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University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science Master of Engineering Leadership in Integrated Water Management
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

Master of Engineering Leadership in Integrated Water Management

Vancouver, Canada

12 Months


Full time, Part time

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CAD 29,810 / per year **


* 2022 Admissions: 1st Round: March 30th, 2021 | 2nd Round: June 30th, 2021 | CAN and USA only: September 30th, 2021

** $29,810.20 for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats; $54,367.10 for international students


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The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management is a professional degree for engineers and environmental science graduates who want to excel and drive innovation in sustainable water management initiatives. 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.

Choose Engineering and Business

The MEL in Integrated Water Management 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 cover the entire spectrum of water management, including engineering hydrology, water treatment design, environmental fluid mechanics, and water and wastewater management strategies. Business courses offered by the top-ranked UBC Sauder School of Business give you a solid foundation in strategy and innovation, organizational leadership, and sustainability considerations.

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Study Full Time or Part-Time

You can take the program either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). With the 12-month full-time option, you’ll complete your studies in one year, expanding your knowledge base and skill set in a concentrated time frame.

The 24-month part-time option is for those who want to continue working while building their business and technical knowledge. By balancing work and study, you’ll be able to apply your new skills immediately to your workplace and bring technical and leadership challenges from work into classroom discussion. This part-time version of the MEL in Integrated Water Management is also an opportunity to build your professional network for over two years. Students pursuing this option can expect to be on campus for two weekdays each week (approximately 10 hours total).

Gain a Competitive Edge

In just 12-months/24-months, this master’s degree will:

  • Learn how to apply physical, chemical, and biological unit operations and processes to water resources, while also increasing your familiarity with regulatory and environmental frameworks;
  • Sharpen your technical and analytical skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain and incorporates hands-on learning opportunities;
  • Study under renowned faculty and industry experts 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.

What Makes the Program Unique?

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 gain an integrated technical foundation in energy systems design and modeling, equipping you to be a technical leader in integrated design and the construction and maintenance of green building energy systems.

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.

Go Further

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

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally, and internationally by employers in industry and government seeking professionals who can develop and deliver sustainable water management initiatives. Graduates of the program started in positions, such as Environmental EIT, Environmental Specialist, President & CEO.

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