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The Air Force Institute of Technology
Phone……………………………… (937) 255-6565
The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical, professional continuing education. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.
AFIT accomplishes this mission through three resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the Civil Engineer and Services School and the School of Systems and Logistics. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations. Since resident degrees were first granted in 1956, more than 17,500 graduate and 600 doctor of philosophy degrees have been awarded. In addition, Air Force students attending civilian institutions have earned more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the past 20 years.
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management
Phone……………………………… (937) 255-3636
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management is an academic institution devoted to the Air Force and other defense-focused organizations. Although the current mission statement is Air Force-centric, the Graduate School must recognize its broader educational role in national defense. The institution has enormous capabilities that extend beyond the Air Force to the other U.S. armed forces, allied armed services, and any federal agency involved with technical defense issues. Capitalizing on the Graduate School’s strengths and expertise to educate students belonging to these other organizations and successfully supporting their research needs will place AFIT and the Graduate School in a strong position as a quality graduate institution of choice.
The Graduate School enrolls over 700 full-time graduate students. The student body consists primarily of Air Force officers, but is rounded out by members of the other four U.S. Armed Services, international students from coalition countries, U.S. government civilians, and civilians (U.S. citizens) not affiliated with the government. Selection of officers for graduate education is fully funded by their service and is based upon outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential, and a strong academic background. Admission of nongovernment-affiliated civilians is based on academic preparation and requires U.S. citizenship.
The Graduate School offers 24 programs leading to the award of a master of science or master’s degrees and 13 programs leading to the award of the Ph.D. The programs are primarily in engineering and applied sciences with four programs in areas of management. The Graduate School also offers eight graduate certificate programs.
The Civil Engineer School
Phone……………………………… (937) 255-5654
The Civil Engineer School provides professional continuing education in engineering, environmental and services management subjects for military officers and civilians in the civil engineering and services career fields. The school offers more than 70 courses and seminars delivered in residence, on-site, by videotape and satellite presentations and through consultation services. More than 5,000 students worldwide receive education from the Civil Engineer School annually.
The School of Systems and Logistics
Phone……. (937) 255-7777, ext. 3164 or 3255
The School of Systems and Logistics is the sole provider of more than 100 professional continuing education courses in acquisition management, logistics management, contracting, systems management, software engineering, and financial management delivered to war-fighters around the globe via customer-focused delivery modes including resident, on-site, and online courses.
The Office of Civilian Institution Programs
Phone……………………………… (937) 255-3636
The Office of Civilian Institution Programs manages the graduate degree programs of more than 2,400 Air Force members in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations to meet the specific educational requirements of the Air Force. Additionally, this program arranges professional continuing education courses for approximately 3,600 Air Force personnel annually.
In addition to the schools, the Center for Systems Engineering is established at the Air Force Institute of Technology to promote education, training, research and consultation throughout the DoD in the best practices of systems engineering, systems architecture, evolutionary acquisition, risk management and total life cycle project management.
Some of the most accomplished engineers and scientists in Air Force history are AFIT alumni. Air Force pioneers General George Kenney, General Jimmy Doolittle and General Bernard Schriever attended AFIT programs prior to the time degrees were conferred. General Lawrence Skantze, who culminated his career as the commander of Air Force Systems Command, was one of the early degree graduates. Major General William Anders and fellow astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford also attained graduate degrees at AFIT.
The effects of AFIT’s educational programs pervade the Air Force and Department of Defense. Graduates are assigned to a wide range of positions in a rapidly changing technological environment. They become both practicing engineers and broadly educated leaders.
No matter what degree a student earns, AFIT’s primary goal is to graduate mission-ready men and women who can positively impact the Air Force.
As the scientific and technical capabilities of the Air Force continue to evolve, AFIT strives to maintain a corps of officers and other leaders who are prepared intellectually to harness these innovations and apply them so that our Air Force is prepared to conduct and sustain decisive operations. AFIT will continue to ensure that members of our force have the in-depth knowledge in military sciences and defense technologies needed to uphold the high standards of the most powerful aerospace force in the world. As the Air Force continues to excel in the challenges of the 21st century, AFIT stands poised to lead the way in meeting the educational needs of our Air Force and Department of Defense.