The Civilian Institutions Program Office manages the largest part of AFIT's advanced academic education enterprise. Approximately 1,900 students are enrolled in a variety of health profession programs (e.g., medical, dental, nursing, biomedical, etc.) and another 500 line, legal and chaplain officers are enrolled in various programs at leading civilian universities and research centers. The office also manages the Air Force's Education With Industry (EWI) program, through which about 40-50 military and civilian Airmen annually spend a year with companies to learn industry best-practices and bring those practices back to the Air Force.
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management is a nationally-recognized, Carnegie-classified High Research Activity doctoral institution. It is the sole degree-granting entity at AFIT. The Graduate School currently offers 24 research-based, STEM master's degree programs, 14 Ph.D. programs, and 15 graduate certificate programs. It maintains a typical enrollment of over 650 in-residence students and about 220 students in various non-resident programs. As a graduate-only, research-based institution, the Graduate School provides its students with several significant advantages, including a more personalized educational experience, with a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 4:1; academic programs with a defense-related focus; and research on high-priority defense problems. The Graduate School maintains a strong applied-research focus through its eight multi-disciplinary research centers. The Graduate School is also the home of the Office of the Secretary of Defense sponsored Center for Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques in Test and Evaluation, which supports more than 40 major acquisition programs in all four military services. All of AFIT's research is sponsored by external organizations and is often done in partnership with other leading research universities, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other national laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and both large and small defense industry companies.
The Civil Engineer School offers Professional Continuing Education (PCE) courses designed to educate future Air Force engineers to provide a steady flow of competent engineers for the Air Force.
The School of Strategic Force Studies includes two continuing education schools, one continuing education department, and one distance learning department responsible for developing Airmen who thrive in a multi-domain security environment defined by rapid technological change. 2,600 mid-to-senior level students graduate annually in nuclear deterrence strategy, Nuclear Command and Control Communications (NC3) education, and cyberspace operations.
AFIT LS is the Air Force's designated provider of Professional Continuing Education (PCE) courses in Acquisition Management, Systems Engineering, Financial Management, Software Engineering and Logistics Management.