Some of the top automotive schools renowned worldwide are the University of Michigan, Kettering University, Cornell University, the University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Polytechnic, the University of California at Davis and Clemson University. Other top automotive schools include Texas A&M University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The University of Michigan offers a master's degree in automotive engineering with the completion of a B.S.E. mechanical engineering degree as a prerequisite. The university's automotive degree program includes engineering fundamentals, knowledge of modern automotive systems, and practical experience in team-based projects to understand product and process development.
Formerly known as General Motors Institute, Kettering University offers a master's degree in automotive engineering. The program includes engine design, transmission design and chassis design. While Cornell does not offer a specific major in automotive engineering, it is an eight-time champion of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition. Virginia Polytechnic is also a regular participant in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers championships, and it is the leading institution of the U.S. car racing industry in North Carolina.
The University of Texas at Austin offers an automotive engineering program that gives students both hands-on experience and theoretical instruction. Clemson University has a department of automotive engineering specifically designed to emphasize the automotive aspect of engineering. It has produced the United States' first Ph.D. in automotive engineering, Dr. John Limroth. It has also produced the United States' first female Ph.D. in automotive engineering, Dr. Ala Qattawi.