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Applicant Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Integrated Water Management 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.


The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management is entering a period of reflection and evaluation, with the program set to be paused in January 2025 for a comprehensive curriculum review and assessment. This pause marks a moment of thoughtful consideration on the future direction of the program, with an emphasis on ensuring its relevance and impact in the evolving field of water management. The pathway forward for the program remains under contemplation, with discussions ongoing about how best to adapt and possibly reshape its offerings to meet the current and future needs of the water management industries.

From its inception in 2016 through 2024, the MEL in Integrated Water Management has served as a groundbreaking professional degree aimed at engineers and technical leaders passionate about leading and innovating within the water management sectors. The program distinguished itself through a blend of advanced technical courses and strategic business education from the esteemed UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. This combination equipped students with the skills necessary to take on leadership roles in forward-thinking organizations.

The curriculum provided comprehensive coverage of critical topics in the field, including water treatment technologies, regulatory frameworks, water and wastewater management strategies, environmental fluid mechanics, and engineering hydrology, complemented by solid grounding in business strategy, innovation, operations, project management, and leadership.

Graduates of the program have:

  • Enhanced their technical and analytical capabilities to effectively manage complex water systems.
  • Completed significant capstone projects, deepening their understanding and expertise in specific areas of water management.
  • Benefited from the insights and expertise of esteemed faculty and industry professionals.
  • Built valuable professional networks through collaboration with fellow MEL students across various disciplines.
  • Acquired essential business, project management, and interpersonal skills, positioning them to excel in leadership roles and confidently address the challenges of their fields.

As we contemplate the future of the Integrated Water Management program, we continue to celebrate the achievements of our alumni. Their successes serve as a testament to the program’s foundational strengths and the significant contributions they are making in the field of water management. We invite you to explore the accomplishments of our graduates, whose work continues to impact the industry and communities around the world.


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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

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Employer support

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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

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Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

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


New Registrations27788
Total Enrolment791082

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 94% based on 18 students admitted between 2015 - 2018. Based on 20 graduations between 2020 - 2023 the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 2.05 years with an average of 1.26 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

This hybrid program covers how to apply physical, chemical and biological unit operations and processes to water resources, while also increasing familiarity with regulatory and environmental frameworks.

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