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Admissions questions? Find out if you are eligible.

October 26, 2020
UBC MEL MHLP - Admission Questions: Eligibility Requirements

If you’re thinking about applying to the MEL or MHLP, you likely have some questions about the admissions process. In this series, we chat with some of our team members about the eligibility requirements and application process for the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) and Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) degrees.

We spoke with Chelsea Ousey, Student Recruitment Specialist, about the MEL and MHLP eligibility requirements.

Tell us about your job.

I spend most of my day communicating with prospective students about the MEL and MHLP degrees. My goal is to help them understand if these programs can help them reach their professional and academic goals, and to answer their specific questions about eligibility requirements and the application process. If the applicant is admitted, I and my colleagues Eva Angelopoulos and Clement Yi then work with them as they transition to life as a student.

How can someone figure out if they are eligible for the program?

The best place to start is to review the eligibility requirements on the website. I also encourage everyone to attend an information session to gain a clear understanding of the program.

Once they’ve done those two things, if prospective students have any additional questions, they can always request a call where we’ll discuss their goals and career path to figure out if they meet the criteria and, just as important, if the program is the right fit for them .

What are the minimum academic requirements?

Both programs require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. For students pursuing the MEL, we’re looking for a degree in applied science, like engineering, planning or architecture. For the MHLP, we’re looking for a degree in practising health care, such as nursing, pharmacy or occupational therapy.

Some MEL and MHLP programs have specific criteria, so applicants should definitely review the program-specific requirements. In the MEL programs in Clean Energy Engineering and Sustainable Process Engineering, for example, applicants need to have completed a second-year course in thermodynamics.

What are the minimum work experience requirements?

We are looking for three years of work experience in a field directly related to the program you want to study. So if you are applying to the MEL in Dependable Software Systems, you should have at least three years of experience building significant software systems, and for the MEL in Advanced Materials Manufacturing, we want to see experience in a high-tech manufacturing environment. If you are applying to Seniors Care or Clinical Education in the MHLP, you’ll need to have a background in these areas of practice – or at least be able to show us that you have adjacent experience and an understanding of what it means to work in those areas.

Why is relevant and related experience so important?

The MEL and MHLP are professional leadership degrees. This makes them quite different from traditional academic degrees.

What you’ll be learning applies directly to your job and profession, and you’re far more likely to excel in the program if you have at least three years of professional experience in the sector you intend to study.

What if someone is not sure if they are eligible?

I encourage everyone who’s interested in the MEL or MHLP to start with an information session – these are interactive sessions and many eligibility questions get answered there. Prospective students can also reach out to me and request a call. I’ll ask questions about their background and experience to see if they’re eligible for the program and should invest the time in preparing an application.

How important is an applicant’s undergraduate GPA?

The MEL and MHLP programs require a minimum 76% GPA. Having said that, if you do not meet the minimum GPA but have 10 years of relevant industry experience, we would certainly assess your application holistically and take the complete picture into account. However, the programs are competitive – so even if you meet all the criteria, you may not be accepted.

Any advice for those who are applying?

Check out how to apply: this guide will take you through the process step by step.

Start your application early and take your time. I suggest you submit your application and pay your application fee a couple of weeks before the application deadline. Once we have those, we can contact your referees.

Remember that this application represents everything that the admissions committee knows about you. So make sure it is reflective and comprehensive. In your letter of intent, tell us how this program is right for you and how it will help you hone your skills. Have a friend or colleague review your entire application and give you candid and critical feedback. A second set of eyes can help identify areas that can be improved.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I applied to several master’s programs in early 2019, and despite working in the field of higher education for 10 years, I found that the application processes could be confusing! If you’re finding applications a little tricky to navigate, don’t worry – I can relate.. I really enjoy helping prospective students decide if the MEL and MHLP are the best pathways for them to reach their professional goals and answering their questions about the admissions process. The best week in my job is when I see strong candidates I have been working with get accepted into the program. I often get to call them right after they’ve been admitted to congratulate them – and that’s really thrilling.

Admissions questions? Determine your eligibility for the program. Review some of the key eligibility requirements and application process for the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) and Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) degrees.