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The Master Of Engineering As The First Accredited Degree

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.466.1 - 1.466.7

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James C. Watters

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James C. Watters Chemical Engineering Department University of Louisville Louisville, KY 40292

The Speed Scientific School, the engineering school of the University of Louisville, offers the 5-year, integrated, professional Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) degree, with mandatory co-operative internship, as its first ABET-accredited program. Currently we are the only chemical engineering program in the country accredited by ABET at the advanced or master’s level. There are a few other accredited master’s programs in the other branches of engineering, and recently some schools have instituted professional master of engineering degrees to complement their accredited B.S. programs. There are positives and negatives to our procedure as with any other, and the following article attempts to put these in perspective. The reader who wishes a more in-depth background and rationale should consult a previous article on our program by Deshpande and Plankl.


The Speed Scientific School was founded in 1925 with first graduates in chemical engineering in 1929. An M. S. program in chemical engineering started in 1934, while doctoral work was initiated in 1955. The concept of cooperative education was an integral part of the undergraduate program ab initio, as one of the intents of the Speed family in endowing the school was that graduates should be versed in “hands-on” engineering as well as academics.

In 1970, a five-year program leading to the graduate professional degree, Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), was introduced, keeping the required cooperative internship during the first four years. This program has now been in place for 25 years, and its value was reaffirmed by the school faculty during discussions held in the early 1990’s. The M.Eng. degree is administered by the Speed School as a professional engineering degree, and it thus differs from a traditional

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Watters, J. C. (1996, June), The Master Of Engineering As The First Accredited Degree Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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