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Master of Science in Motorsport Engineering

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Master of Science in Motorsport Engineering

The M.S. Degree in Engineering (MSE) Motorsports Engineering Major is applicable for either students seeking additional motorsport industry training immediately after completion of their bachelor's degree in an engineering program or for industry professionals wishing to resume their studies to complete a master's degree. The Motorsports Major provides an integrated experience in motorsports with emphasis on race engineering. Students pursuing the Motorsports Major may choose from a course only (non-thesis) option or thesis option requiring a research thesis in an area related to the motorsports industry. Both options require 30 credit hours. The non-thesis program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, and the thesis program requires a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work in addition to an acceptable research thesis (9 credit).

Our motorsports faculty members and instructors are current or recent practicing engineers from the motorsports industry who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of the latest technology and advancement in the field. Recent instructors have worked for such recognized motorsports teams as Andretti Autosport, Penske Racing, and the Toyota Formula One team.

The program provides students with a combination of theoretical, technical, as well as hands-on learning experiences. With training and support from our faculty members and instructors students learn classroom engineering fundamentals supporting motorsports designs, skills in computer modeling and analysis, designing actual components for a racing vehicle, and hands-on opportunities working on actual racing cars and karts.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (or equivalent to overall “B” grade).
  • GRE.

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Program content

Required Mathematics for MSE-MSTE

  • Applied Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I

Core Courses for MSTE

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Motorsports Aerodynamics
  • Motorsports Simulations
  • Composite Materials for Automotive Applications
  • Design and Analysis of Materials and Structures in Lightweight Vehicles
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
  • Advanced Motorsports Aerodynamics
  • Design, Analysis and Experimental Characterization of Advanced Composite Materials
  • Advanced Motorsports Simulations

Recommended Electives

  • Advanced Mathematics: Engineering and Physics II
  • Automotive Controls
  • Selected Topics in Motorsports Engineering
  • Motorsports Engineering Projects
  • Motorsports Advanced Internship
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Advanced Vibrations
  • Advanced Materials

Related-area mathematics courses for both tracks

  • Applied Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers I
  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering and Physics II
  • Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems I


  • Research MS Thesis

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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