Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Automotive Engineering

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The graduate program in automotive engineering is offered through the Clemson University Department of Automotive Engineering. Students have the opportunity to study in depth, topics related to vehicle systems integration, advanced powertrains and drivelines including hybrid and electric configurations, manufacturing, vehicle performance, vehicle electronics/telematics, human/machine interface, connected vehicles, and vehicle-infrastructure interaction. Leadership, innovation and management skills in a global economy are emphasized in the program. The program offers courses of study leading to the MS and the PhD degrees in automotive engineering. The automotive engineering program seeks to develop in its graduates, strong engineering science-based skills coupled with a hands-on capability and practical knowledge using vehicular systems and sub-systems as platforms for intensive collaborative team projects as well as industry internships. Graduates of this program are highly marketable and sought after in both the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and automotive supplier sectors.

The automotive engineering program is located on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, SC, which houses several research and development centers of major automotive industrial partners (see Facilities for more information about CU-ICAR).

About the Program

Purpose and Objectives

For additional information, please refer to the program website for prospective students at http://www.clemson.edu/ces/automotive-engineering/students/prospective/index.html. For additional questions not covered by the website, please contact the program coordinator (Laine Mears).

Application Requirements

Applying

If you apply for admission into the graduate program in automotive engineering, you must meet the academic requirements for admission to the Clemson University Graduate School. In addition, post BS industrial experience in relevant engineering or science disciplines is considered favorable.

You may apply online at www.grad.clemson.edu/admission/. Applications for the MS program are only accepted during the fall semester. Students must apply by Jan. 15 to receive full consideration for both fall admissions and funding opportunities. The application window will remain open until April 30 but applications arriving after January 15 are subject to vacancies in the program. Applications for spring semester (PhD only) should be submitted by September 15. Please note that funding is limited and is awarded on a highly competitive basis.

For additional information please contact program coordinator (Laine Mears.) <mears@clemson.edu>

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Laine Mears)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

After being accepted, you may be offered support through a fellowship or assistantship as a graduate research assistant (GRA), graduate lab assistant or teaching assistant (GLA). A GRA is hired by a professor to work on that professor’s research project and assist the professor in related teaching duties. A GLA is hired to work as a lab instructor or lecturer. Graders are occasionally hired during each semester to help instructors in the evaluation of student work.

If you have an assistantship, you will be required to enroll for 12 hours each semester (typically three courses in addition to credit received for research).

Course of Study

Program of Study

MS: The curriculum is designed as a two-year post-BS 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 at the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center. See more on “Deep Orange” at  http://www.cuicardeeporange.com/.

PhD: There is no set time frame to complete the Ph.D. program; however, doctoral programs are typically completed in three-to-four years. Ph.D. students 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. To meet graduation requirements, students must write a dissertation consisting of original research integrating technical and other issues in the area of leadership, management and business, or related fields. Students must also complete a technical minor in an area of science or engineering outside the discipline and integrate it into your dissertation.

To learn more about the program requirements, click on the appropriate link below. 
Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with a Bachelor’s degre
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Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with an MS from another program 
Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with an MS in automotive engineering from Clemson.

Current Program

Facilities

The primary facility for the automotive engineering program is the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center (CGEC) located on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research(CU-ICAR) campus.

The CGEC is a 90,000 sq. ft. building that has specialized facilities targeting research activities in systems integration, design and development, and test and manufacturing for both passenger and heavy vehicles. The center’s test facilities include capabilities for full vehicle and engine/powertrain testing. Faculty, students, staff and industry partners are housed in the center. The building also has state-of-the-art conference facilities that host a variety of major automotive events. The center is located near the new High Performance Computing Center, specializing in modeling and numerical analysis of aerodynamics and acoustics, static and dynamic structures manufacturing, combustion and emissions. Access to a wide variety of other laboratories and facilities on Clemson’s main campus augments the student experience.

CU-ICAR is a 400-acre campus that will support the state’s efforts to build a regional automotive economic cluster, providing advanced engineering education and close linkage of academic and private sector research and development efforts. CU-ICAR is located at the midpoint of the Charlotte-to-Atlanta I-85 corridor, which is home to hundreds of automotive industries and suppliers and two-thirds of the nation’s racing teams.

CGEC equipments include: seven-Post Full Vehicle Shaker (shown), 500 150 HP hot engine testing cells, full vehicle coordinate measuring machine, fully equipped CNC machining lab.

Research

The Department of Automotive Engineering focuses its research in seven key areas including advanced powertrains, automotive systems integration, manufacturing and materials, vehicular electronics, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure integration, and human factors/HMI. Please visit http://www.clemson.edu/ces/automotive-engineering/research/index.html for information on the team, facilities, topics, and sponsors for each concentration area.

Program Coordinator

  • Laine Mears
  • 4 Research Drive, Suite 343
  • Phone: (864) 283.7229
  • Email: mears@clemson.edu

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English Language Studies

About ELS

Conditional language admission is offered to graduate candidates who have met all admission requirements except language proficiency. Students may meet language proficiency requirements through completion of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program.

Standardized Exam

The academic program reserves the right to require applicants admitted with conditional letters of admission (CLAs) to post adequate GMAT or GRE scores prior to matriculating into the program.