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, 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 School of Systems and Logistics, and the Civil Engineer and Services School. 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 twenty years.
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers doctor of philosophy and master's degrees in aeronautical engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, astronautical engineering, computer engineering, computer systems, electrical engineering, electro-optics, materials science, nuclear engineering, operations research, systems engineering. The graduate school also offers master's degrees in applied computing, C4I systems, cost analysis, engineering management, environmental engineering and science, information resource management, logistics management, operations analysis, research and development management, space systems, strategic leadership. In addition, the school offers a Master of Mobility Management degree in partnership with the Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
The School of Systems and Logistics is the Air Force's sole provider of professional continuing education courses in the areas of acquisition, logistics, and software engineering. With more than 80 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 four weeks in the disciplines of acquisition management, engineering management, and sustainment. It 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 professional continuing education in engineering, environmental, and management subjects for military officers and civilians in the civil engineering career field. 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.
Civilian Institution Programs (CIP) 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 1,800 Air Force personnel annually.
In addition to the schools, the Air Force 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.