Program Overview

Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers a Space Systems Certificate program for students and personnel whose job responsibilities or career goals necessitate advanced and practical understanding of integrated space capabilities across combined armed forces. Students will develop their understanding of physics of the space environment and space systems utilized for delivery of space assets. The responsibilities that individuals in the program will develop will be their understanding of the utilization of networks, sensors, and weapons. Individuals with a scientific or engineering background or involvement in space research, development, tests, evaluation, and operations are those for whom this program is intended. These individuals specifically include active duty military, department of defense civilians, and contracts. In addition, students will learn about joint processes for space system architecture and requirements development, including the prioritization of resources to operate space assets.

Through the curriculum, students will learn about the scientific and technical aspects of space system mechanics, communication, and applications. The curriculum consists of 15 credit hours’ worth of classes, which include introduction to space flight dynamics, spaceflight systems engineering, and military satellite communications.

Students completing the space systems program should have the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue related careers, which include understanding of space mission analysis with emphasis on space missions supporting military operations, and understanding of mission characteristics, mission evaluation, requirements determination, cost analysis and estimating, and cost and operational effectiveness. Lastly, they will be expected to have an understanding of the physics involved in space travel and the design and utilization of space vehicles and systems.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Prospective applicants are expected to have a Bachelor's Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better, with courses in Calculus, Differential Equations, Calculus-based Physics, and Dynamical Systems.

    School Overview

    In 1919, the Air Force Institute of Technology enrolled the first students realizing the importance of “powered flight.” As technology and aviation has grown, so too has the Institute. By the 1950s, AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management began offering degrees. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces. The Graduate School has conferred more than 17,500 graduate and 600 doctor of philosophy degrees. AFIT houses three resident schools:

    •     The Graduate School of Engineering and Management
    •     The School of Systems and Logistics
    •     The Civil Engineer School

    The Air Force Institute of Technology is federally funded and administered by the U.S. Air Force.


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