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Automotive Engineering M.S. Curriculum

Chris D'Amico working at a computerThe master's of science curriculum is designed as a two-year, post-B.S. degree program consisting of a minimum of 42 credit hours in total. Students complete graduate coursework equivalent to 36 credit hours and a six month internship (six credit hours) either in industry or on the Deep Orange vehicle prototyping project.

The curriculum is divided into four content areas: core courses, technical electives, business courses, and internship- industrial or Deep Orange.

See below for a note on auditing courses.

15 credit hours (five courses) normally, or 18 credit hours (six courses) if enrolled in “Deep Orange.”

AuE 880 Automotive Design and Project Management
AuE 881 Automotive Systems Overview
AuE 882 Systems Integration Concepts and Methods
AuE 883 Applied Systems Integration (only if enrolled in Deep Orange)
AuE 833 Automotive Manufacturing Systems Overview
AuE 835 Automotive Electronics Overview


A minimum of 15 credit hours (five courses), or 12 credit hours (four courses) if enrolled in Deep Orange.

Technical electives must be chosen to provide depth in a given track. At least three courses must be AuE courses in a given track. The other courses can be from the same track, however students taking classes outside a given track must pick courses that are complementary and must be selected in consultation with their faculty advisor and the student’s advisory committee. Track areas include the following:

Vehicle Manufacturing and Materials
AuE 866 Materials for Automotive Applications
AuE 867 Vehicle Manufacturing Processes
AuE 877 Vehicle Lightweight Design
AuE 893 Quality Control for Automotive Systems

Vehicle Performance
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive (Powertrain) Control Systems
AuE 829 Tire Behavior and Performance
AuE 850 Stability and Safety Systems
AuE 886 Vehicle NVH
AuE 887 Methods for Vehicle Testing
AuE 893 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
ME 453/653 Dynamic Performance of Vehicles

Advanced Powertrains and Drivelines
AuE 816 Fundamentals of Engine Combustion and Emissions
AuE 817 Alternative Power Sources
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive Powertrain Control
AuE 828 Fundamentals of Vehicle Drivelines and Powertrain Integration
AuE 893 Engine System Analysis, Design and Experimentation
AuE 893 Advanced IC Engine Concepts
AuE 893 Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Control

Vehicle Electronics/Electrical Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 893 Automotive Grounding and Shielding
Other related courses from electrical and computer engineering and/or computer science


A minimum of three hours (one course) in a concentration area. This requirement is intended to prepare students to lead technological change as an independent entrepreneur or as an innovator within a complex organization.


AuE 890 Automotive Engineering Project for six hours
Internships are a minimum of six months at the same institution and can be domestic, international, or as part of the Deep Orange project at Clemson University.  Students are encouraged to complete a continuous, six-month internship to maximize their experience; however, it is acceptable to split the internship into parts as long as six months are completed at the same institution/company.
Detailed internship requirements are available in the student - Internships section.
The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for finding internship opportunities for students.


Auditors are under no obligation of regular attendance, preparation, recitation, or examination and receive no credit. Participation in classroom discussion and laboratory exercise by auditors is at the discretion of the instructor. A student who has previously audited a course is ineligible for credit by examination. Courses audited are not recorded on the student's academic record.

1. With approval, the following may audit courses without tuition (other fees apply):

  • Graduate assistants
  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students (12 or more credit hours)
  • Faculty and full-time staff
  • South Carolina residents age 60 or over, provided they are not a full-time employee of Clemson University

2. Other persons who audit pays the applicable tuition rate. Students may not sign up to audit until the first day of class so that priority may be given students taking courses for credit.

3. The deadline to sign up to audit a course is the last day to register or add a class for that term. Normal drop deadlines apply as well.

Students currently registered for courses may add an audit course or change one to audit status in iROAR. Other auditors must obtain a request to audit card from the Registrar's Office, 102 Sikes Hall, Box 345125, Clemson, SC 29634-5125.