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Department of Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering Ph.D. Curriculum

Ph.D. students working with Dr. Prucka
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. To meet graduation requirements, you must write a dissertation consisting of original research integrating technical and other issues in the area of leadership, management and business, or related fields. You 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.

I want to start work on my Ph.D. as soon as I complete my bachelor’s degree.
I already have an M.S. from another program.
I have earned my M.S. in automotive engineering from Clemson.

Please see below for a note on auditing courses.

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with a Bachelor’s Degree

CORE COURSES
Nine credit hours (three courses)

AuE 880: Project management
AuE 881: Automotive systems overview
AuE 882: Systems integration methods.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAL ELECTIVES
A minimum of nine credit hours (three courses) from one of the following track areas, which include the following:

Vehicle Manufacturing and Materials
AuE 866 Materials for Automotive Applications
AuE 867 Vehicle Manufacturing Processes
AuE 877 Vehicle Lightweight Design
AuE 893 Quality Control for Automotive Systems

Vehicle Performance
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive (Powertrain) Control Systems
AuE 829 Tire Behavior and Performance
AuE 850 Stability and Safety Systems
AuE 886 Vehicle NVH
AuE 887 Methods for Vehicle Testing
AuE 893 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
ME 453/653 Dynamic Performance of Vehicles

Advanced Powertrains and Drivelines
AuE 816 Fundamentals of Engine Combustion and Emissions
AuE 817 Hybrid Propulsion Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive Powertrain Control
AuE 828 Fundamentals of Vehicle Drivelines and Powertrain Integration
AuE 893 Engine System Analysis, Design and Experimentation
AuE 893 Advanced IC Engine Concepts
AuE 893 Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Control

Vehicle Electronics/Electrical Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 893 Automotive Grounding and Shielding
Other related courses from electrical and computer engineering and/or computer science

COURSES IN BUSINESS OR RELATED FIELDS
Minimum of three credit hours (one course)  

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 three credit hours (one course) in a directed non-technical field. The course selection should be approved by the student’s advisory committee.

TECHNICAL MINOR COURSES
A minimum of nine credit hours (three courses)

These classes are to be chosen in a concentration area outside the chosen track area selected to meet the automotive technical electives requirement. See listing above. This is to be integrated in dissertation work. The purpose of the technical minor is to give the student breadth in the field.

OTHER TECHNICAL COURSES
A minimum of six credit hours (two courses)

Choice of courses depends on the discretion of the student’s advisory committee.

DISSERTATION
18 hours minimum
AuE 991 Doctoral Research

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT
Typically, a six-month residency at a research lab or university is required. However a final decision on this requirement is made by the student’s advisory committee based on the student’s prior experience and the importance of the internship experience to the student’s research agenda.
Detailed internship requirements are available in the current student section.  The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for finding internship opportunities for students.

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with an M.S. from Another Program

CORE COURSES
Nine credit hours (three courses)

AuE 880: Project management
AuE 881: Automotive systems overview
AuE 882: Systems integration methods.
If seemingly equivalent courses have already been taken, the requirement may be waived at the request of the student’s advisory committee upon establishment of course equivalency. Course equivalency must be certified by the Graduate Research Committee and approved by the department chair.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAL ELECTIVES
A minimum of six credit hours (two courses) from one of the following track areas, which include the following:

Vehicle Manufacturing and Materials
AuE 866 Materials for Automotive Applications
AuE 867 Vehicle Manufacturing Processes
AuE 877 Vehicle Lightweight Design
AuE 893 Quality Control for Automotive Systems

Vehicle Performance
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive (Powertrain) Control Systems
AuE 829 Tire Behavior and Performance
AuE 850 Stability and Safety Systems
AuE 886 Vehicle NVH
AuE 887 Methods for Vehicle Testing
AuE 893 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
ME 453/653 Dynamic Performance of Vehicles

Advanced Powertrains and Drivelines
AuE 816 Fundamentals of Engine Combustion and Emissions
AuE 817 Hybrid Propulsion Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive Powertrain Control
AuE 828 Fundamentals of Vehicle Drivelines and Powertrain Integration
AuE 893 Engine System Analysis, Design and Experimentation
AuE 893 Advanced IC Engine Concepts
AuE 893 Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Control

Vehicle Electronics/Electrical Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 893 Automotive Grounding and Shielding
Other related courses from electrical and computer engineering and/or computer science

COURSES IN BUSINESS OR RELATED FIELDS
Minimum of three credit hours (one course)       
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 three credit hours (one course) in a directed non-technical field. The course selection should be approved by the student’s advisory committee. If the student has already earned at least three credit hours in business courses, the committee may choose to waive this requirement.

TECHNICAL MINOR COURSES
A minimum of nine credit hours (three courses)
These classes are to be chosen in a concentration area outside the chosen track area selected to meet the automotive technical electives requirement. See listing above. This is to be integrated in dissertation work. The purpose of the technical minor is to give the student breadth in the field.

OTHER TECHNICAL COURSES
There is no minimum requirement.

DISSERTATION
18 hours minimum
AuE 991 Doctoral Research

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT
Typically, a six-month residency at a research lab or university is required. However a final decision on this requirement is made by the student’s advisory committee based on the student’s prior experience and the importance of the internship experience to the student’s research agenda.
Detailed internship requirements are available in the current student section.   The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for finding internship opportunities for students.

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Students with an M.S. in Automotive Engineering from Clemson

CORE COURSES
Requirement met while earning M.S. – no further requirement

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAL ELECTIVES
No requirement unless switching area of study. If so, select a minimum of six credit hours (two courses) from one of the track areas listed below.

Vehicle Manufacturing and Materials
AuE 866 Materials for Automotive Applications
AuE 867 Vehicle Manufacturing Processes
AuE 877 Vehicle Lightweight Design
AuE 893 Quality Control for Automotive Systems

Vehicle Performance
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive (Powertrain) Control Systems
AuE 829 Tire Behavior and Performance
AuE 850 Stability and Safety Systems
AuE 886 Vehicle NVH
AuE 887 Methods for Vehicle Testing
AuE 893 Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
ME 453/653 Dynamic Performance of Vehicles

Advanced Powertrains and Drivelines
AuE 816 Fundamentals of Engine Combustion and Emissions
AuE 817 Hybrid Propulsion Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 827 Automotive Powertrain Control
AuE 828 Fundamentals of Vehicle Drivelines and Powertrain Integration
AuE 893 Engine System Analysis, Design and Experimentation
AuE 893 Advanced IC Engine Concepts
AuE 893 Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Control

Vehicle Electronics/Electrical Systems
AuE 826 Vehicle Diagnostics
AuE 893 Automotive Grounding and Shielding
Other related courses from electrical and computer engineering and/or computer science

COURSES IN BUSINESS OR RELATED FIELDS
Requirement met while earning M.S. – no further requirement

TECHNICAL MINOR COURSES

A minimum of nine credit hours (three courses)
These classes are to be chosen in a concentration area outside the chosen track area selected to meet the automotive technical electives requirement. See listing above. This is to be integrated in dissertation work. The purpose of the technical minor is to give the student breadth in the field.

OTHER TECHNICAL COURSES
There is no minimum requirement.

DISSERTATION
18 hours minimum
AuE 991 Doctoral Research

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT
Typically, a six-month residency at a research lab or university is required. However a final decision on this requirement is made by the student’s advisory committee based on the student’s prior experience and the importance of the internship experience to the student’s research agenda.
Detailed internship requirements are available in the current student section.
The Department of Automotive Engineering is not responsible for finding internship opportunities for students.

Auditing Courses
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.

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