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Master of Engineering Leadership in Green BioProducts

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Green BioProducts (MEL in GBPR) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

The Green BioProducts program focuses on developing Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) needed for the rapidly evolving lignocellulosic biomass (Green) products sector. This sector is seeing opportunities in the development of green, sustainable products, and chemistries to replace oil-based products and fuels. UBC has an exceptional group of researchers working on development of advanced biomaterials, ranging from specialty paper applications to fibre and fibril reinforced materials and carbon fibres from lignin.

Students will develop mastery of knowledge related to the chemistry and anatomy of the tree, lignocellulosic separation chemistry, and the production pathways for biocomposites and fuels.

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 jointly between the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering (within the Faculty of Applied Science) and the Faculty of Forestry.

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Forestry, Wood Products Processing, Chemistry or Plant Science, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biology or Biophysics or equivalent;
  • 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 GBPR are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 213 (computer version); 80 (Internet version, effective September 2005)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 81
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): minimum overall score of 59
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): minimum scores; 4L/4L/4L
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): minimum overall score of 60

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.

Program Requirements

Degree completion requires completion of 30 credits. This includes 18 credits of Pillar courses, including 3 credits of constrained electives, and 12 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 Green Bio-Products 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
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