Master of Engineering Leadership in Integrated Water Management (MEL)

Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management is designed for engineers and environmental science graduates who want to develop and lead advanced and sustainable water management initiatives. Participants of the program will learn how to apply physical, chemical and biological unit operations and processes to water resources, and will become conversant with regulatory and environmental frameworks.

Water is a strategic resource, and access to clean and secure water is essential for human wellbeing. Demand for better water systems has resulted in the pressing need for people with the technical skills to develop practical solutions in areas that include water treatment, monitoring tools, information technologies, efficient water use and reuse, and novel biotechnologies.

The combination of technical expertise and leadership courses will help you to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects — a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment. Graduates of this MEL degree will be able to apply the complex tool set of technical and leadership knowledge acquired in the program to a wide variety of private sector, institutional and government organizations involved with water use, treatment, research and protection.

The MEL is a 12-month degree starting in January. While 70 per cent of your Integrated Water Management courses will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 30 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. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the MEL in Integrated Water Management.

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?

It only takes 12 months to complete the program and get an MEL degree. Starting in January, in the Integrated Water Management program, you will:

  • Deepen your technical skills
  • Sharpen your business skills
  • Develop as a leader
  • Collaborate with industry partners

MEL students are required to have professional experience before starting the program. That means you will be part of a mature student cohort with a variety of professional and career experiences to draw on when you collaborate on projects with one another. Access to this diversity of knowledge and experience is essential to your development.

Read some of our alumni stories on our website to find out how our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MEL in Integrated Water Management degree.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Engineering Leadership
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Integrated Water Management
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science

Meet a UBC representative

Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors

webinar
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Join our Graduate Student Ambassadors Samuel Adenyanju (MSc Forestry, Nigeria), Federico Andrade (PhD Public Health, Colombia), Maria Angélica Guerrero (MA Educational Studies, Colombia), Xining (Linda) Yang (PhD Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, China) and Dorine Akwiri (Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Kenya) who will be available to answer questions about their experiences at UBC, including topics such as accommodation, moving to a new city/province/country and settling in, making friends, being an international student, and more. This session is open to participants interested in different programs across all faculties at UBC. Please note that we will not be able to provide answers to questions regarding application or admissions policies or any that involve specific personal information.

One-on-One Consultations - Vancouver

UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Time: 08:00 to 19:00
The MEL/MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for students considering study in 2019. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL/MHLP programs. Consultations will be held at the UBC Robson Square Campus (800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7) on Wednesday, August 30th from 8:00am-7:00pm. To reserve your 30 minute appointment time please complete the registration form selecting your preferred appointment time. A representative from the university will contact you to confirm details.

One-on-One Consultations - Los Angeles

Pitchoun!, 545 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, California
Date: Friday, 14 September 2018
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The MEL/MHLP programs will be running one-on-one consultations for prospective students considering study in 2019. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL/MHLP programs. Kenneth Zuidema, Strategic Partnership & Talent Acquisition Specialist for the MEL/MHLP programs will be in attendance.

Coffee & Chat - Toronto

Dineen Coffee, 140 Yonge Street, Toronto
Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Time: 08:00 to 15:30
The MEL/MHLP programs will be running “Coffee & Chat” sessions for prospective students considering study in 2019. These consultations are an opportunity to discuss course requirements, admissions and applications for the MEL/MHLP programs. Kenneth Zuidema, Strategic Partnership & Talent Acquisition Specialist for the MEL/MHLP programs will be in attendance.

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.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Prior degree requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering or related discipline in engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Biotechnology, Biology, Biogeography (physical geography) or Microbiology or equivalent.

Other Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of three years relevant experience.

Funding Sources

Being a professional program, there are no scholarships, grants or funding offered by UBC for MEL students. Students who require financial assistance are encouraged to look for external scholarships or loans that may be available to them. Provincial student loans are available to domestic students.

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by employers in industry and government seeking professionals who can develop and deliver sustainable water management initiatives. Read some of our alumni stories on our website to find out how our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MEL in Integrated Water Management degree. Graduates of the program started in positions, such as Environmental EIT, Environmental Specialist, President & CEO.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$9,550.87$16,755.15
Program Fee$28,652.61$50,265.45
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
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. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
 
 

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