Electrical Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE MEN)
Unit: Speed School of Engineering (SP)
Department/Program Webpage: louisville.edu/speed/electrical

Program Information

General Information

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

Since the MEngEE is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is only available for students who have matriculated through the Electrical Engineering bachelor degree program at Speed School. Therefore, 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 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:
    1. oral communication in the field of electrical engineering
    2. written communication in the field of electrical engineering
  8. Attainment of the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. The ability to recognize and respond to the need for life-long learning for a successful career in electrical engineering
  10. An understanding of contemporary technical and professional issues in the practice of electrical engineering
  11. The ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering effectively in the practice of electrical engineering

Residency

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 submit a new application, 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 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 7 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 7 credit hours for summer terms. Any student who remains in academic probation 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.
  5. 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.

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 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.
  3. 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.
  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.
  5. The MEng degree cannot be conferred prior to the BS degree.

Admission Standards

Since the MEngEE is accredited as part of a five-year program with one-year of co-op experience, it is only available for students who have matriculated through the Electrical Engineering bachelor degree program at Speed School.

The application form is available online at louisville.edu/speed/academics/forms/MEngGraduateStudiesApplication.

The requirements for admission or readmission to a master of engineering program are:

1. Submission of a completed MEng application for the field of specialization in which the student is earning a bachelor degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. 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;

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 2.75. 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering degree requires the following over and above the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree.
Master of Engineering Coursework
ECE Design Electives (see list below) 1,2,312
18 hours from the following:18
ECE Electives (see list below) 1,3,4
Technical Electives 1,5
Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering
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. 


Approved Elective Coursework

Design Electives

ECE 510
ECE 511
Computer Design
Computer Design Laboratory
4
ECE 515
ECE 514
Introduction to VLSI Systems
Introduction to VLSI Systems Laboratory
4
ECE 516Microcomputer Design4
ECE 520
ECE 521
Digital Signal Processing
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
4
ECE 533
ECE 534
Integrated Circuit Design
Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
4
ECE 543
ECE 544
Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS
Microfabrications/MEMS Laboratory
4
ECE 550
ECE 551
Communication and Modulation
Communication Systems Laboratory
4
ECE 555
ECE 556
Digital Image Processing
Digital Image Processing Laboratory
4
ECE 560
ECE 561
Control Systems Principles
Control Systems Laboratory
4
ECE 564
ECE 565
Fundamentals of Autonomous Robots
Fundamentals of Autonomous Robots Lab
4
ECE 619
ECE 645
Computer Vision
Computer Vision Laboratory
4
ECE 620
ECE 655
Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence
Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory
4
ECE 633Microelectronics Design and Fabrication4
ECE 636MEMS Design and Fabrication4
ECE 697Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering6

ECE electives

Any ECE Design Elective from above list.
ECE 500Special Topics in Electrical Engineering1-6
ECE 518Fundamentals of Computer Communications and Networks3
ECE 523Introduction to Biometrics3
ECE 526LabVIEW for Electrical Engineers3
ECE 530Introduction to Random Processes and Estimation Theory3
ECE 531Power Electronics3
ECE 532Electromechanical System Designs for Home Appliances4.5
ECE 540Fundamentals of Lasers3
ECE 541Engineering Optics Laboratory1
ECE 542Physical Electronics3
ECE 543Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS3
ECE 545Optical Signal Processing3
ECE 569Intermediate Electromagnetic Fields and Waves3
ECE 581Electric Machines and Drives3
ECE 582Power System Analysis3
ECE 600Special Topics in Electrical & Computer Engineering1-6
ECE 611Computer Architecture3
ECE 613Computational Intelligence Methods for Data Analysis3
ECE 614Deep Learning3
ECE 632Semiconductor Principles3
ECE 638The MOSFET3
ECE 640Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
ECE 641Medical Imaging Systems3
ECE 642Fiber Optics and Integrated Optical Systems3
ECE 643Introduction to Biomedical Computing3
ECE 645Computer Vision Laboratory1
ECE 647Fundamentals of Optoelectronics and Photonics3
ECE 651Communication System Design3
ECE 652Information Theory and Coding3
ECE 653Digital Communications3
ECE 654Advanced Voice/Data Networks3
ECE 655Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory1
ECE 661Sampled-Data Control Systems3
ECE 662Introduction to Optimum Control3
ECE 664Modern Adaptive Control3
ECE 665Theory of Nonlinear Systems3
ECE 674Nanotechnology3
ECE 675Nanostructure Self-Assembly3
ECE 676Foundations of Polymer MEMS3
ECE 682Advanced Power System Analysis3
ECE 697Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering1-6