*The application system opens on January 2nd, 2019.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is designed for engineers who want to accelerate their career by leading and supervising teams and managing complex technical projects. This program combines the engineering and physics of ship design with broad business and leadership training.

There are more than 100,000 vessels in the world’s fleet — designed, built, maintained and managed by naval architects and marine engineers. It’s a growing sector, and it’s growing here in BC. Building competencies in the architecture, design and selection of ship machinery systems is one component of the technical curriculum. Combined with strong leadership and business skills, this program will help you to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects — a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment.

The MEL is a 12-month degree starting in January. While 60 per cent of your Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering courses will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Engineering Leadership
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Program Components: Coursework only
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science

Lead Change In A High-growth Industry

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is a professional degree for engineers who want to excel and drive innovation. This hybrid master’s program combines graduate-level engineering courses with UBC Sauder School of Business courses – giving you the skills and confidence to take your career in new directions.

The shipbuilding industry is growing worldwide, and there is increasing demand for talented engineers to design the next generation of vessels and components and put innovative ideas practice. Governments and industry organizations need engineers with broad technical knowledge of all facets of ship design, operation and maintenance. They’re also looking for individuals who have the business insight and interpersonal skills to lead multidisciplinary teams and manage complex projects.

Choose Engineering And Business

The MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering offers a unique combination of technical and business classes – giving you the strategic skills to play a leading role in forward-thinking organizations. Engineering courses are a dynamic balance between academic theory and real-world industrial and commercial practices. Business courses offered by the top-ranked UBC Sauder School of Business give you a solid foundation in business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership.

Gain A Competitive Edge

In this 12-month program you will:

  • acquire the skills to manage complex shipbuilding design and procurement programs and become fully qualified in ship project management
  • sharpen your technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain
  • participate in either a 12-week co-op work program or the e@UBC Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program – enabling you to take an entrepreneurial idea to a validated business model
  • study under renowned faculty and collaborate with industry partners at one of the world’s top 40 universities
  • expand your professional network while collaborating with other MEL students
  • gain the fundamental business, project management and interpersonal skills to advance your career and confidently take on positions of increased responsibility

Learn more about this innovative professional master’s degree from our students and professors.

A Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) degree from UBC gives you the credentials and knowledge to confidently take on positions of greater responsibility or make the shift into a new industry sector.

Upgrade Your Technical Skills

You’ll build your competencies in the architecture, design and selection of ship machinery systems, learning how to use technical tools – such as sequencing, blocks and integration – and exploring ways to optimize operations.

Learn The Language Of Business

Technical knowledge is not enough. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder School of Business, you’ll gain foundational business skills, improving your understanding of broad-based management concepts.

Become A Confident Leader

Leadership development is embedded throughout the program, giving you ongoing opportunities to lead teams and projects and strengthen your interpersonal skills.

Gain A Professional Master’s Degree From A World-class University

UBC is one of the world’s top 40 universities and its programs and professors have a global reputation for excellence. The Faculty of Applied Science is home to one of North America’s premier engineering schools and the only centre for the study of naval architecture and marine engineering on the Pacific Coast of North America.

UBC Sauder School of Business is ranked first in Canada and 38th in the world for business and management studies, and the school is known for its commitment to rigorous, relevant and experiential teaching.

Expand Your Network

As a student in the MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program, you will grow your personal and professional network by:

  • learning from world-renowned faculty members who have close ties to British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry
  • studying alongside motivated peers who bring a diverse range of work experience and perspectives to the program
  • taking business courses with students from other professional graduate programs in the Faculty of Applied Science – engaged and ambitious professionals from the multidisciplinary MEL and Master of Health Leadership and Policy programs

Go Further

Engineers who have mastered a technical specialization and the fundamentals of business have a distinct competitive advantage. In demand by both government and industry employers, our graduates are successfully moving into sought-after positions across the marine sector.

“Industry is engaged in all aspects of this program, and our advisory committee includes representatives from organizations involved in shipbuilding, design and operations.” – Dr. Jon Mikkelsen

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by employers seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Job opportunities include working as a ship surveyor, in a shipyard engineering position, as a design engineer and as a class society representative.

General Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with an overall average of 76% (UBC GPA equivalencies for master programs (MEL and MHLP) can be found here)
  • Document proving your current citizenship (usually a passport or other citizenship document from your country) or your Canadian permanent residency

Program Specific Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in engineering
  • Three or more years of relevant work experience

English language requirements

If you completed your degree at a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of your application:

  • If your undergraduate or master’s degree was completed outside Canada at an English speaking university, we will accept an official proof of English proficiency letter from the university stating that the primary language of instruction for your degree was English.
  • If your undergraduate or master’s degree was not taught in English you must provide a valid English language proficiency score:
    • 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 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
  • The English language proficiency tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. If your English language proficiency results are due to expire soon, you need to submit the official results (in addition to the unofficial results submitted with your online application) to The University of British Columbia, Graduate School Admissions department (IELTS) or using code 0965 (TOEFL). Official test results must be received directly from the issuing organization before the 24 month expiry deadline. The department is not responsible for students unable to submit their results after they have expired.
  • Students must submit their official test results directly to UBC via the instructions on the Submitting your Documents in order for your application to be complete.
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Last updated January 31, 2019
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9,550 CAD
$9,550.87 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $16,755.15 Tuition per year for International students
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