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Automotive Engineering M.S. Curriculum

Chris D'Amico working at a computerClemson’s Master’s in Automotive Engineering blends intense technical study and strong science-based skill-building with an emphasis on leadership and other business acumen needed to thrive in an ever evolving global economy. Our hands-on, holistic approach ensures that graduates move seamlessly into employment within the automotive industry or academia.

The M.S. curriculum is designed as a two-year, post-B.S. degree program providing top-notch talent to the automotive industry and advanced engineering companies. 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.

Classes take place at Clemson’s state-of-the-art engineering facilities at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, South Carolina.

The M.S. curriculum is divided into four content areas:

Core Course
Technical Electives
Business Courses
Industrial or Deep Orange Internship


See below for a note on auditing courses.

12 credit hours (4 courses) normally, or 18 credit hours (6 courses) if enrolled in “Deep Orange”. Core Courses are designed to provide basic competencies that every student graduating out of the program should possess.  A list of core courses follows:

a)      AuE 8700 Automotive Business Concepts
b)      AuE 8810, 8811 Automotive Systems Overview
c)      AuE 8820, 8821 Systems Integration Methods (Required only if enrolled in Deep Orange)
d)      AuE 8830 Applied Systems Integration (Required only if enrolled in Deep Orange)

A minimum of 21 credit hours (7 courses), or 15 credit hours (5 courses) if enrolled in “Deep Orange”. Technical electives must be chosen to provide depth in a given track. At least 3 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:

i)     Vehicle Manufacturing and Materials
ii)    Vehicle Performance
iii)   Advanced Powertrains and Drivelines
iv)  Vehicle Electronics/Electrical Systems

This requirement is intended to prepare students to lead technological change as an independent entrepreneur or as an innovator within a complex organization. A minimum of 3 hours (one 3-credit course) in a business area. The AuE department offers a course called AuE 8030 Autovation I in the Spring semester at the CGEC.

Six credit hours (Respectively, as 8950 or 8900). 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. Deep Orange students are required to remain with Deep Orange for the entire six-month duration with no exceptions. Students are responsible for finding their own internships; the department does not have a placement program.

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.