Graduate programs

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) and Master of Engineering (MEng) are professional programs designed for engineers wishing to upgrade their training and fast-forward their careers.

The Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Science (MSc) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are thesis-based research degrees designed for engineers wishing to pursue research.

Degree comparison

 Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL)Master of Engineering (MEng)Master of Applied Science (MASc)Master of  Science (MSc)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Education requiredBachelor's degreeBachelor's degreeBachelor's degreeBachelor's degreeMaster's degree
Thesis RequiredNoNoYesYesYes
Duration of program12 months full-time or 24 months part-time*12 to 16 months24 months 24 months48 months

Master of Engineering Leadership

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) is an interdisciplinary degree with classes in both the Faculty of Applied Science and the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. The MEL focuses on developing students’ technical and business knowledge.

Vancouver Campus

Master of Engineering 

The Master of Engineering (MEng) is taught wholly within UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and emphasizes advancing students’ technical knowledge.

Vancouver Campus
Okanagan Campus

Master of Applied Science 

The Master of Applied Science (MASc) is for engineering graduates who wish to pursue a thesis-based master’s degree.

Vancouver Campus
Okanagan Campus 

Master of Science programs 

The Master of Science (MSc) is for graduates of science undergraduate degrees who wish to pursue a thesis-based master’s degree.

Vancouver Campus

Research-based doctoral degrees (PhD) 

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is typically for those who have already completed an undergraduate and graduate degree, and wish to pursue a doctoral-based research program.

Vancouver Campus
Okanagan Campus
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