MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering

About the Program

The MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering program will be replaced by the new MSE program in Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering starting in the Fall 2023 semester. The updated program will advance our tradition of top-rate interdisciplinary education in the automotive engineering area to a new level. With a fully revised curriculum, the program will offer new courses on topics related to current industry interests and provide students with the opportunity to specialize in a selected concentration area. To find out more about the new program, visit the Automotive and Mobility Systems Engineering webpage.

For students currently enrolled in the MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering program or those who have been admitted for the Summer or Fall 2023 semesters, an email communication detailing available options will be sent. If you do not receive the email or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].


The automotive industry of the twenty-first century is advancing at a rapid pace with great emphasis on electrified and autonomous vehicles, lightweight structures, high-efficiency powertrains, intelligent control systems, robust design and manufacturing, as well as improved comfort and safety. To meet the challenges of the automotive industry, engineers are required to improve their technical knowledge and skills in a variety of topics that are beyond the realm of traditional engineering curricula. 

Today's automotive engineers are expected to make connections among different areas of knowledge and integrate them in ways that benefit the automotive industry, society and the environment. Automotive engineers must be well grounded in their own areas of specialty. They must also have a good understanding of the related disciplines, be skilled in synthesis, analysis and design, work effectively in a team environment, and adopt a 'systems' approach. 

In response to these needs, the College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a 30-credit-hour interdisciplinary graduate degree program leading to a master's degree in Automotive Systems Engineering. Many courses in this program are specifically designed to address the new and emerging technology in the automotive industry. Students in this program will not only learn about advanced technologies, but also how to apply them in practice for 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.

Get an Inside Look

Most of the tier one supplier companies are around here and the vast majority of our students come from these companies. We have experts in vehicle dynamics, powertrains, and ergonomics.

Program Details

The program provides depth in the area of automotive engineering, breadth across engineering disciplines of electrical, industrial, mechanical, manufacturing and materials engineering, and an opportunity to gain industrially relevant engineering design or research experience through a capstone project or a master's thesis.

Almost all classes are held Monday-Thursday, 6-9 PM. Classes are available in Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr), Summer I (May-June) and Summer II (July-Aug) terms. The Fall and Winter courses are held once a week and the Summer I and Summer II courses are held twice a week. 


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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4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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