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Electrical Engineering: Distance Learning - Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Electrical Engineering: Distance Learning - Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Program Description

The distance learning Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC)-focused master’s degree in Electrical Engineering consists of nine online courses plus a master’s thesis. This ABET-accredited degree program is tailored for working professionals and is intended for government and contractor organizations in need of a GNC workforce development pipeline, with a special emphasis on positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) for military applications. Asynchronous online learning modules with intentional alignment between thesis research and day-to-day job responsibilities maximize the on-the-job relevancy, educational efficiency, and overall value of this program to the entire defense-focused PNT workforce.  

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: BS degree from an accredited institution

Mathematics Required: Ordinary Differential Equations

Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last 5 years)

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Academic Eligibility does not automatically result in program acceptance. This is contingent upon a number of factors, including available class space and coordination with AFIT faculty to determine thesis topic and research advisor assignments. Contact the Autonomy & Navigation Technology (ANT) Center at ant@afit.edu to learn more about program acceptance criteria.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

  • Breadth. Graduates apply foundational scientific concepts and sound engineering principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, Space Force, and DoD technological capabilities

  • Depth. Graduates are well-educated, highly-valued, and successful engineers and scientists

  • Teamwork. Graduates significantly contribute to technical interdisciplinary team projects

  • Professionalism. Graduates professionally communicate technical solutions and results

  • Lifelong Learning. Graduates continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning as professional engineers and scientists

Program Outcomes (POs):
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding in their specialty area within electrical engineering

  • Communicate technical information clearly by written and oral means

  • Conduct independent research on topics related to electrical engineering, including identifying and scoping a problem, locating and synthesizing relevant published prior work, planning and executing valid research, documenting results, and publishing them

  • Apply the scientific method and use reliable standards of evidence for conclusions reached

Distance Learning Director

Dr. David A. Woodburn

Degree Information

Degree Type: Master's


Delivery Method: Distance Learning


Degree Requirements

  • Core coursework (36 hours) 
  • Thesis research (12 hours)

Graduate School Catalog

Faculty Research Areas

  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING
  • ASTRODYNAMIC REENTRY
  • CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
  • GAME THEORY
  • IMAGE PROCESSING
  • MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • ORBITAL MECHANICS
  • SPACE SYSTEMS
  • SPACECRAFT DYNAMICS
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Air Force Institute of Technology
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