Mechanical Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME MEN)
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (GS)
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Program Information

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree will provide a student with the basis to be able to complete the Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical 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. Almost all students who earn an undergraduate degree at a school or university other than the University of Louisville pursue the Master of Science (MS) degree instead of the MEng 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. Succeed as practicing mechanical engineers in government, industry, academia, and other economic sectors.
  2. Use their knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, engineering, and other disciplines to identify, define, and solve problems, and to anticipate the global, societal, and environmental impact of their solutions.
  3. Understand the importance of professional licensure, and act upon that understanding by pursuing registration.
  4. Comply with professional ethics codes, practice sustainable engineering, undertake professional development, and engage in life-long technical learning
  5. Display skills in teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and leadership.
  6. Demonstrate an engineering knowledge base of greater depth and breadth than that expected of baccalaureate-only graduates, helping them understand and influence contemporary technological issues as engineering innovators and managers.

Master of Engineering Student Outcomes

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

Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the solution of problems encountered in mechanical engineering practice
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments assessing phenomena encountered during mechanical engineering practice, along with the ability to analyze and interpret the resulting data
  3. An ability to design mechanical engineering systems, components, or processes that meet specified requirements
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams in both leadership roles and as an individual contributor
  5. The ability to identify and describe mechanical engineering problems, formulate constraints, devise and assess alternative approaches, and implement an optimal solution that satisfies specified performance, cost, time, and safety requirements
  6. A solid understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of mechanical engineering, as well as a record of adherence to those standards during academic coursework and cooperative education internships
  7. The ability to communicate effectively in writing, during interpersonal discussions, and through formal multimedia presentations, along with the ability to use these skills within the context of mechanical engineering practice
  8. An understanding of the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. An understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues, along with a knowledge of how such issues influence technology evolution and implementation
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering
  12. An ability to apply masters-level knowledge in a specialized area related to mechanical engineering


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.

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 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.

  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 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.
  2. Master's students must take at least 24 credit hours of coursework 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 academic and student affairs.

Admission Standards

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 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 master of engineering programs 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; and
  3. 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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree.
ME Electives 1,218
Technical Electives 1,36
Select one of the following: 6
Thesis Option:
Master of Engineering Thesis in Mechanical Engineering 4
Non-Thesis Option:
Mechanical Engineering Structured Research Project
ME Elective 1,2
Minimum Total Hours30

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.