Master of Engineering Leadership in Sustainable Process Engineering (MEL)

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Elevate your technical career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Sustainable Process Engineering.


Transform your engineering career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Sustainable Process Engineering. This pioneering degree equips ambitious engineers with the skills to innovate, design, and commercialize environmentally sustainable products and processes. Delivered through an interdisciplinary approach, our program merges advanced engineering principles from global sustainability experts with cutting-edge business insights from UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. Embark on a journey to redefine industry standards and lead the change towards a sustainable future.


Addressing the twin challenges of economic growth and environmental responsibility requires a radical shift in industrial thinking. The MEL in Sustainable Process Engineering is at the forefront of this transformation. Our program grooms aspiring engineering leaders and entrepreneurs to pioneer innovations with renewable resources and clean energy. Prepare to reshape the industry by minimizing carbon footprints and optimizing energy use in existing processes.


Dive into a curriculum that marries the intricacies of engineering with the dynamism of business management. Whether you wish to advance your career or become a successful entrepreneur, our program offers a roadmap, translating cutting-edge advancements in green chemistry and sustainable manufacturing into viable, profitable ventures. Explore topics from reaction and reactor engineering to process systems, and complement these with comprehensive business insights covering strategy, innovation, and leadership from UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School.


This intensive 12-month program is designed to:

  • Equip you with skills to innovate in the development of new chemicals, materials, and fuels, utilizing the latest in molecular sciences and engineering.
  • Sharpen your technical and analytical abilities through a hands-on, project-based curriculum that spans the entire industry value chain.
  • Provide mentorship from world-leading faculty and industry experts at a globally top-ranked university for sustainability research.
  • Offer unparalleled networking opportunities, fostering collaborations with fellow MEL students.

Build a solid foundation in business management, project leadership, and interpersonal skills, crucial for career advancement and entrepreneurial endeavors.

“Saving the world and ensuring a better future requires bold ideas in both engineering and business.” – Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav, Associate Professor, Program Director & Entrepreneur

Learn how the Master of Engineering Leadership in Sustainable Process Engineering can redefine your career and our world.

What makes the program unique?

Elevate your technical career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Sustainable Process Engineering.


Embark on a transformative journey with the MEL degree, designed to propel you into leadership roles and navigate seamlessly across the energy industry. This degree serves as a launchpad to a future brimming with elevated responsibilities and exciting new career possibilities. Our statistics speak volumes about the impact of this program: a remarkable 61% of our alumni have ascended to higher positions, while 88% have ventured into new career paths. The MEL degree is not just an educational experience; it’s a catalyst for professional reinvention and advancement.


Immerse yourself in the depths of chemical engineering and related biotechnologies. Our program is designed to propel your understanding of creating innovative processes that not only minimize carbon and energy footprints but also enhance the quality of life and environmental well-being.


In a world where technical acumen alone doesn’t suffice, gain essential business and entrepreneurial skills through courses at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. Elevate your understanding of comprehensive management concepts and become a well-rounded professional poised for success.


Leadership isn’t just taught; it’s ingrained in every aspect of our program. Seize continuous opportunities to lead diverse teams and projects, enhancing your interpersonal and leadership skills along the way.This includes leading diverse teams and managing complex projects. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of professional development workshops, each carefully crafted to refine and enhance your leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. These experiences are not just educational, but transformative, equipping you with the confidence and competence to emerge as an influential and effective leader in your field.


UBC is globally recognized as a top 40 university and stands 7th in the world for climate action, celebrated for its exceptional programs and distinguished faculty. Its Faculty of Applied Science, Canada’s top engineering school, features advanced facilities and the notable Clean Energy Research Centre. UBC’s Sauder School of Business is the best business school in Canada and ranks 38th worldwide, offering experiential and rigorous business education.


Join the MEL in Sustainable Process Engineering and significantly expand your network by:

  • Engaging with top-tier researchers and industry pioneers in chemistry, chemical engineering, and environmental science.
  • Collaborating with a diverse group of motivated peers, enriching your experience with their varied expertise and viewpoints.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary business courses alongside fellow MEL students, fostering a comprehensive learning environment.
  • Connecting with leading experts and leveraging UBC’s programs like entrepreneurship@UBC and the Creative Destruction Lab to kickstart your own ventures.
  • Attending exclusive workshops and presentations by industry front-runners, keeping you updated on the latest trends and developments in your field.

“Many of our graduates are entrepreneurs who decided that the best way to introduce paradigm-changing technologies is through commercialization and launching corporate ventures.” – Dr. Vikram Yadav, Associate Professor, Program Director & Entrepreneur


Professionals who blend technical expertise with a solid grasp of business principles are highly sought after in both the public and private sectors. Our graduates don’t just find jobs; they lead industries and create new paths with a deeper understanding of process design and business strategy.

“Getting from where we are now to where we need to be requires changemakers: people with the technical knowledge and leadership skills to identify viable opportunities, scale them up and encourage their widespread adoption.” – Dr. Naoko Ellis, Professor & CERC Associate Director

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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

March MEL Online Information Session

Date: Tuesday, 05 March 2024
Time: 08:00 to 09:30

This online presentation and question-and-answer session is for engineers, architects, planners and technical professionals who are considering applying to the MEL. Our Student Recruitment Team will share information about the program specializations, eligibility and application process. This is the last online information session before the upcoming application deadline on March 25, 2024.

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

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

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.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

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

This program went through a name change in previous years that may have included curriculum changes. It was previously known as: Master of Engineering Leadership in Green BioProducts until 2019. Historical data on this page may include data collected under the previous name(s) of the program.


New Registrations48400
Total Enrolment84003

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 100% based on 8 students admitted between 2014 - 2017. Based on 8 graduating students from the 2014 - 2017 admissions cohort the minimum time to completion is 1.02 years and the maximum time is 1.36 years with an average of 1.06 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

The program covers the following areas:

  • Learn design new chemicals, materials and fuels with improved properties and performance by applying advanced concepts in molecular sciences and engineering
  • Sharpen your technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain and incorporates hands-on learning opportunities
  • Gain the fundamental business, project management and interpersonal skills

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January 2025 Intake

Application Open Date
01 January 2024
Canadian Applicant Deadline
25 March 2024
International Applicant Deadline
25 March 2024
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