Prospective Students


The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers research and course based graduate programs.

Research Degree Graduate Programs

The Department offers three research degree graduate programs:

  • Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) and
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Thesis topics are available in the fields of faculty research.  The Department also operates joint research programs at the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. levels with the Michael Smith Laboratories, the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL) and the Pulp and Paper Research Centre (PPC) in areas of common interests.

The MASc, MSc and PhD programs are administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G&PS) at the Vancouver campus.

Course Based Masters Programs 

Master of Engineering (MEng)

The Department has opened applications to its course based Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program.  The Master of Engineering is a course-based program designed for engineers wishing to upgrade their training. During this 12-16 month program students take a prescribed set of courses.

Co-op programs are offered for Master of Engineering program.

Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL)

The Faculty of Applied Science offers a suite of Professional Masters in Engineering Leadership.  The Master of Engineering Leadership is a one-year professional degree programs for practicing professionals who want to excel in their careers, broaden their technical perspectives and gain new business and leadership skills. Students undergo cross-disciplinary technical instruction and personal leadership development.  Visit UBC Applied Science Professional Programs for more information on the Master of Engineering Leadership and to submit an online application.  Masters in Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs include:

Sustainable Process Engineering

Translate innovations in green chemistry and sustainable manufacturing into entrepreneurial venture. Read more on the MEL website.



Clean Energy Engineering

Develop the technical, business and leadership skills needed to generate sustainable energy solutions.


Integrated Water Management

Apply your technical and leadership skills in developing sustainable water management solutions.

Degree Program Options

All graduate students may also consider:

To assist graduate students in considering program options, UBC Engineering provides a degree program comparison.