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Applicant Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems is not currently accepting applications.

The Master of Engineering Leadership is not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please check the UBC Applied Science Professional Programs website for admission requirements, deadlines and application procedure.
 

Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Dependable Software Systems is entering an exciting phase of transformation. Beginning January 2024, we will temporarily pause the program to embark on a comprehensive curriculum review and assessment. This strategic pause is the first step towards relaunching the program in a new and innovative format that will meet the evolving demands of the software systems industries. Stay tuned for updates on this dynamic evolution, as we aim to unveil a revitalized program that promises to further empower engineers and technical leaders with cutting-edge skills and knowledge.

The MEL in Dependable Software Systems, from its inception in 2016 through 2023, has been a pioneering professional degree. It was meticulously designed for engineers and technical leaders striving to lead and innovate within the software systems sectors. This program stood out by integrating rigorous engineering coursework with strategic business education from the prestigious UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, thereby equipping students with a robust combination of technical expertise and business acumen.

The curriculum covered essential areas such as software testing and verification, error-resilient computing, security, and privacy, alongside foundational business strategies, innovation, operations, project management, and leadership skills. This holistic approach ensured that graduates:

  • Advanced their technical and analytical competencies, essential for developing and maintaining reliable software systems.
  • Undertook a significant capstone project, deepening their domain expertise.
  • Benefited from the wisdom and experience of distinguished faculty and industry luminaries.
  • Built extensive professional networks through collaboration with peers from diverse MEL disciplines.

Acquired key business, project management, and interpersonal skills, enabling them to ascend to leadership roles and navigate complex challenges with confidence.

As we prepare for the next chapter of the Dependable Software Systems program, we celebrate the achievements of our alumni, whose success stories underscore the enduring impact of their education. We invite you to explore the accomplishments of our alumni, a testament to the program’s foundational strength and the bright future that lies ahead in its refreshed incarnation.

 
 

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

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 Dependable Software Systems (MEL). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

ENROLMENT DATA

 20232022202120202019
Applications127525147
Offers011172124
New Registrations0381310
Total Enrolment3813109

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 95% based on 21 students admitted between 2015 - 2018. Based on 30 graduations between 2020 - 2023 the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 1.36 years with an average of 1.03 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
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

Our world is increasingly reliant on dependable software. Leading companies across a range of industries – from health care and finance to transportation, power generation and telecommunications – need software engineers with the technical knowledge to design and maintain safety-critical software systems. Engineering courses within dependable software systems explore software testing and verification, error-resilient computing, and security and privacy. Business courses provide a solid foundation in business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership.

Faculty Overview

Program Identifier

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