Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (MEL)

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 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is a professional degree for engineers who want to excel and drive innovation. This hybrid master’s program combines graduate-level 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 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering offers a unique combination of technical and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in forward-thinking organizations. Engineering courses are a dynamic balance between academic theory and real-world industrial and commercial practices. 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:

  • acquire the skills to manage complex shipbuilding design and procurement programs and become fully qualified in ship project management
  • sharpen your technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain
  • participate in either a 12-week co-op work program or the e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program – enabling you to take an entrepreneurial idea to a validated business model
  • study under renowned faculty and collaborate with industry partners 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 build your competencies in the architecture, design and selection of ship machinery systems, learning how to use technical tools – such as sequencing, blocks and integration – and exploring ways to optimize operations.

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.

GO FURTHER
Engineers 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 across the marine sector.

 

Program Enquiries

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

Meet a Representative

CWRA 2021 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

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Date: Monday, 31 May 2021 to Friday, 04 June 2021
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) is a national organization of individuals and organizations from the public, private, and academic sectors. The CWRA strives to raise awareness of the value of water and promote sustainable, responsible, and effective water resources management in Canada. Attending the CWRA 2021 National Conference will be a variety of water professionals, including managers, administrators, scientists, academics, students, and young professionals. This year’s conference is titled “Managing Water Risks and Opportunities: Sharing Knowledge and Expertise.” Bob Sandford, Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, will be delivering an opening message at the conference. The event will also include a host of different Keynote and Plenary speakers, and will ruminate on a number of topics including water management and agriculture, risk management, urban hydrology and quality, water in times of pandemic, and more. A UBC Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) representative will be hosting a virtual booth at the conference. If you will be attending this event, please make sure to stop by and chat with us about the MEL in Integrated Water Management, and how it might advance your career!

BC WASTE & WATER ASSOCIATION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW (MEL)

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Date: Tuesday, 01 June 2021 to Wednesday, 02 June 2021
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The BC Waste & Water Association (BCWWA) Conference & Trade Show is the leading industry event for water and waste professionals across Canada. The annual conference allows industry professionals to network and engage in peer learning. Throughout the event, the BCWWA shares relevant and innovative water knowledge and facilitates industry growth. After a very successful virtual conference in 2020, the BCWWA looks forward to hosting another virtual experience so that industry members may still connect and share knowledge from the safety of their homes. A Master of Engineering Leadership representative will be hosting a virtual booth at the conference. If you will be attending this event, please make sure to stop by and chat with us about the MEL in Integrated Water Management, and how it might advance your career!

RAIC VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2021 (UBC MEL)

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Date: Saturday, 05 June 2021 to Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) hosts an annual conference. It is Canada’s premier gathering for leaders and emerging talents in architecture. Attracting both academics and industry professionals, the RAIC Annual Conference provides a productive space for thought leaders to come together in an effort to strengthen their profession and remain up to date on changes in the industry, from sustainability to digital transformation. Will you be attending the 2021 RAIC Virtual Conference? A representative of the Master of Engineering Leadership will be hosting a virtual booth, and we hope that you’ll stop by to chat about UBC’s professional graduate programs, and how they might advance your career.

CITE 2021 (MEL)

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Date: Tuesday, 08 June 2021 to Thursday, 10 June 2021
Time: 08:00 to 17:00
The Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE) is a leading organization of more than 2000 transportation engineers, planners, technologists and students across Canada. Ever since 1977, CITE has hosted an annual meeting with the goal of sharing technical information through the presentation of papers and various discussion formats. Further, the CITE Conference is a site of networking and positive community interaction between industry members. Are you planning on attending this virtual conference? If you do, please make sure to stop by our virtual booth and connect with a representative of the Master of Engineering Leadership. Learn more about the opportunities provided by the MEL programs, and how they might transform your career.

MEL ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION – JUNE

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Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Time: 08:00 to 09:30
The MEL Online Information Session is for established engineering professionals considering study in 2022. This session is an easy opportunity for you to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and initial application steps. Have your initial questions answered by our expert recruitment specialist and program-specific coordinators. Register now for our brief, 30-minute overview presentation and exclusive live question and answer period.

MEL ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION – JULY

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Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:30
The MEL Online Information Session is for established engineering professionals considering study in 2022. This session is an easy opportunity for you to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and initial application steps. Have your initial questions answered by our expert recruitment specialist and program-specific coordinators. Register now for our brief, 30-minute overview presentation and exclusive live question and answer period.

MEL ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION – AUGUST

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Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:30
The MEL Online Information Session is for established engineering professionals considering study in 2022. This session is an easy opportunity for you to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and initial application steps. Have your initial questions answered by our expert recruitment specialist and program-specific coordinators. Register now for our brief, 30-minute overview presentation and exclusive live question and answer period.

MEL ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION – SEPTEMBER

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Date: Thursday, 09 September 2021
Time: 17:00 to 18:30
The MEL Online Information Session is for established engineering professionals considering study in 2022. This session is an easy opportunity for you to learn more about the program, eligibility criteria and initial application steps. Have your initial questions answered by our expert recruitment specialist and program-specific coordinators. Register now for our brief, 30-minute overview presentation and exclusive live question and answer period.

Research Information

Program Components

Potential 12 week supervised, technical work experience in an approved company or organization

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$108.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$10,135.45$18,847.25
Program Fee$30,406.35$56,541.75
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$969.17 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $17,242.00 (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. 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.

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:
https://apscpp.ubc.ca/admissions/tuition/scholarships/

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 Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by employers seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Job opportunities include working as a ship surveyor, in a shipyard engineering position, as a design engineer and as a class society representative. 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 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

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

Enrolment Data

 20202019201820172016
Applications1729191510
Offers11201076
New registrations715832
Total enrolment22231153

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 6 graduations between 2016 - 2019 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 1.00 years with an average of 0.99 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 April 2021]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. 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 [data updated: 29 October 2020].

Further Information

This hybrid program combining engineering and business focuses on shipbuilding design, procurement programs,ship project management, stages of the industry value chain, fundamental business, and interpersonal skills.Students will learn technical knowledge of all facets of ship design, operation and maintenance and gain business insight and interpersonal skills to lead multidisciplinary teams and manage complex projects.

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