Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Major: EE
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GS
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Program Information

General Information

The M.S. degree program is intended for persons having an accredited baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering, but is available to those with other backgrounds. Applicants with other backgrounds should plan on taking some undergraduate background course work. Students interested in the M.S. degree program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award master’s degrees.

Admission Standards

The admission standards for the Master of Science program in Electrical Engineering are as follows:

  1. All admission applications for the program shall include:
    1. a completed application for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies,
    2. an application fee,
    3. results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
    4. at least two letters of recommendation, and
    5. official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework. All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English.
  2. The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution or current enrollment in an undergraduate Speed School program.
  3. The minimum undergraduate grade point average that will be considered for unconditional acceptance and admission to the program is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  4. The minimum GRE score that will be considered for unconditional acceptance and admission is a combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning score of 295.
  5. Admission in good standing shall be made only if all admission credentials have been received, evaluated and approved and all academic requirements met. A student may be admitted provisionally if academic requirements are met but application materials are incomplete (usually missing letters of recommendation or official transcripts and/or official score reports). Students have one semester to furnish any credentials missing at the time of admission and may not enroll for a second consecutive term in provisional status.
  6. Any conditional acceptance shall be made on an individual basis and shall require a statement of the rationale for the exception, plans for monitoring progress and performance and stated success criteria. Such justification must be provided in writing and must be accepted by the program chair and the Speed School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. This will allow consideration of special circumstances in which the potential for acceptable graduate performance has been clearly demonstrated by other means.
  7. International students whose primary language is not English must show English language proficiency by either:
    1. total score of 80 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test or overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or
    2. successfully completing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville, or
    3. demonstration of a degree award from an acceptable English language institution.

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 3.00 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. Please review the “Academic Standing” section within this catalog in regard to “Academic Probation” (
  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.

All graduate students are expected to make steady and satisfactory progress toward the completion of degrees. Students who are not enrolled for a period of more than 12 months will be considered to have withdrawn from the program. Students who seek to return after such a period of time must contact the graduate program director.

Degree Requirements

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

  1. The Program of Study must be completed with a 3.00 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 Guidelines for the Preparation of a Thesis and Dissertation [pdf], which are located on the website of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  4. Students have six years, after their admission to the M.S. program to complete their degree.

The requirements for the Master of Science degree are discussed in more detail at:


Graduate Studies - M.S.

Remedial work may be specified for those applicants who, in the opinion of the faculty, do not have a sufficient background. The minimum curricular requirements for the master’s program are:

Credit Hours
ECE Electives1,2
Technical Electives1,3
Thesis Option:
ECE 690: MS Thesis4
Paper Option:
ECE 691: MS Paper4
Project Option:
ECE 692: MS Project
or Project Course/ECE 6965
ECE Electives
Total Credit Hours
1 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level; at least 15 credit hours of coursework must be in ECE.
2 At least two ECE Electives must be chosen from two different core groups:
Group 1: ECE 510/511; ECE 516; ECE 532
Group 2: ECE 514/515; ECE 533/534; ECE 540; ECE 542; ECE 543; ECE 569
Group 3: ECE 520/521; ECE 530; ECE 550/551; ECE 560/561; ECE 625
3 Technical Electives can be ECE or non-ECE courses. Technical Electives must be approved by the department.
4 For the thesis/paper option, a student is required to select both an approved M.S. 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 690/691.
5 Must include ECE 699 or a course from a list of approved research/project courses, maintained by the Department, and ECE 696.
6 Candidates for the Master of Science degree must have a minimum final cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all academic work attempted in Graduate Studies.


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 departmental 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