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
Application procedures and deadlines
Prospective student FAQs
Why get a degree in automotive engineering?
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
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
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.)
Letters of Recommendation