Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems (MEL)


Our world would grind to a halt without reliable and efficient software. Global financial markets, regulation of power generation, telecommunications, health care and public transport are all controlled with computer software, as is the manufacturing of equipment, vehicles and household appliances. The need for software engineers with the broad perspective offered by this program cannot be overstated: graduates will be in demand across all industry sectors.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Dependable Software Systems is an intensive one-year degree program for software engineers who want to explore the principles and techniques for maintaining the integrity and reliability of software systems in diverse application areas. The project-based curriculum covers all stages of the industry value chain. Graduates will confidently translate research ideas into practice while developing a deep understanding of how software-intensive systems are engineered through collaboration. While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

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.

What makes the program unique?

The MEL in Dependable Software Systems degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who told us they need to hire leaders with cross-functional technical and business skills to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects. The combination of technical expertise and leadership development makes the MEL in Dependable Software Systems program unique and highly relevant in today’s business environment. 

To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:

  • leadership fundamentals
  • giving and receiving feedback
  • learning how to deliver a successful pitch
  • effective presenting

The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.

Quick Facts

Master of Engineering Leadership
Mode of delivery
On campus
Dependable Software Systems
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty of Applied Science

Meet a UBC representative

MEL / MHLP Open House

UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Gallery Room and Sunroom, Vancouver
Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Faculty members, current students, recruiters, and program administrators will attend the open house to answer questions of prospective students.

Application Notes

Applications for January 2019, the MEL degrees will admit in three application rounds:
1st Round: June 1, 2018 (Decision by July 1, 2018)
2nd Round: August 1, 2018 (Decision by September 1, 2018)
Final Round: October 1, 2018 (Decision by November 1, 2018)

We highly recommend international students to apply by June 1st to ensure plenty time to allow for processing of study permits.


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Prior degree requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

Other Requirements

Applicants are required to have prior experience developing software systems and a minimum three years relevant professional experience.

Funding Sources

The Faculty of Applied Science offers a limited number of entrance awards of up to CA$10,000 to MEL students. All applicants who submitted their application before July 1 are automatically considered for this award. You do not need to submit a separate application. The merit-based awards are given to selected applicants and only the successful recipients will be notified before the program starts in January.

Aside from the merit-based award, there no other scholarships, grants or funding offered by UBC for MEL students.

Career Options

With their broad foundation for analyzing and addressing software dependability issues across many different industry sectors, graduates of this program prepares students for software jobs as well as roles in automotive, aviation and health care industries. Graduates will be highly sought after by employers locally, nationally and internationally, with government and industry employers constantly seeking experts in this field. 


Program Information

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