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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Engineering, PhD

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Program Description

The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Automotive Engineering prepare a new generation of engineers to deal with the complex technological, environmental and globalization issues facing the automobile industry.

The big challenge facing the industry is the integration of diverse technologies in the automobile and its cost effective and environmentally responsible manufacture, all being done in a global network with people of different backgrounds and cultures. The Automotive Engineering programs equip students with the basis, depth and domain knowledge needed for master’s and doctoral-level expertise in systems integration and vehicle systems engineering and the ability to work globally. Graduates of the program are able to lead teams of culturally diverse individuals to produce an integrated automobile platform or to work in research laboratories involved with the design of new products in the automotive field. While the program is geared toward the automobile industry, it produces strong linkages with the aerospace and other industries within the state, region and nation as some of the challenges faced by the automotive industry are also faced in other sectors.


Students are admitted into the PhD program in the fall, spring and summer terms. Minimum admission requirements include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a recognized relevant engineering or science discipline. Students entering the program directly with a BS degree must meet the entrance requirements for the MS degree and have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in their undergraduate programs.

Program Requirements

Program requirements are as follows:

Automotive Technical Requirements

Students select a minimum of six credits from AUE courses in two of the following track areas: (1) Vehicle Manufacturing; (2) Vehicle Performance; (3) Advanced Powertrain; and (4) Vehicle Electronics.

Business or Related Field Requirement

Students select a minimum of three credits from business area courses. This requirment may be waived at the discretion of the student’s doctoral advisory committee.

Concentration Area Courses

Students select a minimum of nine credits from courses in a concentration area suitable to the student’s disseration work.


Students complete a minimum of 18 credits of dissertation work.


Students participate in a six-month internship in a research laboratory or other setting suitable to their research goals.

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