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Elevate your technical career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering – a specialized degree designed for engineers and technical professionals aspiring to lead in the clean energy sector. This unique master’s degree blends advanced technical education with cutting-edge business insights, delivered in partnership with UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. Equip yourself with the essential skills to innovate and excel in your professional journey.


As the world shifts towards sustainable energy, there is a growing demand for professionals who not only understand the technical intricacies of clean energy but also possess the leadership skills to spearhead organizational change. This program is tailored for those who seek to integrate their technical expertise with a strategic business perspective, ensuring they are well-prepared to lead teams and drive impactful change in this dynamic sector.


The MEL in Clean Energy Engineering is a distinctive program that offers a harmonious blend of technical and business education. Delve into comprehensive technical modules that cover the entire spectrum of the energy industry – from production and distribution to efficient management and usage. Complement this with businesses courses from the renowned UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, focusing on strategy, innovation, operations, project management, and leadership.


This intensive 12-month journey promises to:

  • Enrich your understanding of sustainable energy systems, encompassing energy storage, distribution networks, efficiency, and policy.
  • Hone your technical expertise and analytical prowess through a project-centric curriculum, enriched with hands-on experiences and a pivotal capstone project.
  • Learn from esteemed faculty and industry luminaries at UBC’s state-of-the-art facilities and interdisciplinary research hubs.
  • Build a robust professional network as you collaborate with fellow MEL candidates.

Develop essential business, project management, and interpersonal skills, positioning you for advanced roles and enhanced leadership opportunities.

Hear firsthand from our students about the transformative impact of this innovative professional master’s degree. Embark on a journey that not only advances your career but also contributes to a greener, more sustainable future.

What makes the program unique?

Elevate your technical career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering at UBC.


Embark on a transformative journey with the MEL degree, designed to propel you into leadership roles and navigate seamlessly across the energy industry. This degree serves as a launchpad to a future brimming with elevated responsibilities and exciting new career possibilities. Our statistics speak volumes about the impact of this program: a remarkable 61% of our alumni have ascended to higher positions, while 88% have ventured into new career paths. The MEL degree is not just an educational experience; it’s a catalyst for professional reinvention and advancement.


Delve into the intricacies of sustainable energy through comprehensive courses covering generation, transmission, storage, and usage. Our curriculum is designed to provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the complexities and prospects in the evolving sustainable energy landscape.


In today’s fast-paced world, technical know-how alone isn’t enough. UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School offers essential business courses, equipping you with a solid grasp of broad management concepts, and enabling you to speak the language of business fluently.


Leadership skills are woven into every aspect of the MEL degree. As a student, you will find yourself immersed in a variety of leadership-building experiences. This includes leading diverse teams and managing complex projects. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of professional development workshops, each carefully crafted to refine and enhance your leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. These experiences are not just educational, but transformative, equipping you with the confidence and competence to emerge as an influential and effective leader in your field.


UBC is globally recognized as a top 40 university and stands 7th in the world for climate action, celebrated for its exceptional programs and distinguished faculty. Its Faculty of Applied Science, Canada’s top engineering school, features advanced facilities and the notable Clean Energy Research Centre. UBC’s Sauder School of Business is the best business school in Canada and ranks 38th worldwide, offering experiential and rigorous business education.


Engage with the cutting-edge Clean Energy Research Centre through our program, the nexus where innovation meets real-world application. This hub is a fertile ground for collaboration, bringing together top-tier researchers dedicated to advancing sustainable energy solutions.

“Students benefit from the program’s connection to the Clean Energy Research Centre, where some of the world’s leading researchers pursue sustainable solutions to energy challenges in collaboration with industry, government and other academic partners.” – Dr. Anthony Lau, Associate Professor


In the MEL Clean Energy Engineering program, networking opportunities are plentiful:

  • Learn from globally-recognized faculty specializing in clean energy.
  • Collaborate with diverse, experienced peers in the program.
  • Engage in business courses alongside professionals from all six MEL specializations
  • Attend industry workshops and presentations for insights into current trends and issues.


Our graduates, equipped with specialized technical skills and business fundamentals, are highly sought after in government and industry roles. With our industry partners actively involved in curriculum design and student mentorship, our alumni are successfully navigating to coveted positions and exploring new sectors within the energy industry.

“Our industrial partners actively participate in curriculum development, provide industrial mentorship for student design projects, and hire graduates of the program to lead projects in this area.” –  Dr. Vladan Prodanovic, Associate Professor & Program Director 

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Tuition & Financial Support


FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$114.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$10,755.80$21,610.24
Program Fee$32,267.40$64,830.72
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,116.60 (approx.)
Costs of livingEstimate your costs of living with our interactive tool in order to start developing a financial plan for your graduate studies.
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$5000.00$5000.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

Employer support

Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Estimator

Applicants have access to the cost estimator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering (MEL). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.


New Registrations1419332017
Total Enrolment1932201720

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 94% based on 71 students admitted between 2015 - 2018. Based on 67 graduations between 2020 - 2023 the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 1.7 years with an average of 1.04 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each registration year, May to April, e.g. data for 2022 refers to programs starting in 2022 Summer and 2022 Winter session, i.e. May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. Data on total enrolment reflects enrolment in Winter Session Term 1 and are based on snapshots taken on November 1 of each registration year. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Graduation rates exclude students who transfer out of their programs. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs.

Further Information


Engineering courses span the entire industry value chain, from energy generation, transmission and distribution to energy use and management. Business courses give you a solid foundation in business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership.

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January 2025 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2024
Canadian Applicant Deadline
25 June 2024
International Applicant Deadline
25 June 2024
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