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Air Force Institute of Technology

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1919
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Military, federal
    • Specialization:
    • Air Force 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 2950 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, United States, 45433
    • Phone:
    • +19372556565
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Air Force Institute of Technology 

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is a graduate school and provider of professional and continuing education for the United States Armed Forces and is part of the United States Air Force. It is located in Ohio at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton. AFIT is a component of the Air University and Air Education and Training Command. Founded in 1919 and degree-granting since 1954, the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. AFIT is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Dayton, Ohio. Dayton's heritage and industrial base in aeronautics and aviation, coupled with the close proximity to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) provide a scientific and engineering research and educational experience focused on producing future leaders of the Air Force. 

Academic Highlights

The Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers graduate programs leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in engineering, applied science, and management disciplines. 

The School of Systems and Logistics teaches more than 80 professional continuing education courses in acquisition management, logistics management, contracting, systems management, software engineering, and financial management delivered to warfighters around the globe via customer focused delivery modes including resident, on-site, and online courses. 

School of Strategic Force Studies provides undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education and research to worldwide students at the Air Force's Nuclear College, Kirtland Air Force Base National Security Space Institute, Peterson Air Force Base and via part-time enrollments at civilian universities (including Harvard, Stanford, King's College London, AFIT, Naval Postgraduate School, and others). It manages manage overall execution of space and nuclear continuing education develop, coordinate, maintain, update and teach curriculum coordinate scheduling of courses and distinguished guest instructors.

Life in Air Force Institute of Technology 

School Ranking


Applicants who meet the following standard entrance criteria are considered fully qualified and can immediately enter a master's degree program. Applicants who meet these criteria have the potential to successfully complete a master's degree program in the nominal time of 18 months. Waivers of some criteria can be granted on an individual basis.

  • Hold an appropriate 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 3.00 based on a 4.00 scale.
  • Submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), as applicable to the program requested. The recommended GRE scores are at least 153 verbal (500 for GRE taken prior to 1 August 2012) and 148 quantitative (600 for GRE taken prior to 1 August 2012) and the recommended GMAT score is at least 550.

Notable Alumni

  • George W.S. Abbey – Former Director of the Johnson Space Center
  • Brigadier General Russell J. Anarde, USAF, Ret
  • Captain Milburn G. Apt – The first pilot to achieve Mach 3
  • General George T. Babbitt, Jr. - retired United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command 
  • Brigadier General Rosanne Bailey - American military officer and academic administrator, retired United States Air Force brigadier general 
  • David Barish – Developer of the paraglider
  • Lieutenant General Ted F. Bowlds - former Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass
  • Brigadier General Cary C. Chun - retired senior officer of the United States Air Force 
  • Lieutenant General Roger G. DeKok, USAF, Ret.
  • Lieutenant General William J. Donahue, USAF, Ret.
  • General Jimmy Doolittle- Doolittle Raider
  • Lieutenant General Hans H. Driessnack, USAF, Ret
  • General George Kenney, USAF, Ret.
  • Major General Donald L. Lamberson, USAF, Ret.– Considered the father of lasers in the Air Force
  • Major General Louis G. Leiser, USAF, Ret.
  • Donald S. Lopez, USAF, Ret. – Deputy Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
  • Lieutenant John A. Macready – American Test Pilot and Aviator
  • Lieutenant General Forrest S. McCartney, USAF, Ret.
  • Lt Col Harry C. McCool, USAF, Ret – Doolittle Raider
  • Lt John A. Macready, USAF, Ret – American test pilot and aviator
  • Colonel Richard V. Wheeler, USAF, Ret. – American Test Pilot and Aviator
  • Lt Col Archie Williams, USAF, Ret. – Gold medal winner of the 400 m sprint – 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin
  • Michael Wynne – Former Secretary of the Air Force

Acceptance Rate

Air Force Institute of Technology admission rate is 40-50% making this US higher education organization a averagely selective institution.  

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