Department of Automotive Engineering

Fast Facts for SAE students

graduate students mentoring formula members

Clemson's Department of Automotive Engineering is the perfect place for students with a passion for the car. Not only is our program the nation's only graduate-level department dedicated to automotive engineering, we are also located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry, and government organizations come together to mold the future of the automotive industry. Our location allows students to use world-class facilities and interact with automotive industry professionals at monthly campus socials and other events.

Our program values the hands-on skills and creative thinking that students gain through Formula SAE. We know that you have a passion and want to assure you that your involvement with racing and Formula SAE does not have to end with your undergraduate career. Through the Brooks Institute for Motorsports a number of our graduate students are providing engineering support and to Clemson's Formula SAE and Baja SAE teams. Students have the opportunity to interact with motorsports professionals thanks to the Brooks Institute, faculty with racing experience, and alumni in motorsports. Our partnernship with SEMA also provides exciting opportunities.

Please use the links below to learn more about our program. If you have questions, please use the contact form or e-mail Angela McBride.

Degree program information 
Admissions guidelines
Application procedures and deadlines
Prospective student FAQs
Why get a degree in automotive engineering?
Why Clemson?
Contact us


Degree program information
Clemson's Department of Automotive Engineering offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Master's students complete their program in two years, including six-months of hands-on experience working with the Deep Orange vehicle prototyping program or in an industrial internship.
Master's curriculum details
Course descriptions

There is no set time frame to complete the Ph.D. program; however, doctoral programs are typically completed in three-to-four years. As a Ph.D. student, you will develop a core understanding of automotive systems integration. We work to impart both a depth and breadth of knowledge through intensive automotive tracks, a technical minor, leadership and business training, and a six-month internship. Students with a bachelor's degree can apply for the Ph.D. direct program where they will earn their M.S. degree en route to the Ph.D.
Ph.D. curriculum details
Course descriptions

Admissions Guidelines
We look at each student as a whole when making decisions about admissions. Test scores and GPA are considered along with post-graduate work.  The hands-on experience gained through Formula SAE can help to offset marginal test scores or GPAs.

Prucka with studentsGRE SCORES – revised scoring system (previous scoring system in parenthesis)
Verbal  153 (500 - previous GRE scale)
Quantitative 155 (700 – previous GRE scale)
Written 3.0
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.

Application Instructions
The admissions application is found online www.grad.Clemson.edu/admission/
Your materials are loaded into a system that will allow us to evaluate your application and act accordingly.
Students who are interested in applying for fall 2014 should submit applications by January 15 for full consideration for funding and admissions.

The following items are needed to complete your application.
Official GRE scores (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students (Clemson’s ETS code is 5111. There is no additional department code.)
Unofficial Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation