UBC Applied Science Professional Programs

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Programs Information

The MEL and MHLP programs are one-year, in-person programs. The programs begin in January and end in December each year.

No. The MEL and MHLP programs begin in January and end in December each year.

All MEL and MHLP programs are held at the UBC Vancouver campus, with the exception of the MEL in Resource Management, which is held at UBC Okanagan.

No. The MEL and MHLP programs are in-person, full-time degree programs that are one year in length.

Your class size will depend on the number of students enrolled in your specific program, and could range from five to 30 students. Some of your program classes may also include MEng or PhD students. Your leadership development courses will be attended by students from all the MEL and MHLP programs and could range from 70-100 students.

The MEL and MHLP are intense professional graduate degree programs. It is mandatory that you attend classes and events. As such, we do not recommend that you attempt to work while taking this program.

Students in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program can participate in a 12-week co-op work experience. This is the only program that currently offers co-op opportunities.

Being a professional program, there are no scholarships, grants or funding offered by UBC for MEL or MHLP students. Students who require financial assistance are encouraged to look for external scholarships or loans that may be available to them.

If you are in the program with a co-op placement – Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering – you are required to apply for your co-op job using UBC’s extensive database of co-op job postings. You must then successfully complete an interview with your potential employer to gain a co-op placement. The Co-op Program cannot guarantee that you will secure a co-op job as the hiring decision is that of the co-op employer. However, dedicated co-op staff will provide you with pre-employment training before you apply for positions (posted on the extensive database of co-op postings and through your independent job search), job search coaching and support with the job application process, interviewing and placement.

Only students in programs that include a co-op component can use their 12 weeks of work experience towards the PEng accreditation. The only program that offers co-op is Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

You are far more likely to be accepted into a PhD program if you choose a Master’s degree that allows you to conduct research. The MHLP/MEL programs do not contain any opportunity to publish research. As PhD programs are extremely competitive, if that is your ultimate goal, we encourage you to pursue a research based Masters degree. That said, we have had students continue on to do a PhD after completing a MHLP/MEL program and we would recommend that you research the requirements of the PhD you wish to pursue.

The MEL degree incorporates courses in leadership, business and communication that account for 40% of your course load. These courses are not available within traditional MEng programs, which tend to focus exclusively on technical knowledge. In addition, the MEL degree is intended for professionals with three to five years of work experience, whereas the MEng degree is open to those who have just graduated with an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field.

Graduation ceremonies are held in May of the year following your successful completion of the MEL or MHLP program. You will receive more information about graduation during the year.

The MHLP in Clinical Education is pending approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and is not currently accepting applications. Contact us for more details.

e@UBC provides real-world hands-on sessions for the UBC community that accelerate the growth of new ventures at all stages of development. The Lean LaunchPad Accelerator Program will help teams with innovative venture ideas greatly improve the odds of building a successful venture. Participants will apply an evidence-based approach to developing their new venture by generating business model hypotheses, testing those with end users and others in the ecosystem, and validating, eliminating or pivoting hypotheses. The ultimate outcome is a validated business model – the most critical initial step in the start-up journey.

Only five highly sought-after team spots are held for MEL/MHLP students. Interested students must (on their own time) form their team, decide on their venture idea and apply as a team by mid-April.

Eligibility Requirements

Not all MEL and MHLP programs require a minimum of three years of professional experience. Please check the eligibility requirements for the program you are interested in. Each application is assessed on an individual basis that takes into account work experience, references and your letter of intent.

If you do not meet some program requirements, you may still be granted admission into the program if other aspects of your application are strong. However, please note that the MEL/MHLP programs do require some professional experience as they are professional programs. For applicants who have none or very little professional experience, we recommend gaining more experience and applying in the future.

No. Most health-care professionals will be considered for the MHLP in Seniors Care or MHLP in Clinical Education.

No. Several of the MEL programs will consider applicants who do not have an engineering degree. Check the program you are interested in for its specific eligibility requirements.

If you do not meet the academic requirements, you may be granted admission to the program if you:

  • have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, or
  • possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare you for successful study in the graduate program.

If you completed your undergraduate degree at an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction, you must submit an English-language proficiency test no matter how long you have worked or lived in Canada, the US or another country where English is the dominant language.

Courses with the code APPP (leadership courses), e.g. APPP 501, are only available to MHLP and MEL students. However, you are eligible to take technical specialized classes (specialization courses), e.g. CEEN 523 with approval from the course instructor.

Courses with the code APPP (leadership courses), e.g. APPP 501, are only available to MHLP and MEL students. However, you are eligible to take technical specialized classes (specialization courses), e.g. CEEN 523 with approval from the course instructor.

No, you do not have to submit a GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) test score for the MEL and MHLP programs.

My Application

You will need references from three individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in your planned program of study. We encourage you to choose referees who know your recent accomplishments in an academic, professional or volunteer capacity. Referees should be people who know you well (recent employers, managers, previous professors, etc.) not UBC staff/faculty who you recently got in touch with.

The online application system asks you to provide an email address for each of your three references. Once you submit your application, the online system will email your references and ask them to complete an online reference form, upload a reference letter or mail us a form/letter. We strongly recommend that where possible pick referees that have a business or institution email address. Free web-based email providers, such as Gmail and Hotmail, cannot access the online form and can only submit their reference via mail.

It is the applicants responsibility to ensure your referees submit their references. Detailed instructions are provided in the email sent to your reference. Applicants should not send us reference letters directly. We are unable to accept references that are emailed to us directly from the referee, as we cannot guarantee their authenticity.

You can track the status of your application by logging into the application portal at evision.as.it.ubc.ca. Please allow for two weeks after the expected delivery for your documents to be received and processed by our office.

A decision will be made one month after the deadline of each application round. You will be notified when a decision has been made. Check your email junk mail to ensure you haven’t missed a notification.

No. We are unable to help you with your student visa application. You can learn more about required immigration documents and study permits for international students, and the International Student Guide has some useful resources as well.

Your conditional letter should be sufficient for your study permit application requirements. However, we understand that in some cases it is easier to obtain a student visa if you have an unconditional acceptance letter. We are unable to issue an unconditional letter of acceptance until all conditions in your conditional offer letter have been met (e.g. paying the non-refundable deposit, sending us official transcripts, etc.). Please apply as early as possible to avoid delays.

Your $5,000 deposit confirms your acceptance of the admissions offer and is non-refundable. However, if you are an international student and are unable to obtain a student visa, the program deposit will be refunded upon proof of your inability to obtain the visa.

In very specific circumstances, you may be granted a deferral. Please submit a deferral request outlining your reasons for deferring and your financial plan via email to the program administrator. If your deferral request is accepted, you will need to complete the conditions set out in your offer letter, this includes paying the non-refundable deposit. Please note that you are only eligible to defer for one year. If you are unable to attend, your application will be withdrawn and you will lose your non-refundable deposit.

Once you are admitted into the program and have received an unconditional offer letter, you will be able to register for courses. For more information on how to register for courses please visit the Student Portal.

No. If you are interested in living in on-campus housing, you need to submit a separate application. Demand for residence is high, so it is a good idea to submit your application for residence at the same time that you submit your application to the MEL or MHLP program. You do not have to wait for an offer of admission to apply for residence. Learn more.