Electrical Engineering (MEng)
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 Electrical Engineering MEng 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:
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.
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.
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:
- The ability to apply knowledge of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals to the solution of electrical engineering problems
- The ability to design and conduct experiments in electrical engineering, and to analyze and interpret the data generated by those experiments
- 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
- The ability to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams which may involve people from diverse backgrounds
- The ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems in electrical engineering
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
- The ability to demonstrate effective:
- oral communication in the field of electrical engineering
- written communication in the field of electrical engineering
- Attainment of the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- The ability to recognize and respond to the need for life-long learning for a successful career in electrical engineering
- An understanding of contemporary technical and professional issues in the practice of electrical engineering
- The ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering effectively in the practice of electrical 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 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.
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 seven (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 seven (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.
- 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 eight (8) 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.
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.
- The MEng degree cannot be conferred prior to the BS degree.
Since the Electrical Engineering MEng 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. Students can be admitted to the MEng program with fewer than 13 credit hours of BS degree requirements remaining 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.
|Master of Engineering Coursework|
|ECE Design Electives (see list below) 1,2,3||12|
|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 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 eight (8) 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 or paper, are 600-level.
A minimum of twelve (12) hours must be classified as Design Electives. Design Electives must be chosen from the approved list of regular courses (see below).
ECE electives must be chosen from an approved list
ECE 697 Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering is an elective for a total of 6 credit hours. For the thesis/paper option, a student is urged to select both an approved MEng 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.
Technical electives can be ECE or non-ECE courses. Technical electives must be approved by the department. A maximum of six (6) hours of non-ECE courses will count toward the MEng degree. Non-ECE technical electives must be approved by the department.
& ECE 511
Computer Design Laboratory
& ECE 514
|Introduction to VLSI Systems|
Introduction to VLSI Systems Laboratory
|ECE 516||Microcomputer Design||4|
& ECE 521
|Digital Signal Processing|
Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
& ECE 534
|Integrated Circuit Design|
Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
& ECE 544
|Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS|
& ECE 551
|Communication and Modulation|
Communication Systems Laboratory
& ECE 556
|Digital Image Processing|
Digital Image Processing Laboratory
& ECE 561
|Control Systems Principles|
Control Systems Laboratory
& ECE 565
|Fundamentals of Autonomous Robots|
Fundamentals of Autonomous Robots Lab
& ECE 645
Computer Vision Laboratory
& ECE 655
|Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence|
Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory
|ECE 633||Microelectronics Design and Fabrication||4|
|ECE 636||MEMS Design and Fabrication||4|
|ECE 697||Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering||6|
|Any ECE Design Elective from above list.|
|ECE 500||Special Topics in Electrical Engineering||1-6|
|ECE 518||Fundamentals of Computer Communications and Networks||3|
|ECE 523||Introduction to Biometrics||3|
|ECE 526||LabVIEW for Electrical Engineers||3|
|ECE 530||Introduction to Random Processes and Estimation Theory||3|
|ECE 531||Power Electronics||3|
|ECE 532||Electromechanical System Designs for Home Appliances||4.5|
|ECE 540||Fundamentals of Lasers||3|
|ECE 541||Engineering Optics Laboratory||1|
|ECE 542||Physical Electronics||3|
|ECE 543||Fundamentals of Microfabrication and MEMS||3|
|ECE 545||Optical Signal Processing||3|
|ECE 569||Intermediate Electromagnetic Fields and Waves||3|
|ECE 581||Electric Machines and Drives||3|
|ECE 582||Power System Analysis||3|
|ECE 600||Special Topics in Electrical & Computer Engineering||1-6|
|ECE 611||Computer Architecture||3|
|ECE 613||Computational Intelligence Methods for Data Analysis||3|
|ECE 614||Deep Learning||3|
|ECE 632||Semiconductor Principles||3|
|ECE 638||The MOSFET||3|
|ECE 640||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering||3|
|ECE 641||Medical Imaging Systems||3|
|ECE 642||Fiber Optics and Integrated Optical Systems||3|
|ECE 643||Introduction to Biomedical Computing||3|
|ECE 645||Computer Vision Laboratory||1|
|ECE 647||Fundamentals of Optoelectronics and Photonics||3|
|ECE 651||Communication System Design||3|
|ECE 652||Information Theory and Coding||3|
|ECE 653||Digital Communications||3|
|ECE 654||Advanced Voice/Data Networks||3|
|ECE 655||Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory||1|
|ECE 661||Sampled-Data Control Systems||3|
|ECE 662||Introduction to Optimum Control||3|
|ECE 664||Modern Adaptive Control||3|
|ECE 665||Theory of Nonlinear Systems||3|
|ECE 675||Nanostructure Self-Assembly||3|
|ECE 676||Foundations of Polymer MEMS||3|
|ECE 682||Advanced Power System Analysis||3|
|ECE 697||Master of Engineering Thesis or Paper in Electrical Engineering||1-6|