Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems (MEL)

Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Urban Systems is designed for early-career professionals with undergraduate credentials in disciplines related to urban systems who want to advance their careers in this in-demand area. The program equips you with the high-level technical skills needed to develop practical and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems.

Cities and their growing populations depend on infrastructure to provide energy, water, sanitation, telecommunications and healthcare. Developing and maintaining infrastructure solutions that are safe, affordable, reliable, environmentally sustainable and resilient over the long term is a challenge of incredible complexity and breadth. 

The MEL in Urban Systems degree integrates engineering, urban planning, management and leadership into a single program. Students gain high-level technical skills that enable them to understand and manage the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems while acquiring management and leadership training - a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment.

The MEL a 12-month degree starting in January that follows a project-based curriculum. While 70 per cent of your Urban Systems 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 Urban Systems.

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 Urban Systems 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 Urban Systems degree.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Engineering Leadership
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Urban Systems
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science
School
School of Community and Regional Planning

Meet a UBC representative

Q&A with UBC Graduate Student Ambassadors

webinar
Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
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.

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 Civil Engineering, Urban Planning or related discipline and demonstrate competence in quantitative methods.

Other Requirements

Applicants require a minimum of three years of relevant professional 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 a wide range of employers — from municipalities and utilities to transportation providers and engineering consulting firms — seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Graduates will take on roles as city engineers, management consultants, city planners, policy advisors and entrepreneurs. Read some of our alumni stories of how our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MEL in Urban Systems degree. Graduates of this program started in positions, such as Transportation EIT, Project Initiation Assistant Manager.

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 Urban Systems.

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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