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Master of Engineering Leadership in Sustainable Process Engineering

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Sustainable Process Engineering (MEL in SPE) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

The Sustainable Process Engineering program focuses on developing Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) to lead the dynamically evolving green economy. This sector is seeing opportunities in the development of green, sustainable products, and processes to replace petroleum-derived products and fuels. UBC has an exceptional and growing group of researchers that are developing and commercializing cleaner processing technologies for the production of bio-based chemicals, fuels, and materials, as well as sustainable energy.

Students will be trained in the application of chemical and bioprocess engineering principles towards the design of sustainable products and manufacturing processes that utilize renewable feedstocks. Students will also be trained to perform life cycle and technoeconomic analyses to develop and implement novel business models for the commercialization of sustainable products and processes.

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

This program is delivered by the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering (within the Faculty of Applied Science).

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering.
  • Have a minimum of three years relevant 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 SPE 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 SPE 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 SPE 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 SPE 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 SPE 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 SPE, 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

The degree requires completion of 30 credits: 12 platform and 18 Pillar credits. Platform courses are designed to give foundational coursework focused on the professional skills required for an experienced graduate to be an effective professional leader. These courses are common across the Applied Science Professional Master’s programs and includes 1.5 credits from approved electives offered by the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. The Pillar courses are designed to address relevant technical material and are chosen from an approved list. Each student's coursework must be approved by the MEL in Sustainable Process Engineering graduate program office. A complete list of the courses required for successful completion are available on the 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
Professional Masters Studio – Faculty of Applied Science
The University of British Columbia
Gerald McGavin Building
211 - 2386 East Mall
Vancouver BC
Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.827.4136
Email: apscpp@apsc.ubc.ca
Web: www.apscpp.ubc.ca

Page last updated: August 13, 2019

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