- Undergraduate degree:
GA - Degree requires an appropriate undergraduate engineering degree (Astronautical, Aeronautical, Aerospace, or Mechanical for example). This must include calculus through differential equations, 1 year of calculus based physics, a chemistry course, and a computer programming course. ABET accredited degrees will meet these requirements. Exceptional students may be admitted who have other degrees, but who have a minimum of 36 quarter hours of engineering science and design coursework.
GSS – A bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline, systems engineering, science, or mathematics. Two years of math up through differential equations and one year of calculus based physics.
- Undergraduate Mathematics Courses Required: Calculus (I-III), Ordinary Differential Equations
- Test Required: GRE – 153V/148Q (within the past five years)
- GPA Required: Overall – 3.0; Mathematics – 3.0; Major – 3.0
Please refer to AFIT’s Master’s Degree Eligibility for additional information.
*Waivers to the above criteria are sometimes granted, and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria but feel they should be given additional consideration due to other potential qualifying factors are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Center at 937-255-6565 x4753 for additional information.
*Military personnel, international officers, and civilians who apply to AFIT for full-time graduate study under the sponsorship (full pay and allowances) of a military service or Government organization, but fail to meet the criteria above may be admitted by the faculty in the appropriate department. Please refer to AFIT’s Master’s Degree Eligibility for additional information.
Air Force quota students normally enter as a class in September and are scheduled to graduate after 18 months of study (AFIT’s annual commencement ceremony is held in March of each calendar year). Program entry date and length may vary for other students.
In addition to the requirements above, there are several academic documents required before AFIT can evaluate your acceptability for admission to an AFIT graduate program:
- An official transcript from every college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate) is required. Copies are not acceptable for admissions evaluation.
*If you were an active duty Air Force officer or prior AFIT graduate school student, then AFIT may have your transcripts on file. Your admissions counselor will advise you of your records and what official transcripts are required.
- GRE test scores are also required. During the testing session, applicants can have test scores sent directly to AFIT. The graduate school code for AFIT Admissions Office: 1827.
*Active duty service members are eligible for reimbursement of each examination one time and should also contact their education office for reimbursement procedures and for additional information about both tests.
Full-time thesis students will attend the short course review before the start of the quarter to help you become familiar with the department faculty and the research topics available. Due to a shortage of students needed to perform funded research, you may be required to select a funded topic. The time to make your selection of a thesis advisor is during the first quarter.
You must submit a topic selection statement signed by your advisor and yourself by the end of the fourth week of the second quarter.
For more information, please refer to page 68 of the Department Blue Book
Students pursuing an MS or Ph.D in Astronautical Engineering or Space Systems by the USAF, USSF, or other military/DoD organizations in a fully-sponsored capacity to pursue a degree, incur no financial liability concerning tuition.
All other students are responsible for their financial obligations, including tuition. Please visit AFIT’s Tuition & Financial Aid for additional information.
Although individuals may attend as either a full-time or part-time student; because tuition is DoD sponsored, each student must adhere to their sponsor’s requirements for attending AFIT.
At this time, only the Space Systems certificate has the option of being completed via DL.
The GA and GSS MS/Ph.D programs, as well as the Space Vehicle Design Certificate, are instructed via hands-on learning, or “in-residence.” Thus, students assigned to AFIT (or WPAFB) as either a full-time or part-time student must attend classes in person.
For prospective students that meet eligibility requirements and are interested in applying to AFIT, please complete an “Application for Admissions to AFIT” at the link below. It is recommended that individuals submit their application at least three months prior to the date they wish to enroll. For more information about the admissions process, please visit AFIT’s Office of Admissions page.
Since CSRA does not process student applications, it is also recommended that applicants contact the Center (937-255-6565 ext. 4753) once an application is submitted so we can further assist with the process and answer any inquiries you may have as your application is being processed.
Application link: https://www.afit.edu/apply.cfm
MS, PhD, and Certificate seeking students can request AFIT Network Access by completing a Form 35 (see instructions and link below).
**NOTE: Non-degree seeking students will not be given access to Web Advisor but may request network access for email and departmental folders.**
**Please be aware email accounts can take up to 14 days to be complete**
1.) Complete the form 35 (see instructions below)
2.) Confirm form was received. Please email email@example.com and to confirm form was received AND request a Microsoft Teams account.
