MS in Engineering - Motorsports Major
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.
Students enrolled in the program are expected to complete 30 credit hours of motorsports related coursework in the areas of vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics, composites, materials, performance engines, data acquisition, design and analysis, program management, and simulation. In addition, students in thesis track are expected to work with a motorsports faculty in experiential learning opportunities working on real racecars culminating in the completion of a 9-credit hour MS Thesis Project. For more details please consult the Motorsports Graduate Handbook here:
Graduates are conferred the Purdue University Master of Science degree on successful completion of the program requirement. Those who excel and demonstrate a willingness to learn and the desire and commitment to develop the skills necessary to be successful engineers or professionals will be well-equipped to find jobs working on a race team or for a business within the motorsports industry supporting race teams.
Research & Facilities
The IUPUI Motorsports program has three laboratories dedicated to race car fabrication, assembly, and development. The Motorsports Program has been involved in the design and fabrication of successful racecars using the talents and skills of both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology was recently awarded $1.15 million to aid Dallara, the manufacturer of all cars competing in the IndyCar series in developing the world’s most advanced vehicle simulator. The IUPUI-Dallara D3 driving simulator project represents the expansion of research and development efforts in motorsports.
Unique Qualities and Strengths
There are no other university programs in the nation which train graduate and undergraduate students specifically for careers in the motorsports industry through design, fabrication, assembly, and competition of actual racing vehicles. IUPUI is uniquely placed to offer both graduate and undergraduate studies in motorsports. Our Motorsports Program has access privileges to the Indycar Factory, a world-class Speedway, real racing cars, and the annual world-reknowned Indy 500 race event in the city – all for the training, education, and professional development of our students.
Our Motorsports program designed a successful new Top Fuel racecar chassis for Don Schumacher Racing which set a world speed record.
Our Motorsports students have developed and campaigned successful racing cars that have won multiple championships in Sports Car Club of American competition.
- Successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution.
- Minimum 3.00 GPA (or equivalent to overall “B” grade).
Application and Contacts
Visit the School of Engineering and Technology Graduate Programs Office website for information and directions to apply for admission.
To apply for graduate admission, click here.