Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems (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 Urban Systems is a professional degree for system thinkers who want to address complex infrastructure challenges. This hybrid program combines graduate-level engineering and urban planning courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to build your career and drive innovation in urban planning.

 

CHOOSE ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS

The MEL in Urban Systems program offers a unique combination of technical and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in forward-thinking organizations. Engineering and urban planning courses span the entire industry value chain, from the social context of infrastructure and planning through to engineering and design, project delivery and asset management. 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.

 

STUDY FULL TIME OR PART TIME

You can take the program either full time (12 months) or part time (24 months). With the 12-month full-time option, you’ll complete your studies in one year, expanding your knowledge base and skill set in a concentrated time frame.

The 24-month part-time option is for those who want to continue working while building their business and technical knowledge. By balancing work and study, you’ll be able to apply your new skills immediately to your workplace, and bring technical and leadership challenges from work into classroom discussion. This part-time version of the MEL in Urban Systems is also an opportunity to build your professional network over two years. Students pursuing this option can expect to be on campus for two weekdays each week (approximately 10 hours total).

 

GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE

Over the 12-months/24months program you will:

  • gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices in designing and managing interdependent urban infrastructure systems and services to contribute to more resilient and sustainable cities
  • broaden your sector-specific knowledge through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of community and infrastructure system life cycles
  • study under renowned faculty and industry experts
  • 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.

UPDATE YOUR TECHNICAL SKILLS
The program introduces you to the critical aspects of designing, constructing, operating, maintaining and deconstructing built infrastructure. You’ll gain the broad technical understanding needed to support strategic-level decision making that carefully considers the complex interdependencies that underpin urban infrastructure systems.

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
Students who have broad technical knowledge and an understanding of business have a distinct competitive advantage. In demand locally, nationally and internationally, our graduates have successfully moved into roles with municipalities, utility companies, transportation providers and engineering consulting firms as planners, policy advisors and entrepreneurs.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Engineering Leadership
Subject
Engineering
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full or Part-time
Specialization
Urban Systems
Program Components
Coursework only
Faculty
Faculty of Applied Science
School
School of Community and Regional Planning

Program Enquiries

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

Application Notes

The online application portal will be open and accepting submissions for all January 2021 applications as of January 1st 2020.

1st Round: April 1, 2020 (Decision by May 1, 2020)
2nd Round: July 1, 2020 (Decision by August 1, 2020) 
CAN and USA only: September 1, 2020 (Decision by October 12, 2020). 

To ensure your application is completed by the deadline and to allow plenty of time for processing study permits and organizing your relocation to Vancouver, we encourage all applicants to apply early.

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 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/

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$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$9,741.89$17,425.35
Program Fee$29,225.67$52,276.05
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (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. 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.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications22332320 
Offers16262017 
New registrations711109 
Total enrolment2124199 
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.
 
 

Program Enquiries

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

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