The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 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, space and cyber forces.
Help build America’s airpower, by educating military and civilian Airmen to innovatively accomplish the Air Force’s core missions, in support of joint operations, more effectively, efficiently, sustainably and affordably. We provide unique defense-focused, research-enabled, multi-disciplinary advanced academic education, as well as globally delivering career-long, action-based, functional professional continuing education, over a continuum of learning, on-command and on-demand. Our success is measured by the career-long contributions of our graduates, faculty and staff.
Be widely known, greatly respected and strongly supported as the Air Force’s premier institution for defense-focused advanced academic education programs and career-long, functional professional continuing education courses.
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AFIT accomplishes this mission through four schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the School of Systems and Logistics, the Civil Engineer School and the School of Strategic Force Studies. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations. Since graduate degrees were first granted in 1955, more than 18,760 Masters and 795 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 twenty years.
AFIT provides graduate and continuing education for over 28,000 students per year. Currently AFIT employs more than 3,200 military, faculty, staff and students who are assigned to over 400 duty locations worldwide in execution of the AFIT mission. In addition, AFIT develops strategic partnerships with DOD organizations, federal agencies, private industry and other academic institutions.
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 our students earn, AFIT's primary goal is to graduate mission-ready men and women who can positively impact the Air Force.
- The Graduate School of Engineering and Management, a Carnegie classified doctoral/research institution, is the sole degree-granting entity at AFIT. The Graduate School offers 24 research-based master’s degree programs, 14 Ph.D. programs, and eight graduate certificate programs with a typical enrollment of over 700 resident students and 120 students in distance learning programs. Being a graduate-only, research-based institution provides our students with desirable advantages including a more personalized educational experience with a student to faculty ratio of approximately 6:1 in master’s degree programs; academic programs with defense related focus; and research with real-world relevance. The school maintains a strong applied research component through our research centers, some of which have been nationally recognized by the Air Force and the Department of Defense. The Graduate School houses the following research centers: Autonomy and Navigation Technology Center, Center for Directed Energy, Center for Cyberspace Research, Center for Operational Analysis, Center for Technical Intelligence Studies and Research, OSD Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques in Test and Evaluation, and Center for Space Research and Assurance.
- The School of Systems and Logistics is the Air Force's provider of professional continuing education courses in the areas of data analytics, acquisition, logistics, systems and software engineering. With more than 100 courses and seminars, the school plans, develops and conducts courses and programs to satisfy the technical management educational needs of logistics, systems and acquisition customers from the Air Force, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. More than 20,000 students receive education from the School of Systems and Logistics each year.
The school currently offers Air Force courses ranging in length from two days to five weeks in the disciplines of acquisition management, logistics management, contracting, systems management, software engineering, data analytics and financial management. Courses are open to all DOD military and civilian personnel and DOD contractors. Courses are offered in-residence at Wright-Patterson AFB as well as on-site at locations across the CONUS and around the world and via distance learning resources to DOD students everywhere. The school is also the leader in web-based education for the acquisition and logistics workforce, providing the tools, skills and abilities to manage the entire spectrum of a systems life cycle.
- The Civil Engineer School provides vital, relevant and connected education that enables Airmen to be ready engineers and great leaders who know how to build sustainable installations to last while leading the change for the Civil Engineer career field. The school’s professional continuing education courses are designed to meet the specific needs of thousands of civilians, military and contractors in the Air Force and joint services. The Civil Engineer School provides technical engineering, environmental, asset and engineering management and expeditionary focused instruction to reach a world-wide audience through resident courses, on-sites and distance learning to include satellite, internet and video teleconferences at global Air Force installations. Additionally, the school provides the initial skills for all newly commissioned civil engineer officers and newly hired civilians.
- The School of Strategic Force Studies manages the overall execution of space, nuclear and cyber continuing education. The National Security Space Institute, located at Peterson AFB, Colorado, provides the responsive and relevant professional continuing education component of the DOD’s various space professional development programs. Primarily serving the Air Force Space Command, the school also supports sister services, some unified commands, space-dependent military agencies and select allied nations. NSSI graduates, numbering more than 800 each year, gain a unique understanding of the vital role space-based weapons systems and their operators play in the joint fight at both the operational and strategic levels of war.
AFIT’s Nuclear College, located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, provides a comprehensive nuclear professional continuing education program to develop Airmen in the nuclear enterprise with an enhanced understanding and knowledge of nuclear deterrence and assurance along with the critical thinking skills needed to meet the nuclear deterrence and assurance challenges of the 21st century. Approximately 3,000 nuclear professionals have attended our in-resident nuclear courses since 2008. The nuclear college has reached over 6,000 additional personnel throughout the Air Force, DOD and other government agencies with its mobile training team-delivered nuclear enterprise orientation and nuclear certification process-related courses.
- The Civilian Institutions Program manages more than 2,300 Air Force members enrolled in graduate and professional programs at civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations to meet the specific educational requirements of the Air Force through its Civilian Institution Programs Office.
On November 10, 1919, Col. Thurman Bane received authorization to begin instruction at the Air School of Application. The following year, the first class of nine students graduated from the newly named Air Services Engineering School. Now, almost 100 years later, the Air Force Institute of Technology has awarded almost 20,000 degrees and more than 750,000 people have gone through our continuing education courses.
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. Major General Donald Lamberson, considered the “Father of High-energy Laser Weapons,” earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at AFIT. Several astronauts have earned degrees from AFIT including Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper – chosen as part of NASA’s Mercury Seven –and Colonel Guy Bluford, the first African-American in space.
Looking toward its 100th year of operation, AFIT’s premier education and research are even more important and relevant today as we shape the ever changing world of aviation, space and cyberspace technology. The future promises to be even more challenging than the past, and AFIT is prepared to continue to deliver world-class defense-focused and research-enabled graduate education, professional continuing education, research and consultation in air, space and cyberspace to sustain the technological supremacy of America's Air, Space and Cyber Forces.
(Current as of September 2017)