Urban Systems

Degree Benefits

If you’re thinking about concentrating your career in the clean energy sector, think about the difference a year at UBC can make. Build knowledge — Cross disciplines and boundaries — Gain confidence.

Develop solutions for a growing industry

Cities and their growing populations depend on infrastructure to provide energy, water, sanitation, telecommunications and healthcare. Developing and maintaining infrastructure solutions that are safe, affordable, reliable, environmentally sustainable and resilient over the long term is a challenge of incredible complexity and breadth.

Deepen your technical and leadership skills

The MEL in Urban Systems degree integrates engineering, urban planning, management and leadership into a single program. Students gain high-level technical skills that enable them to understand and manage the challenges associated with large urban infrastructure systems while acquiring management and leadership training — a skill set that is highly relevant in today’s business environment.

Pursue opportunities and advance your career

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by a wide range of employers — from municipalities and utilities to transportation providers and engineering consulting firms — seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Graduates will take on roles as city engineers, management consultants, city planners, policy advisors and entrepreneurs. Read some of our alumni stories of how our graduates have gone on to excel their careers with their UBC MEL in Urban Systems degree. Graduates of this program started in positions, such as:

  • Transportation EIT
  • Project Initiation Assistant Manager

Get a degree from a top ranked university

UBC and its programs have cultivated a world renowned reputation and top ranking among universities. Gaining your MEL in Urban Systems degree will give you access to a network of successful individuals and associations with a well-respected institution. You will:

  • be immersed in a dynamic research environment at UBC — one of the world’s top public research universities
  • learn from world-renowned Faculty of Applied Science — including program director Dr. Martino Tran and Dr. Penelope Gurstein — and the Sauder School of Business
  • collaborate with government, industry and community partners — including the City of Vancouver, BC Hydro and Stantec
  • take courses with a cohort of like-minded peers — a group of engaged and ambitious professionals working in industries that include advanced materials manufacturing, clean energy engineering, software integrated water management and naval architecture and marine engineering
  • develop professional networks with top researchers, industry partners and motivated graduate students
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