The Master's in Automotive Systems Engineering program is recommended for individuals with a passion for automobiles and a desire to advance their career in this industry. With the skills they'll gain from earning this degree, graduates can take on leadership roles overseeing complex projects in the automotive industry.

This M.S. in Automotive Systems Engineering degree helps students with a mechanical engineering background to take the next step in specializing their skills. Graduates can expect to learn a variety of advanced topics that will help them stand out as the automotive field evolves through new technology and industry practices.

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, we focus on teaching through real-world experiences, hiring industry leaders to share their expertise with students. Rather than only studying theories, students will be challenged through hands-on projects and advanced assignments to graduate with an advanced skill-set and inside knowledge of the automotive industry. To accommodate the schedule and goals of our students, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers all courses online to allow for distance learning, as well as part-time and full-time tracks. This allows students to continue to work while pursuing their education along with pursuing their degree at the right pace for them.

While the curriculum covers various subjects that will prepare students for career opportunities and advancement, some common topics include:
  • Systems Design
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics Applications
  • Engineering Analysis Tools
Engineering (includes Automotive Systems, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical):
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related field with a minimum GPA of 2.7 for all undergraduate work taken for a baccalaureate degree. 
  • All GPAs are based on a 4.0 point scale and are cumulative including all undergraduate courses completed; the last two years of undergraduate coursework are equivalent to approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours.

Completed application on University Of Tennessee Chattanooga's website

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (even those from whom transfer credits were earned) to UTC's Graduate School.

To expedite the receipt of official transcripts, UTC recommends the use of an electronic transcript submission service such as:

If mailing official transcripts, they must be mailed directly from the institution to:

  • The Graduate School
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Department 5305
  • 615 McCallie Avenue
  • Chattanooga, TN 37403
Application Fee

Pay a $35 one-time, non-refundable application fee ($40 for international student applications). This fee is paid when completing the online application.

International Students

International student applicants (not U.S. born or naturalized citizens) have additional application requirements detailed in the International Student Application Guide on the UTC International Student Services Office web site.

Note: International student applicants must submit admission materials to the UTC International Student Services Office.


33-36 Credit Hours

In-State:  $18,200-$22,400
Out-of-State:  $19,700-$24,100

Tuition Subject to Change

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.