University of Michigan - Dearborn

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Automotive Systems Engineering


Fairlane Center South Room 168

4901 Evergreen Road, 2200 SSB

Dearborn, MI 48128

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The application of new materials, lightweight structures, vehicle safety and environmental regulations, hybrid vehicles, energy systems such as fuel cells, intelligent control systems, telematics, human-machine interactions, global manufacturing logistics, etc. is changing the automotive industry into a complex interdisciplinary system. Rapid changes in technology and the increasing technological sophistication needed to maintain global competitiveness are causing the automotive industry to encourage its workforce to advance their knowledge, skills, and expertise through graduate-level education and training. For many engineers, this means education beyond the master's degree and, more specifically, in the niche or specialized areas of emerging technologies that can best be offered through doctoral programs. This will allow the engineers to acquire advanced knowledge, enabling them to become technical leaders and technology developers in their own companies. This program is designed to meet the needs of engineers who intend to follow a career of technical specialists and serve as technical leaders, innovators and research mentors. It is a 50 credit hour postgraduate program and can be pursued either on a full-time or a part-time basis. The classes are held in the evenings for the convenience of working engineers. The areas of specialization available in the program include materials and materials processing, energy systems and thermal management, dynamics and controls, power electronics, vehicle design, manufacturing and systems integration, and vehicle informatics and communication.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

• Completed application form • Application fee ($60.00 for those who will be studying on an F or J visa) • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, and proof of secondary school completion (academic records) • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB) • Full Financial Support Information (Required for F and J Visa Students only) • Health Insurance • SEVIS DS-2019 Request Form (J Visa Students only) • Transfer Clearance document (required if student has a previous SEVIS I-20)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 50

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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