Master of Science in Automotive Engineering

Engineer Your Future

What better place to hone your engineering skills than the automotive capital of the world? Founded on the site where Henry Ford perfected the moving assembly line, Lawrence Technological University has long played a significant role in advancing the region’s leadership in automotive engineering, and LTU graduates have been responsible for thousands of automotive innovations.

LTU’s Master of Science in Automotive Engineering is designed not only to develop your skills as an engineer, but also to help you gain a mastery of the entire vehicle. The program focuses on the automobile as a single system in which all components and component packages are sub-systems that cannot be altered without affecting the entire automobile. From strategic planning, design, and product engineering to manufacturing and engineering management, the Master of Science in Automotive Engineering can prepare you with the leadership skills needed to advance your career.

Geared toward graduates of accredited undergraduate mechanical or electrical engineering programs, this degree was developed to meet the needs of working professionals. Classes are conveniently offered in the evenings and the program can be completed in approximately two years. You also can choose between a coursework-only option or a thesis option, which consists of coursework and a thesis.

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In Spring 2018, I enrolled in LTU for the Master of Science in Automotive Engineering. Whether it is the Ridler Field House or a research lab, LTU has offered me every possible resource I needed to achieve my goals. During my first two semesters at LTU, I worked as a Research Assistant on two research projects and co-published one research paper in SAE. On one project, I used optical systems to monitor stress-strain relationship in I-section steel beams, allowing the determination of actual stresses & strains developed in beams under loading.

In another research project, I compared CT scan and digital shearography and developed a hybrid approach of testing voids in high pressure sustainable carbon fiber tubes

As a result of proper guidance and extremely helpful faculty members, I am now working full time and experiencing the benefits of versatile educational program I am enrolled in. I thank LTU for encouraging and helping me on every step of my career and I am grateful that I get a chance to be a proud “Blue Devil”. 

Himanshu Kolambe

Himanshu Kolambe
(MSAE, May 2020)

Your 30-credit-hour program consists of:

Core Courses 12
  EME 5153   Applied Thermodynamics 3
  EME 5213   Mechanical Vibrations
  EME 5223   Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
EME 5253 Engineering Analysis 1 3
Thesis or Electives
  EME 5103   Fasteners & Bolted Joints 3
  EME 5203   Design of Mechanical Joints 3
  EME 5433   Vehicle Dynamics 1 3
  EME 5453   Vehicle Crashworthiness 3
  EME 5573   Automotive HVAC 1
  EME 6103   Engineering Materials
  EME 6333   Body and Chassis Systems 3
  EMS 6343   Automotive Manufacturing 3
  EME 6353   Automotive Mechanical Systems 3
  EME 6363   Automotive Electrical Systems 3
  EME 6373   Powertrain Systems 1 - Engine Systems 3
  EME 6383   Powertrain Systems 2 - Transmissions
  EME 6473   Hybrid Electric Vehicles 3
  EME 6523   Combustion and Emissions 3
  EME 6623   Automotive Control Systems 1 3
EME 6913 Thesis 3
  EME 7433   Vehicle Dynamics 2

Educational Objectives

During the course of study, students are expected to: 

  1. Analyze, interpret, and develop advanced knowledge in automotive engineering principles and theories
  2. Effectively evaluate and communicate technical information
  3. Analyze, evaluate and/or create technologies in automotive engineering
  4. Understand the importance of lifelong learning and the impact of ethical issues and professional practices

Admission to the Master of Science in Automotive Engineering program requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. A bachelor of science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering (or equivalent) from an accredited (or equivalent) university (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  4. One letter of recommendation; preferably from an employer or professor.
  5. A resume, including professional experiences and extracurricular activities.

Applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for regular graduate admission may be considered for provisional admission by the Graduate Admissions Committee, provided they demonstrate an exceptionally high aptitude and promise for doing graduate work in this area and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. Applicants may be required to take the GRE examination and pass the TOEFL examination.

Additionally, the academic background of candidates will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. Students found deficient in a particular subject area are required to enroll in pre-core crossover courses before being allowed to enroll in some of the core program courses. No graduate credit will be granted for these courses.