Military Positions | Military FAQ | Advanced Degree Sponsorship
All sponsorees are expected to
return to the Academy to teach.
Sponsorship for a
Masters degree is typically for 1 to 1.5 years - normally 1 year is allotted, but
the time may be extended depending on the degree, prerequisites,
and undergraduate courses.
PhDs (including D.E. programs) are 3 years - PhD sponsorships
are usually awarded to those at USAFA who have proven their
academic and leadership capabilities and are being developed for
senior positions in the Department.
Number of Slots
Each year DFCE has approximately 6 man-years to send potential
instructors to school through the AFIT/CI program. DFCE ideally
will send 1 PhD/DE and 3 MS/ME candidates per year.
The choice is up to you, with some constraints. The school must
be willing to get you through their program in your time
allotted, must be accredited, offer the courses we require for
your area of study, and have an annual cost of $19,000 or less.
Many state schools offer in-state rates to military.
Some of the schools attended by our sponsored faculty members
are Texas A&M, Illinois, Auburn, Purdue, Penn St, Arizona St,
Colorado, Colorado St, Virginia Tech, Maine, Washington,
Michigan St, Florida, Minnesota, and Cal Berkeley.
What are the
AFIT minimum requirements for advanced degree sponsorship in CE:
- GRE verbal 500, quantitative 600
- GPA 2.8 major, math, & overall
How do I
Applications for advanced degree sponsorship are due to DFCE by
the end of July for the following summer school start.
DFCE Advanced Degree Sponsorship package:
- Cover letter (include why you want to teach, your top 3
university preferences, you're master's degree preference, MS or
- Letters of Recommendation (example 1,
example 2, example 3)
- Military Resume (example 1,
- Last five OPRs
- Transcripts (undergraduate & graduate - photocopies
- GRE scores (Required for AFIT sponsorship, N/A for direct
For further information please contact:
USAFA DFCE Personnel Officer
DSN 333-3150, 719-333-3150, FAX 333-2234