UBC MEL MHLP Professional Leadership Master Degrees

Application Checklist

When you’re ready, you’ll begin your application for the MEL or MHLP program online. You can save your application and continue working on it at a later time. Applications are not reviewed by the admissions committee until applications are fully complete. Your application will include:

Letter of intent

A letter of intent is your opportunity to explain why you want to take the MEL or MHLP degree and what you hope to achieve from it. Reflect on your academic, professional and personal skills and your future career goals to demonstrate what a great match you are for the program. We ask that you do not exceed 2 pages.


Provide an up-to-date professional résumé. Review this helpful resource to ensure your resume accurately capture your experiences.

Admissions questions? Review some of the strengths, areas and components of creating a strong application to the MEL and MHLP degrees. The applications that stand out are those where we see a strong fit between the applicant’s personal and professional goals and the goals of the MEL and MHLP programs.

A copy of your transcripts and degrees certificates

You will need to upload a copy of your official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended as part of your application. Scan both sides of all pages of your transcript into a single PDF per institution before uploading.

Please note that UBC does not accept WES evaluations in lieu of transcripts.

If your transcripts are issued in a language other than English, submit both the original transcript and an official English translation. Please combine your scans into ONE document per degree. If your bachelor and/or master’s degree includes transfer credits from other institutions, we also require the transfer credit transcripts.

If your transcript does not indicate your degree name and conferral date, you will also be required to submit a copy of your degree certificate. Scan and upload a copy of your official degree certificate. If your degree certificate is issued in a language other than English, submit both the original degree certificate and an official English translation.

If you receive an offer, you will be required to submit an official hard copy of your academic documentation. UBC has strict regulations on the requirements for documentation to be accepted as official transcripts and degree certificates. See submitting your documents for additional details.

Three references

You need to provide contact details for three referees as part of your application.

To enable your referees to submit their reference forms online, please provide their institutional, business or academic email address on your application form, and not their personal email address.

If you provide a personal email address for a referee, such as Gmail, Hotmail or yahoo, your referees must submit their reference by postal mail. This may result in delays in processing your application.

Your referees will be automatically contacted after you have submitted your completed application and paid the application fee. They can then submit their references at their discretion. They will have the option of uploading a reference letter, or completing a reference form. All references must be submitted in English.

You may want to follow up with your referees to ensure they submit their references by the application deadline. You can see if they have submitted their reference on MyApplication under Reference Details. If they have not submitted you can send them a reminder.

Question about references? Understand who you should choose as referees for your application to the UBC Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) or Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) degree.

Proof of English language proficiency

For success in this program, you must be able to fluently speak, comprehend and write in English. If you completed your undergraduate or graduate degree in a country where English is one of the only official languages (such as Canada, the United States, or the United Kingdom), this will satisfy the English language requirement.

If you completed your undergraduate or graduate degree in English, and this is stated directly on your transcript, this will also satisfy the English language requirement. If this is not stated directly on your transcript, you must complete and English language proficiency exam.

If you have not met the English language proficiency requirement through your undergraduate or graduate degree, book your English test early – you will need time to receive the results before you can apply to the program.

Tests must have been taken within 24 months of your application. Please review the English language proficiency requirements.

For the purpose of your online application, you may upload your unofficial English language proficiency test results to your application, or submit your results electronically:

  • TOEFL: Use UBC’s Institution code 0965; give the reason for taking TOEFL “to enter college or university as a graduate student”
  • IELTS: Use name of institution: The University of British Columbia; Master of Engineering Leadership or Master of Health Leadership & Policy: Graduate School Admissions.”

Understand how to meet the English language proficiency as part of the application to the MEL and MHLP degrees by watching this short and informative video.

Proof of residency

To apply to UBC, you must provide a proof of residency or citizenship document. For most applicants, this is a copy of the photo page of your passport. Your passport may be expired at the time of application, but make sure to renew it in time to travel to Canada, if applicable. 

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, please include a scanned copy of your permanent resident card.

Note: All submitted application materials, including irreplaceable documents, become the property of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. Students who submit irreplaceable material may request the return of that material. Such requests must be submitted with the original material.