3.) Once email account is created, please login ASAP to a computer with your CaC in the AFIT library or any available student computer to activate account or it will be deactivated within 10 days of activation.
4.) For issues with logging on to the network once an account is created, please call AFIT SC: 937-255-6565 x4357 option #4
5.) Once you have network access, please follow/complete email instructions/checklist from AFIT SC ASAP to ensure account remains active within the first 10 days of creation.
FORM 35 INSTRUCTIONS
You MUST have/use a CAC to complete this process.
Use ONLY your email certificate when logging in to fill out the form 35.
It will NOT work if you are using a cell phone or tablet or if you’re logged into a NIPR network or on VPN.
When the form 35 is completed successfully, you will get a “THANK YOU “in the top right hand corner.
Registration for an upcoming quarter starts on the Monday of week six of the current quarter and ends on Friday of week one of the new quarter. Class offerings can be found under the AFIT “Online Course Schedule”
For resident students wanting to register using Web Advisor, an AFIT Network account is required. Web Advisor is an internal program that can be accessed by using VDI or an on-site computer on the AFIT campus.
Please refer to “Once I become a student, how do I get access to the AFIT network?” FAQ for further instructions for obtaining access to the AFIT network.
Please send additional questions about Network accounts to firstname.lastname@example.org
**NOTE: Non-degree seeking students will not be given access to Web Advisor but may request network access for email and departmental folders Please see “Once I become a student, how do I get access to the AFIT network?” FAQ for more information.**
Registration for an upcoming quarter starts on the Monday of week six of the current quarter and ends on Friday of week one of the new quarter. Class offerings can be found under the AFIT “Academic Calendars” https://www.afit.edu/ENER/calendars.cfm?page=
Please submit the “AFIT Registration Form” and email the completed form to the Registrar's office AFITENERegistrar@afit.edu
Please follow the instructions at the link below to complete the “AFIT Registration Form” and email the completed form to the Registrar's office AFITENERegistrar@afit.edu
In general, for degree and certificate programs, per AFIT school policy, prospective students must have:
- a 3.0 cumulative GPA in a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country.
- Meet or exceed grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
- GRE - 153 verbal/148 quantitative. GMAT - at least 550.
Please see individual degree and certificate programs below for specific department admissions requirements:
Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering (GA): https://www.afit.edu/ENY/programs.cfm?a=view&D=3
Masters of Science in Space Systems Engineering (GSS): https://www.afit.edu/ENY/programs.cfm?a=view&D=6
Graduate Certificate Program in Space Systems: https://www.afit.edu/ENY/programs.cfm?a=view&D=8
Graduate Certificate Program in Space Vehicle Design: https://www.afit.edu/ENY/programs.cfm?a=view&D=73
Doctoral Progams: https://www.afit.edu/ENY/programs.cfm?a=list&b=D
Any acredited B.S. degree, but courses are designed for students with a science or engineering undergraduate degree. A calculus-based physics course and a course in dynamical systems (circuits or engineering dynamics) is also required. Students who do not have this background will have significant struggles in the required classwork, as it is assumed by all instructors.
For other (non-academic) requirements, please see the AFIT/ENY Department Brochure (Blue Book), which may be found here: AFIT / Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
GPA Required: Overall - 3.0, Mathematics - 3.0, Major- 3.0
Test Required: None
For active duty Air Force and Space Force personnel, complete the application on the AFIT website. For certificate programs, you should apply to AFIT using the website as “non-degree seeking”:
This will result in a determination by AFIT of Academic Eligibility for the degree program(s) you are interested in. If you are determined to be eligible, you should work through your personnel center to get assigned to AFIT as a student and begin your degree program as a full time student. If you are determined to be ineligible at this time, the notification will often include instructions for remedial action to bring you up to the eligible standard. Most often, this involves taking undergraduate or graduate courses at a local college or university.
AFIT school policy for admissions:
- Prospective students must meet or exceed a cumulative 3.0 in a bachelor's degree program from a regionally accedited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree in another country.
- GRE - 153 verbal/148 quantitative. GMAT - at least 550.
For the space certificate, additional pre-reqs for admissions to the program include a minium of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in ordinary differential equations and calculus.
If required undergraduate courses weren’t completed/GPA wasn’t reached, it is recommended students complete equivalent undergraduate courses through a local university or community college to fulfill this requirement/and/or raise their GPA.