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Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems (MEL in URSY) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

Urban systems provide the technical infrastructure that underpin modern urban society — transportation, water, waste handling, power, data, etc. The M.E.L. in Urban Systems program trains students to fill leadership roles in the planning, design, construction, operation, and overall management of these critical systems.

This is a 12-month, full-time program for professionals who have relevant industry experience and are wanting to accelerate their career.

The Faculty of Applied Science administers the Master of Engineering Leadership program. Please visit the MEL website for further information and contact details.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning or related discipline;
  • Demonstrate competence in quantitative methods;
  • Have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience.

The minimum admission requirement for students with degrees from North American institutions is an average of 76% (UBC-equivalency), calculated from senior-level coursework. An applicant with an average slightly less than 76% may be admitted if they have achieved 80% or higher in at least 12 credits (UBC-equivalency) of senior-level coursework in the prospective area of study.

The minimum admission requirement for applicants with degrees from outside North America is an overall degree average of 76% (UBC-equivalency).

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of English language proficiency prior to being extended an offer of admission. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for the MEL in URSY are:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
               Either:
      • A minimum score of 90 (internet-based exam), with minimum component scores of 22 [in reading, listening] and minimum component score of 21 [in writing, speaking];
        OR
      • Minimum score 55 each for reading, listening, and writing (in the paper-based test), with a minimum score of 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0 of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a minimum score of 3 in the speaking test.
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): minimum overall score of 65, with a minimum score of 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking.
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): minimum scores; 4L/4L/4L of the academic (NOT general) test is required.
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): minimum overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 60 on the speaking sub-test.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Program Director and the approval of the Dean of Applied Science.

Lists of the required application documents are available on the program website. The Professional Masters office is responsible for collection and assessment of application documents.

Transfer Credit

1. Graduate students who have earned credits for equivalent courses outside of the URSY program (e.g., from a different university, in a different UBC master's program, or as an unclassified student) may apply to transfer credits toward their MEL in URSY degree. Typically only 3 credits will be allowed to be transferred, provided that:

  • The courses were not used as a basis for admission to the URSY program;
  • The courses were not used to satisfy the requirements of another credential;
  • The courses considered for transfer credit have been taken within five years of commencement of the URSY program;
  • At least a B standing (UBC 74%) was obtained in courses considered for transfer.

2. Transfer credit may only be at the graduate level (500-/600-level).

3. Transferring credits is not permitted for APSC Professional Programs management and leadership courses, course code: APPP or Sauder business course codes.

4. Requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by a letter or memo of support from the Director of URSY, addressed to the Associate Dean of Applied Science. The letter must provide an academic justification for allowing the transfer credit on a course by course basis and be accompanied by a set of original transcripts from the completed course institution.

5. Transferring credits will not reduce tuition fees.

Program Requirements

Degree completion requires completion of 30 credits. This includes 21 credits of Pillar courses, including 6 credits of constrained electives, and 9 credits of Platform courses, including 1.5 credits of approved electives from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Platform refers to foundational coursework focused on the professional skills required for an experienced graduate to be an effective professional leader. These courses are common across many of the Applied Science Professional Master’s programs. The Pillar contains the relevant technical material. Each student's coursework must be approved by the MEL in Urban Systems graduate program office. A complete list of the courses required for successful completion is available on the MEL in Urban Systems program website.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance based on academic merit and financial need may be available.

Students should consult the MEL admissions Website for more information.

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions
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Tel: 604.827.4136
Email: apscpp@apsc.ubc.ca
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