Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering

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Application Instructions

NOTE: The instructions below are for MEng Mechanical Engineering applicants only. Students interested in our other MEng programs, or in our MEL, MASc, or PhD programs, should visit our Applications and Admissions information page, which will point you to the application instructions for each specific program.


The application portal for September entry will be open from September 15 to February 15. Please note that we do not offer a January intake.


The MEng Mechanical Engineering application process is going ‘paperless’: we no longer require that official paper documents be sent to the Program Office in support of an application. Instead, the Program Office will review scanned PDF versions of documents uploaded to the online application portal, and will only require official (paper) documents if an applicant is accepted. Successful applicants will receive a provisional admission offer with a deadline to submit official documents in order to receive an unconditional admission offer. No registration or start of program is allowed until the provisions are fulfilled and a new letter issued.

The following documentation is required in support of an application to the Master of Engineering program at UBC:
  1. Master of Engineering Program online application form and application fee. Payment by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or debit card (CAD $104.00 domestic, CAD $168.25 international).
  2. Three confidential reference reports. The online application form will ask for the contact information for the referees. The referee will be invited by email and will respond by email. Applicants can check the status of submission through their online application form account. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Personal references are not acceptable.
  3. Uploaded documents. Applicants can now upload PDF scans of the following: (1) English test; (2) Proof of Canadian Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship (for those not born in Canada); (3) Official academic documents; (4) Statement of Interest; and (5) Resume/CV. If given a provisional admission offer, the academic documents sent from other institutes must match the scans used for review in order to receive an unconditional admission letter.

Academic Requirements

This is a highly intensive program with a heavy course load, potentially including strong laboratory components requiring significant teaching and other resources. We receive a large number of applications from around the world, but can only accommodate a limited number of students each year. Successful candidates will be those with the highest academic standing and the most relevant background in computational modeling & simulation in mechanical engineering, design & product development, energy & environment, or micro & nano mechanical engineering, with strong fundamentals in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering.

Applicants with Canadian or U.S credentials

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent, conferred at a recognized institution in North America, as well as relevant prior education in mechanical engineering, with:

  • A minimum overall average of B+ (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses, or
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year level courses in the A-grade range (at UBC 80% or higher)

International applicants

Applicants must hold a credential deemed comparable to a Canadian four-year Bachelor of Applied Science, as well as relevant prior education in mechanical engineering, with:


Any applicant whose degree was conferred at a university outside Canada, other than the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand or Australia, must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency are required for application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. No test waiver is allowed.

Language Requirements

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Requirements

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL 22 21 22 21 93
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

On the IELTS application form you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results to be sent electronically. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, use the following details on the application:

1. Name of institution: The University of British Columbia

2. Name of person/department: Graduate School Admissions

3. Address: 170-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

1. Use the University of British Columbia’s institution code 0965, and the Mechanical Engineering department code 68.

2. Give the reason for taking TOEFL “to enter a college or university as a graduate student”

Application Components

The following components are necessary for when you are completing your application:

  • PDF scans of official transcripts
    • from all past post-secondary institutions at which you studied*
    • front and back, including grading rubric (a grading rubric/scale should include description to interpret the grades that appear on your transcript)
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Video Interview
  • An identified supervisor (It is required for applicants to be selected by a supervisor in order to receive an admission offer, however, it is not required for applicants to contact supervisors prior to applying.)
  • English proficiency exam* (required for applicants from universities outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction)