Integrated Water Management

Degree Benefits

Advance your career with the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management.


Embark on a transformative journey with the MEL degree, designed to propel you into leadership roles and navigate seamlessly across the water industry. This degree serves as a launchpad to a future brimming with elevated responsibilities and exciting new career possibilities. Our statistics speak volumes about the impact of this program: a remarkable 61% of our alumni have ascended to higher positions, while 88% have ventured into new career paths. The MEL degree is not just an educational experience; it’s a catalyst for professional reinvention and advancement.

Enhance Your Technical Expertise

Acquire in-demand technical expertise to craft effective solutions in areas like water treatment and monitoring, information technologies, and innovative biotechnologies. Our program focuses on practical, real-world applications, ensuring you’re equipped with the skills needed for today’s dynamic engineering challenges.

Master the fundamentals of business

Technical abilities alone aren’t sufficient in the modern professional landscape. Through UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, you’ll gain essential business skills that broaden your understanding of management concepts, enabling you to communicate effectively in the corporate world.

Develop leadership excellence

Leadership skills are woven into every aspect of the MEL degree. As a student, you will find yourself immersed in a variety of leadership-building experiences. This includes leading diverse teams and managing complex projects. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of professional development workshops, each carefully crafted to refine and enhance your leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. These experiences are not just educational, but transformative, equipping you with the confidence and competence to emerge as an influential and effective leader in your field.


UBC is a globally recognized as a top-40 university and stands 7th in the world for climate action, celebrated for its exceptional programs and distinguished faculty. Its Faculty of Applied Science is home to Canada’s top engineering school, and includes acclaimed departments of Civil, Chemical, and Biological engineering. Additionally, the UBC Sauder School of Business, ranked first in Canada and 38th globally for business and management studies, is celebrated for its impactful, experiential teaching methods.

Broaden your professional network

As a student in the MEL in Integrated Water Management, you will expand your network by:

  • Learning from world-class faculty.
  • Collaborating with diverse, motivated peers who bring a wealth of experience and perspectives.
  • Interacting with students from other MEL programs, creating multidisciplinary connections.
  • Attending industry-leading workshops and presentations, gaining insights into contemporary issues and trends.

“As an integrated program, the courses fit together to give students opportunities that would be hard to find elsewhere and could certainly not be found in a single department.” – Dr. Susan Baldwin, Professor

Go further

Professionals who combine technical specialization with business acumen are highly sought after. Our graduates are making significant strides in their careers, entering desired positions and exploring new sectors.

“Our graduates will have the knowledge and skills to launch or enhance their career in this exciting and continually evolving area.” – Dr. Barbara Lence, Professor & Former Program Director

Discover more about this innovative professional master’s degree from our faculty.

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