Each year the Air Force offers a number of advanced academic degree (AAD) opportunities to qualifying officers. These opportunities are referred to as academic program “quotas.” Quotas are established by the Air Force Education Requirements Board (AFERB) and advertised through the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC). These quotas are tied to AAD billeted positions. Air Force officers compete for these opportunities by application through their AFPC functional/assignments team.
Names of officers selected for degree programs that are not offered in residence at the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management at Wright-Patterson AFB OH will be forwarded to the AFIT Civilian Institution Programs (CIP) Office for school placement at select civilian universities nationwide or at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. Air Force AAD requirements may vary year-to-year. The following academic areas are typical Air Force required degrees that are offered each year, approved by the AFERB, and managed through the AFIT CIP office: biology, chemistry, civil engineering, contracting management, criminology, economic crime, foreign area studies, mass/visual communications, meteorology, services specialites (e.g., fitness/recreation, food svc, hotel/club management), strategic purchasing, systems management, and other areas required by the Air Force that are not offered through an AFIT in-resident program.
View the AFIT Officer Newsletter for information on quotas, eligibility, and application guidance.
Your respective AFPC assignment team will advertise AFERB-approved AFIT education opportunities to your career field. Several career fields may be combined in a single message from AFPC, for example:
SUBJECT: DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM (DT) SPECIAL PROGRAM SELECTION; PASS TO ALL 13S / 14N / 21X / 31P / 32E / 33S / 34M / 35P / 36X / 38M / 61S / 62E / 63A / 64P / 65F / 71S OFFICERS. SUSPENSE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15 JUN 200X.
Officers interested in pursuing an Air Force-sponsored advanced academic degree program will need to follow AFPC application guidance. In most cases, interested officers will be required to update their Airman Development Plan (ADP) indicating their academic desires and submit an AF Form 3849 along with any additional supporting documentation, if requested, to their AFPC assignment officer. Interested officers should visit the AFPC web site for information on AFIT opportunities available for their career field.
Note 1: Officers applying for non-resident AFIT programs do not require a letter of academic eligibility from AFIT. Visit the FY09 Newsletter link for guidance on NPS eligibility.
Note 2: Most civilian universities will require graduate student applicants to have recent GRE and/or GMAT scores (within the last 5 years). Officers who have not taken the GRE and/or GMAT within the past 5 years should plan to take/re-take the test. As general guidance only, an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher and GRE scores of 500V/600Q for technical programs and 500V/500Q for non-technical programs are adequate to get admitted to an acceptable graduate school. Visit the FY09 Newsletter link for guidance on GRE requirements for the NPS.
Officers will be notified of their selection through AFPC and unit commander. AFIT is not involved in the selection process for prospective students. After your development team selects AFIT students, AFPC will notify AFIT of an officer’s selection for an advanced education opportunity by inputting the officer’s name into the Air University Education Management System database (AUREPM). The AFIT Admissions Office will routinely check AUREPM for names of new selectees that AFPC has placed INWORK. If the academic program is not offered in residence at AFIT, then AFIT Admissions will forward the selected officer’s name to the Civilian Institution Programs office for school placement either at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA or at an appropriate civilian institution. Officers will generally be informed of their selection for an AFIT program well before AFIT is aware of their selection and their name has been loaded into AUREPM.
Once selection has been confirmed through AUREPM and an officer’s name has been forwarded to AFIT CIP, the selected officer will be loaded into the CIP database. Once the officer has been loaded into the CIP database they will be able to log into the Student Information section of this web site for additional guidance and in-processing.
Officers selected for a non-resident AFIT program will be placed at the Naval Postgraduate School if NPS offers the degree. Civilian institutions will be utilized when neither AFIT or NPS offers the required degree or other Air Force needs dictate using a civilian institution.
Officers interested in AAD quotas that go to NPS should submit an NPS online application for prescreening and eligibility. This should be done as soon as the officer decides they want to apply for an AAD opportunity to allow time for NPS prescreening and sending of required documents (transcripts, GRE scores). The application can be found at http://www.nps.edu/Admissions/index.html, click on the Apply On-line link. NPS requires 100 semester hours of graded college course work which can be a mix of undergraduate and graduate. For general information on NPS admissions requirements, visit http://www.nps.edu/Admissions/AdmissionRequirements.html.
For officers selected to attend a program offered at NPS, the appropriate AFIT CIP program manager (PM) will prepare an NPS admissions package on the officer confirming AF sponsorship/funding. NPS Admissions will process the application according to their procedures and notify the AFIT CIP PM of the acceptance decision as soon possible. This process is speeded up if the officer has already been prescreened by NPS. Once accepted by NPS, the AFIT CIP PM will prepare reporting instructions (AFIT Form 9) on the officer and forward to AFPC. AFPC will then load the assignment and instructions will flow to member’s servicing MPF. The member’s MPF will provide an assignment RIP and begin the orders process (PCS orders to school are not cut at AFIT).
Officers selected for an academic specialization that is not offered in-residence at AFIT or at the NPS will be placed at an acceptable civilian institution. Placement at a civilian institution MUST be coordinated between the selected officer and the AFIT CIP PM as soon as possible after notification of selection. Selected officers must not assume they can attend any civilian institution of their choosing. Several factors must be considered by your PM (academic degree compatible with AF requirements, cost, Education Service Agreement established, etc.) and AFIT CIP has final say on student placement at a civilian institution. After coordinating with the CIP PM on acceptable civilian institutions, the member will need to formerly apply to school following the school’s formal application procedures. To help ensure acceptance, members will typically apply to at least three schools. If an officer applies to only one civilian school and is not accepted, there may not be adequate time to apply to additional schools and the member could lose their AFIT slot. Once the member receives a formal offer of acceptance from a civilian institution approved by the AFIT PM, the member should fax or scan/email a copy of the official acceptance letter to the AFIT CIP PM. The PM will review the acceptance letter and let the member know if they are cleared to accept the offer. If offer is approved, the PM will then prepare reporting instructions (AFIT Form 9) on the officer and forward to AFPC. The member will be able to view their AFIT Form 9 on-line from the Student Sign-In area once it has been completed. AFPC will load the assignment and instructions will flow to member’s servicing MPF. The member’s MPF will provide an assignment RIP and begin the orders process (PCS orders to school are not cut at AFIT).
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