Automotive Engineering​

Our Automotive Engineering Master's Program Is at the Forefront of Technologies That Move the World

The field of Automotive Engineering encompasses the most technologically compelling advances in modern society. The opportunities for Automotive Engineering students and professionals to work at the forefront of technologies that will move the world in the coming years is unmatched. Within this field, breakthroughs in self-driving cars, hybrid electric vehicles, battery systems, and more will shape transportation, the environment, commerce, and public policy.

This degree can be completed fully online from almost anywhere in the world, or on-campus here in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Why the ISD Automotive Engineering Program?​

Experts in automotive engineering are poised to continue to develop innovations that will change society and address global problems, such as reducing our dependence on oil and our global carbon footprint through designing and building all-electric vehicles.

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Autonomous Vehicle at MCity

Lead the Future of Automotive Engineering

Building automobiles today and in the future involves possessing a critical set of integrative skills and thinking, such as the ability to understand how to trade off things like cost and function, crash safety, ride and handling, stress analysis, all from an integrative mindset.

My ISD education helped out a massive amount in my career. Every time I took an ISD class it was immediately applicable to what I was working on in my career. You can learn anything really fast and translate it into what is important.


Samuel Haberl, MEng ’19, Automotive Engineering

Chair, ISD Alumni Leadership Board

Product Manager, Our Next Energy

Professor Jim Freudenberg, Director of ISD’s Automotive Engineering program discusses the challenges facing today’s automotive engineer and how the University of Michigan’s multifaceted curriculum prepares graduates to work within this constantly evolving field.

Master’s Degree and Other Program Options

Master’s of Engineering in Automotive Engineering

With an emphasis on recent advances in engineering fundamentals and practice, this degree prepares students to be innovators who can address global problems in this technologically dynamic and compelling field.

Master’s of Engineering Admissions

Sequential Undergraduate / Graduate Study (SUGS)

Undergraduate students at the College of Engineering in Ann Arbor have the opportunity to speed their progress towards an ISD Master of Engineering degree through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS) program.

About Sequential Undergraduate / Graduate Study (SUGS)

U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP)

Students who receive an undergraduate BSE degree from the U-M – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Joint Institute (U-M SJTU) can also pursue an Integrative Systems + Design Engineering Master’s degree at U-M through the U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP).

About U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP)

Intersecting Industry Needs Through INCOSE Certification​

The Integrative Systems + Design Division offers the opportunity for students to achieve INCOSE certification. This academic equivalency allows U-M graduate engineering students to bypass taking the certification exam to become certified system engineers, a major benefit.

Learn More About INCOSE Certification

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Integrative Curriculum ​

In response to the uncertainty and volatility arising from the unprecedented evolution of the engineering field and its many industries, ISD collaborated with U-M’s world-renowned faculty and leading industry and government experts to revamp our curriculum.

View the Automotive Engineering Curriculum

Program Leadership


Arthur Hyde

Program Director, Automotive Engineering Program


James Freudenburg​​

Associate Director, Automotive Engineering Program

Get Help From a Graduate Coordinator


Ronda Hamilton​​

Graduate Coordinator, Automotive Engineering Program

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If you are interested in applying to our Automotive Engineering program, visit our Admissions page.


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