Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Major: CE
Degree Awarded: MEng.
Unit: SP
Program Webpage:

Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Civil Engineering degree. The Master of Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

Since the M.Eng. is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is not typically well-suited for students who have not matriculated through the preceding four years at Speed School. Therefore, almost all students who earn an undergraduate degree at a school or university other than the University of Louisville pursue the M.S. degree instead of the M.Eng. degree.

Master of Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The purpose of the five-year Master of Engineering Program is to bring together the faculty, staff, and capital resources to meet the following program educational objectives:

  1. In accordance with our mission statement, provide instruction and associated activities necessary for our graduates to grow from technical competency to professional proficiency
  2. Foster an appreciation in our graduates for professional development and life-long learning
  3. Provide an educational experience that inspires our graduates to exhibit leadership and team-building skills
  4. Promote service by our graduates to the profession, and to society

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

In order to achieve these objectives, the Master of Engineering has the following outcomes set for its graduates.

  1. Develop in students an ability to apply knowledge from math, science and engineering
  2. Develop an ability to organize and conduct laboratory and field work
  3. Develop an ability to analyze and interpret data
  4. Develop student competence in the design of systems, components, and processes to meet specific needs
  5. Provide experience and guidance in working on teams, having a diverse technical makeup
  6. Train students to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  7. Instill in students an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, both in education and in practice
  8. Develop and practice effective oral communication
  9. Develop and practice effective written and graphic communication
  10. Provide a breadth of course work and perspectives which create an understanding of the impact of engineering in society, both local and global
  11. Create an awareness in students of the need for life-long learning, whether through formal education or via many other means
  12. Expose students to contemporary issues pertinent to the practice of civil engineering
  13. Through both instruction and practice, develop in students an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools commonly used in civil engineering practice
Admission Standards

Students desiring to pursue the Master of Engineering degree must formally apply for admission to Graduate Studies in the School of Engineering. The application form is available from Speed School Academic Affairs and should be returned to the same office. It is also available online at The application should be submitted prior to completion of undergraduate Departmental Studies, typically not earlier than one semester before completion of baccalaureate requirements.

The requirements for admission or readmission to Graduate Studies – Master of Engineering are:

  1. Completion of a program of studies equivalent to that obtained through Engineering Fundamentals and Departmental Studies for the field of specialization in which the student desires to receive the Master of Engineering degree;
  2. Recommendation by the faculty and chair of the student’s department for admission or readmission to Graduate Studies;
  3. Cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.50 for all prior academic course work completed in the program. There is no petition process for students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages below a 2.50.

A student becomes a candidate for the Master of Engineering degree upon admission to Graduate Studies and initial registration as a graduate student.


All graduate students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. A candidate for the Master of Engineering degree who does not register for credit hours must maintain active registration by paying a fee each semester for M.Eng. residency until the degree is awarded (i.e., the candidate must maintain continuous registration, including summer terms, in Graduate Studies). Failure to pay the M.Eng residency fee will be cause to cancel a student’s candidacy. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. In order to be restored to candidacy, the student must have the recommendation of the department chair, receive the approval of the Associate Dean and pay the fee for each of the semesters during which the candidacy was void.

Academic Performance

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has established the following performance policies:

  1. The minimum grade point average requirement for good standing and satisfaction of degree requirements is 2.75 for all academic work completed while in graduate studies.
  2. Any student who does not satisfy the published performance criteria shall be placed in probationary status. Any student who remains in probationary status for two consecutive terms may be considered for dismissal from the program.
  3. Students receiving graduate assistantships (teaching, research or service) shall be provided adequate training and shall be required to understand and adhere to University policies related to these areas. The performance of teaching, research and service duties by such students shall be periodically evaluated. Students with teaching assistantships shall be evaluated annually.
  4. Students who fail to meet performance goals or who do not meet other requirements as outlined in the admission letter, program requirements or the university catalog may be subject to academic dismissal from their programs.

Degree Requirements

The following degree requirements are mandatory of all Master of Engineering candidates:

  1. The Program of Study must be completed with a 2.75 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.
  2. Masters students must take at least 24 credit hours of course work at the University of Louisville to satisfy the residency requirement for the master’s degree. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred from accredited institutions.
  3. Students following the Thesis Option must follow the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses”. The guidelines are located online at
  4. The total requirements must be completed within six years after admission into Graduate Studies. The time limit imposed by the rule may be extended in individual cases upon recommendation of the department chair and approval of the Associate Dean for Academics.


Graduate Studies – M.Eng.

The Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree.
Credit Hours
CEE 680: Capstone Design
CEE Electives1,215
Technical Electives1,3
Thesis Option:
CEE 697: MEng Thesis4
Non-thesis Option:
CEE Electives1,2
Total Credit Hours:
1 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the total credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level. All courses must be at the 500-level or higher.
2 CEE Electives must be approved by the department.
3 Technical Electives can be CEE or non-CEE courses. Technical Electives must be approved by the department.
4 For the thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved M.Eng. thesis topic and the director and members of the thesis committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis director must give approval for enrollment in CEE 697.
5 Candidates for the Master of Engineering degree must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all academic course work attempted in Graduate Studies. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy M.Eng. degree requirements; these courses should not have been used to also satisfy B.S. degree requirements.


The Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering will be responsible for the teaching, training, and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral students within the Speed School. Membership in the Graduate Faculty shall be required to teach a course for which graduate credit is available and will be required to serve on a graduate student’s thesis or dissertation committee in either an advisory or chairmanship capacity. The Graduate Faculty of other units may serve as external members of the committees. Additionally, membership in the Graduate Faculty will be required to act as mentors for the supervision of research by students working toward degrees authorized through the Graduate Program within the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Members of the Graduate Faculty with an Ad hoc appointment can be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to teach a graduate course or serve as an advisor or chair (mentor) on a graduate thesis or dissertation committee for a limited and specified period of time upon request from the Departmental Chair.

The following faculty have permanent appointments as Graduate Faculty of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering:

Nageshwar R. Bhaskar


Mark N. French

Professor of Civil

Omid Ghasemi-Fare

Assistant Professor

Young Hoon Kim

Assistant Professor

Zhixia Li

Assistant Professor

W. Mark McGinley


J. P. Mohsen

Department Chair

Arthur C. Parola


Thomas D. Rockaway

Associate Professor

Zhihui Sun

Associate Professor

Qian Zhao

Assistant Professor