Department of Automotive Engineering

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Clemson University has the nation’s only graduate-level department devoted to automotive engineering. We offer both master’s (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in automotive engineering. Thanks to input from our partners, we provide students with an education that is relevant to the current needs of industry making them highly sought after in the job market.

We appreciate your interest in our program. This page is designed to provide quick links and basic information that will help you apply for apply for fall 2015.

**We have received a record number of applications; please be patient as our faculty committee completes the review process. Time spend answering inquiry calls and e-mails will delay the process. All applicants will receive an answer about their application by May 9.**

The application will remain open until April 30, 2015 but applications arriving after January 15 are subject to vacancies in the program.

GRE guidelines:  Verbal  153, Quantitative 155, Written 3.0
For international students: TOEFL 80
Students with scores that are marginally below these levels are not automatically denied admission. The review committee will evaluate each application as a whole, weighing all of a student's qualifications including test scores, GPA, previous education, work experience, interests, and recommendations.

Additional requirements
M.S. - Bachelor’s degree in engineering, applied sciences, or math with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent from an accredited program. While not required, two years of post-BS, industry experience is a plus.
Ph.D. - A master’s degree is typically desired. Students wishing to enter the PhD program directly after obtaining their BS degree must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Degrees must be in engineering, applied sciences, or math.

All students who apply are automatically considered for fellowship opportunities. Incoming master's students may also want to apply for the BMW M.S. Fellowship. This is the only fellowship that requires an additional application; this fellowship is also only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Ph.D. students are also considered for assistantship opportunities when their applications are evaluated. Typically, M.S. students do not receive funding due to the compact nature of their two-year program.

applyAPPLICATION  Remember, only applications received by January 15 will be given full consideration for admissions.
When submitting your GRE scores, simply use Clemson's institution code (5111), do not route to a specific department.

The application pages are administered by the Clemson University Graduate School.  If you experience issues with the application, please start by reading the FAQ page.
If you have technical difficulties while completing your application or letters of recommendation, you should send an e-mail to

Thanks for your interest in our program. We ask for your patience during the admissions process. Our faculty committee will be reviewing applications and making decisions over the coming weeks. To follow the status of your application, please use the Clemson Grad School status check system. We ask that you not e-mail or call to check on your application as responding to these inquiries takes time away from other activities and will delay the review process. We anticipate that all admissions decisions will be communicated by May 15.


Why get a degree in automotive engineering?
Why Clemson?
M.S. curriculum

Ph.D. curriculum

Admissions guidelines
Application procedures and deadlines
Prospective student FAQs  This page is updated frequently based on your feedback. We recommend that every prospective student review this page.

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