and create knowledge that will contribute to the discovery of solutions that will have impacts locally and globally.”

According to a government release, of the 75,000 job openings expected in the next decade, around 2,200 are expected to be in northern B.C.

The 30-credit degree program will build on UNBC’s already existing engineering degrees—master of engineering in integrated wood design, and two bachelor of applied science (BASc) degrees, civil engineering and environmental engineering.

UNBC also offers a joint BASc degree in environmental engineering with the University of British Columbia.

More information can be found on the provincial government website.