MSE in Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering

About the Program

The automotive industry is rapidly evolving, with a focus on electrified and autonomous vehicles, new mobility solutions, lightweight materials, intelligent control systems, advanced design and manufacturing, and improved comfort and safety. To meet the emerging challenges, engineers need to expand their technical knowledge and skills in areas not covered by traditional engineering education.

Today, automotive engineers are expected to bring together diverse areas of knowledge for the benefit of the industry, society, and the environment. They need to have a strong foundation in their specialty field, a good understanding of related disciplines, proficiency in synthesis, analysis, and design, the ability to work well in a team environment, and a systems-based approach.

In response to these needs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a 30-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate degree program in Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering. The program, fully redesigned in 2023, offers updated courses and new concentration areas developed to address the latest trends in the automotive industry. Students have numerous opportunities to put their knowledge into practice through creative design and problem-solving.

This program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses. See the "Online Options" section below for more details.


Program Details

The 30-credit program consists of a required group of core courses (12 credits) and an elective concentration (18 credits), which will be reflected on the student's diploma and must be declared. The core provides a broad interdisciplinary understanding of automotive and mobility engineering, while the concentration can be selected from one of four areas: Vehicle Powertrain and Performance, Vehicle Design and Manufacturing, Vehicle Electrification, or Intelligent Vehicle Systems. For students with special interests not matched by any of these areas, a general study concentration is available. To gain hands-on engineering design or research experience, students can complete a capstone project or a master's thesis.

Almost all classes are offered as a combination of on-campus lectures scheduled Monday-Thursday from 6-9 PM and online asynchronous instruction. Classes are available in Fall (Sep-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr), Summer I (May-June) and Summer II (July-Aug) terms. Fall and Winter courses are held once a week and the Summer I and Summer II courses are held twice a week. 



The automotive and mobility systems engineering degree program consists of 30 credit hours and is made up of three components:

  • Core courses of (at least) 12 credit hours
  • Concentration courses of (at least) 18 credit hours
  • Capstone project (3 or 6 credit hours) or master’s thesis of 6 credit hours – optional as a part of concentration courses.

Area I: Core Area (12 credit hours)

The core is intended to provide unified graduate-level preparation in interdisciplinary topics.

It consists of two courses (six credit hours) of required core courses and at least two courses (six credit hours) of elective core courses based on the applicant’s background and concentration areas. One additional course (three credit hours) can be taken from the elective core courses, with credits applied to the concentration requirement.

Area II: Concentration Area 18 credit hours

The program offers several concentrations to meet the needs of the individual students.

Each student is required to declare one of the concentrations listed below. If one of the topic-based concentrations is selected, a student has to take at least four courses from concentration list. The other two courses can be taken from the selected concentration area, from another concentration area, or from the elective core courses (not more than one course).

Area III: Capstone Project/Thesis 6 credit hours

The student has the option of electing a master’s thesis (6 credit hours) or a capstone design project (3 or 6 credit hours) in lieu of coursework in the concentration area. Capstone project and thesis must be conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor. A thesis is an individual work leading to new knowledge. A capstone project can be individual or team work and, typically, is an effort to apply the knowledge acquired in the program’s courses to the solution of a real-life problem.

Program Contacts

Sherry Boyd

Administrative Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, and Graduate Programs Coordinator, Automotive Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Taehyun Shim

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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