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MEL Integrated Water Management

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

47380 CAD
27540 CAD

Application fee

International 150 CAD
National 90 CAD
Faculty of Applied Science
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Master of Engineering Leadership in Integrated Water Management (MEL in IWME) is a program within the Faculty of Applied Science.

There has been a rapid expansion in scientific and engineering knowledge around water with many new technologies and practical solutions emerging. These include advanced treatments, sophisticated monitoring tools, powerful information technologies, deeper understanding of natural systems, efficient water use and reuse, and novel biotechnologies. Students will learn necessary elements of environmental fluid dynamics, hydrology, chemical and biological treatment processes, water and wastewater management required of a professional working in water resource systems planning and management.

This is a 12-month, full-time program for professionals who have relevant industry experience and are wanting to accelerate their career.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate credential in Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering or related discipline in engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Biotechnology, Biology, Biogeography (physical geography) or Microbiology or equivalent;
  • Have a minimum of three years relevant experience.

The minimum admission requirement for students with degrees from institutions in Canada or the United States is an average of 76% (UBC-equivalency), calculated from senior-level coursework. An applicant with an average slightly less than 76% may be admitted if they have achieved 80% or higher in at least 12 credits (UBC-equivalency) of senior-level coursework in the prospective area of study.

The minimum admission requirement for applicants with degrees from outside Canada and the United States is an overall degree average of 76% (UBC-equivalency).

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Course Modules

Degree completion requires completion of 30 credits. This includes 21 credits of Pillar courses, including 6 credits of constrained electives and 9 credits of Platform courses, including 1.5 credits of approved electives from the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Platform refers to foundational coursework focused on the professional skills required for an experienced graduate to be an effective professional leader. These courses are common across many of the Applied Science Professional Master’s programs. The Pillar contains the relevant technical material. Each student's coursework must be approved by the MEL IWME graduate program office

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How to Apply

Curriculum Vitae

Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc. 

University transcripts
The Graduate Program requires that applicants scan and upload copies of all university transcripts and proof of degree conferral, please include the marking guide from the corresponding university.  If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide an official English language translation.  For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts.

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. 

Letters of reference
The Graduate Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which (and preferably two) should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.  PhD applicants are required to include a letter of reference from their LLM supervisor as one of their referees.

Please forward your dissertation proposal to your referees and ask that they comment on the quality of the proposal and your preparation for undertaking the proposed project.

If you are submitting an on-line application, you must supply the email addresses for each of your referees, the on-line application system will send your referees a unique email which will give them several options for submitting their letters of reference.  

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