Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings (MEL)
The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High-Performance Buildings is a professional degree for architects and engineers who want to excel and drive innovation in the building industry. This hybrid master’s program combines graduate-level architecture and engineering courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to take your career in new directions.
CHOOSE ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS
The MEL in High-Performance Buildings offers a unique combination of technical and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in forward-thinking organizations. You’ll take architectural courses on green building design and engineering courses on energy modelling and design. Business courses offered by the top-ranked UBC Sauder School of Business give you a solid foundation in business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership.
GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE
In this 12-month program you will:
- be immersed in a dynamic and integrated research environment that brings together the fields of engineering and architecture
- sharpen your technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that incorporates hands-on learning opportunities, including two interdisciplinary capstone projects where you’ll improve the environmental performance of an existing building and develop a high-performance energy system for a new building
- study under renowned faculty and industry experts at one of the world’s top 40 universities
- expand your professional network while collaborating with other MEL students
- gain the fundamental business, project management and interpersonal skills to advance your career and confidently take on positions of increased responsibility
What makes the program unique?
A Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) degree from UBC gives you the credentials and knowledge to confidently take on positions of greater responsibility or make the shift into a new industry sector.
UPGRADE YOUR TECHNICAL SKILLS
You’ll gain an integrated technical foundation in energy systems design and modelling, equipping you to be a technical leader in integrated design and the construction and maintenance of green building energy systems.
LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF BUSINESS
Technical knowledge is not enough. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder School of Business, you’ll gain foundational business skills, improving your understanding of broad-based management concepts.
BECOME A CONFIDENT LEADER
Leadership development is embedded throughout the program, giving you ongoing opportunities to lead teams and projects and strengthen your interpersonal skills.
Professionals who have mastered a technical specialization and the fundamentals of business have a distinct competitive advantage. In demand by both government and industry employers, our graduates are successfully moving into sought-after positions and new industry sectors.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$10,544.91||$20,581.19|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,081.64 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $18,517.90 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
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.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Program Funding Packages
Being a professional program, there are no UBC scholarships, grants or funding offered directly for MEL or MHLP students. Students who require financial assistance are encouraged to look for external scholarships or loans that may be available to them. Please find a list of options and areas for you to independently explore and investigate on our webpage:
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.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator 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 High Performance Buildings (MEL). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Completion Rates & Times
High-Performance Buildings targets architects and engineers who want to excel and drive innovation in the building industry. It helps sharpen technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that incorporates hands-on learning opportunities, including two interdisciplinary capstone projects to improve the environmental performance of an existing building and to develop a high-performance energy system for a new building.
January 2024 Intake
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