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Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems (MEL in DSS) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

Dependability of software systems is gaining much attention and importance with the pervasiveness of software systems. The ubiquity of these systems requires that these systems perform correctly with high confidence, and building such systems requires a multifaceted approach. This program addresses key concepts, namely:

  • System correctness within specifications
  • System robustness outside of specifications
  • System security in case of hostile use outside of specification
  • Software project lifecycle management for robust systems

The program is supported by a set of leadership, management, and analysis courses aimed at providing professional education for dependable software systems technical leaders.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science;
  • Have prior experience developing software systems;
  • Have a minimum 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 DSS 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 DSS graduate program office. Students in the MEL in DSS will complete a Capstone Project. 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
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Vancouver BC
Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.827.4136
Email: apscpp@apsc.ubc.ca
Web: www.apscpp.ubc.ca/

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