Industrial Engineering (MEng)
The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Industrial Engineering degree. The Master of Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
Since the MEng 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 MS degree instead of the MEng degree.
Master of Engineering Program Educational Objectives
The objectives of the five-year Master of Engineering Program are to produce ethically responsible graduates who are:
- Successful in the professional practice of industrial engineering
- Effective communicators and team players, and, involved in professional service and lifelong learning
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:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- An ability to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
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 MEng residency until the degree is awarded (i.e., the candidate must maintain continuous registration, including summer terms, in Graduate Studies). Failure to pay the MEng residency fee will be cause to cancel a student's residency. 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 residency, 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 residency was void.
The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has established the following performance policies:
- The minimum grade point average requirement for good standing is 3.00 for all academic work completed while in graduate studies.
Any student with a cumulative graduate GPA below 3.00 will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are limited to enrollment for 13 credit hours in a fall or spring semester and 10 credit hours for summer terms.
Students who do not bring their cumulative graduate GPA back at or above a 3.00 in the semester immediately following Academic Warning, will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of enrollment. Students on probation are limited to enrollment for 13 credit hours in a fall or spring semester and 10 credit hours for summer terms. Any student who remains in probationary status for two consecutive terms may be considered for dismissal from the program.
- 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.
- 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.
- A maximum of six hours of graduate level courses taken as an undergraduate may be used to satisfy MEng degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy B.S. degree requirements.
The following degree requirements are mandatory of all master of engineering candidates:
- The program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.
- Master's degree students must take at least 24 credit hours of coursework 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.
- Students following the thesis option must follow the Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses. The guidelines are located online at louisville.edu/speed/academics/policies/mEngThesisGuidelines.
- 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 academic and student affairs.
Students who wish to pursue the master of engineering degree must formally apply for admission to graduate studies in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The application form is available online at louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms/MEngGraduateStudiesApplication. The application should be submitted prior to completion of the BS degree, typically not earlier than one semester before completion of baccalaureate requirements and no later than two years post conferral of their baccalaureate degree.
The requirements for admission or readmission to a master of engineering program are:
- 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;
- Recommendation by the faculty and chair of the student’s department for admission or readmission to graduate studies;
- Cumulative baccalaureate grade point average of 2.75. However, those students with cumulative baccalaureate grade-point averages from 2.50 to 2.75 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.
Graduate Studies MEng
|IE 657||Models for Design and Analysis of Logistical Systems||3|
|IE Electives 1,2||12|
|Technical Electives 1,3||9|
|Select one of the following:||6|
|MEng Thesis in Industrial Engineering 4|
|Industrial Engineering Master's Degree Project 5|
Technical Elective 1,3
|Minimum Total Hours||30|
The Master of Engineering degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the master of engineering degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic 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 MEng degree requirements; these courses cannot have been used to also satisfy BS degree requirements.
Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level.
IE Electives must be approved by the department
Technical Electives can be IE or non-IE courses. Technical Electives must be approved by the department
For the thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved MEng 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 IE 697.
For the non-thesis option, a student is required to select both an approved MEng project topic and project advisor during the first term of Graduate Studies.