Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Major: EE
Degree Awarded: MEng.
Unit: SP
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Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Electrical and Computer 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. Graduates of the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering program shall be prepared for successful and productive engineering careers, possess technical competency, and be effective team members and effective communicators.

  2. Graduates of the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering program shall be prepared for the successful pursuit of graduate studies and have the ability to engage in lifelong learning in electrical engineering and related fields.

  3. Graduates of the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering program shall possess a sense of professionalism, with emphasis on professional ethics and an awareness of professional licensing, and shall participate in the affairs of the profession.

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

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

  1. the ability to apply knowledge of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals to the solution of electrical engineering problems
  2. the ability to design and conduct experiments in electrical engineering, and to analyze and interpret the data generated by those experiments
  3. the ability to design components, devices, and systems to meet specific needs in electrical engineering, within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. the ability to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams which may involve people from diverse backgrounds
  5. the ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems in electrical engineering
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  7. the ability to demonstrate effective:

a. oral communication in the field of electrical engineering

b. written communication in the field of electrical engineering

  1. attainment of the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  2. the ability to recognize and respond to the need for life-long learning for a successful career in electrical engineering
  3. an understanding of contemporary technical and professional issues in the practice of electrical engineering
  4. the ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering effectively in the practice of electrical engineering
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. However, those students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages from 2.25 to 2.50 may be admitted upon petition and approval of the chair and faculty of the department.

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 candidacy 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree.
Credit Hours
ECE Electives1,2,3
Technical Electives1,2,3,4
Thesis/Paper Option:2,3,5
ECE 697: MEng Thesis
ECE 698: MEng Paper
Project Option:2,3
ECE 699: MEng Project1
ECE Electives1,3
Course Option:2,3
Research/Project Course/ECE 6961,6
ECE Electives1,3
Total Credit Hours:
1 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis or paper, are 600-level.
2 A minimum of nine (9) hours must be classified as Design Electives. Design Electives must be chosen from the following approved list of regular courses: ECE 510/511, 512/513, 515/514, 516, 520/521, 533/534, 550/551, 560/561, 564/565, 613, 614, 618/635, 619/645, 620/655, 633/634, 636/637, 651, 661, 662, 664, 667.
3 Requires approval of the student's faculty advisor.
4 Technical Electives can be ECE or non-ECE courses. Technical Electives must be approved by the department. Only three (3) credit hours may be at the 500-level.
5 For the thesis/paper option, a student is urged to select both an approved M.Eng. thesis/paper topic and the director and members of the thesis/paper committee during the first term of Graduate Studies. The thesis/paper director must give approval for enrollment in ECE 697/698.
6 A list of approved research/project courses is maintained by the Department.
7 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:


Bruce William Alphenaar

Department Chair

Amir Amini


Robert W. Cohn


Aly A. Farag


Cindy K. Harnett

Associate Professor

Tamer Inanc

Associate Professor

Hongxiang Li

Assistant Professor

John H. Lilly


Michael McIntyre

Assistant Professor

Shamus McNamara

Associate Professor

John F. Naber


Dan Popa


Kevin M. Walsh


Karla Conn Welch

Assistant Professor

Jacek M. Zurada