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Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings (MEL in HPB) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

The MEL in HPB program develops Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) for the rapidly evolving high performance green building sector. This building sector is seeing opportunities as the demand for sustainable buildings and cities increases. UBC has an exceptional group of researchers working on green and sustainable buildings, cities and integrated energy systems.

This program is delivered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, both within the Faculty of Applied Science, in collaboration with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration (also known as the Sauder School of Business).

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in either engineering (or equivalent) OR a professional Master of Architecture.
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant work experience.

Applicants lacking these requirements may be required to complete additional coursework on the recommendation of the Program Director. Additionally, applicants with backgrounds only in architecture may be required to complete prerequisite coursework in engineering on the recommendation of the Program Director.

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 provide results of English language proficiency prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for the MEL in HPB 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 (Not general IELTS test)
  • 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

Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Applicants who do not meet both the academic and English language proficiency 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 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 outside their current master's program (e.g., from a different university, in a different UBC master's program, or as an unclassified student) may transfer up to 3 credits or up to 10% of the total number of credits needed for completion of their current program (whichever is more), provided that:

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

2. No more than 6 credits of transfer credit may be at the undergraduate level (300-/400-level).

3. The 3-credit (10%) restriction applies to students in UBC-approved Exchange Agreements established by the UBC Go Global Office.

4. Requests for transfer credit must be accompanied by a letter from the home graduate program addressed to the Dean of Applied Science. The letter must provide an academic justification for allowing the transfer credit on a course by course basis.

Courses taken as a UBC Access Studies (or non-degree) student may be approved for transfer toward a graduate program (in accordance with transfer credit regulations specified above) with the permission of the graduate program and the Dean of Applied Science.

Program Requirements

Degree completion requires completion of 30 credits. This includes 18 credits of Pillar courses 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.)

The required core courses for the platform include:

APPP 501 (1.5) Project Management and Leadership
APPP 503 (1.5) Sustainability and Leadership
APPP 503 (1.5) Organizational Leadership
APPP 504 (3) Business Acumen for Technical Leaders
APPP 505 (3) Analytics and Interpretation for Applied Sciences
1.5 credits of approved Commerce and Business Administration electives.

The required core courses for the pillar include:

HPB 501 (3) Green Building Contemporary Practice
HPB 502 (3) Regenerative Development
HPB 503 (3) Whole Building Energy Modelling and Simulation
HPB 504 (3) Building Energy Systems Design
HPB 505 (3) Capstone: Greening Existing Buildings
HPB 506 (3) Capstone: New Building Energy Systems Design

Each students' course plan must be approved by the MEL in HPB 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 in HPB program 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 V6T 1Z3
Email apscpp@apsc.ubc.ca
Web: www.apscpp.ubc.ca

Page last updated: March 9, 2017

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