Naval architecture
& marine engineering

Combine the engineering
and physics of ship design with
broad business and leadership training.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering is an intensive one-year degree (January to December) 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. For more recent engineering graduates, UBC also offers a more technical Master of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

There is a growing need for talented engineers who can bridge the gap between technical staff and business leaders. Graduates of the MEL program will be highly sought after for their ability to bridge this divide and for their unique combination of leadership and technical sector-specific skills.

Watch this video and learn more about this unique technical management program from our students and professors.

Propel your career forward

This unique master’s degree will:

  • equip you with the ability to manage complex shipbuilding design and procurement programs and become fully qualified in ship project management
  • broaden your sector-relevant skills through a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain
  • provide a dynamic learning environment that includes the option of a 12-week co-op work program
  • offer opportunities for you to collaborate with world-renowned faculty and industry experts
  • help you advance your career by balancing technical learning with in-depth leadership courses on project management, business and communication

Eligibility requirements

You are eligible for this program if you meet the MEL admission requirements and you have:

  • an undergraduate degree in engineering
  • three or more years of relevant work experience (applicants with less work experience may be considered)


ships in the world

22 years

average age of the world fleet


oceangoing ships built annually

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Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

"Students in the MEL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program will have many opportunities to work on technical engineering projects alongside industry partners."

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