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Master of Engineering Leadership in Smart Grid Energy Systems

Program Overview

The Master of Engineering Leadership (M.E.L.) in Smart Grid Energy Systems (S.G.E.S.) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

The Smart Grid Energy Systems program option focuses on developing Highly Qualified Personnel (H.Q.P.) needed for the rapidly evolving smart grid energy sector. This sector has opportunities in the development of methods and technologies for: the integration of emerging generation and storage equipment into today’s evolving power grid; communication systems for the ubiquitous sensing and control of all power grid components; and the automation of energy dispatch to meet the needs of users whether they are consumers, utility providers, emergency responders, for example. The curriculum emphasizes the application of technical knowledge through projects and labs.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in electrical engineering with a focus on energy or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience.

The minimum admission requirement for students with degrees from Canadian or 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 competency 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 SGES are:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      • 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];
      • 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 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 the approval of the Dean of Applied Science.

Lists of the required application documents are available on the program website. The Applied Science graduate program 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 SGES 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 SGES 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 SGES 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 SGES 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 SGES, 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.

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 and is equivalent to a specialization. Each student’s course work must be approved by the Applied Science graduate program office. A complete list of the courses required for successful completion is available on the M.E.L. in S.G.E.S. program website.

Note: SGES 501 (6) runs three semesters (12 months)

Winter Session – Term 2 (January – April)
SGES 501 (see note above), SGES 502 (3), SGES 550 (2), APPP 501 (1.5), APPP 503 (1.5), APPP 505 (3)

Summer Session – Term 1 (May – June); Summer Session – Term 2 (July – August)
SGES 501 (see note above), SGES 502 (3), SGES 550 (2), APPP 501 (1.5), APPP 503 (1.5), APPP 505 (3), SGES 501 (see note above), SGES 503 (2), APPP 504 (3)

Winter Session – Term 1 (September - December)
SGES 501 (see note above), SGES 531 (3), SGES 592 (2), APPP 502 (1.5), Commerce & Business Admin. Elective (1.5)

Financial Assistance

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

Students should consult the M.E.L. in S.G.E.S. program website for more information.

Contact Information

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