Department of Political Science
The Department of Political Science is always interested in hiring qualified individuals interested in teaching duty. The follow guidelines are provided to assist you in this process.
Masters Degree and PhD Doctorate Sponsorship: Applicants must have a strong record and must have completed Developmental Education commensurate with their grade. Officers selected for this program will attend AFIT, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), or an AFIT/CI-designated civilian university for 12 to 18 months to receive a Masters degree or 3 years to receive a Ph.D. in a discipline consistent with required professional development and the needs of the Department of Political Science. The institution that the officer attends will depend on the degree program for which he/she is selected. As general guidance only, an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher and GRE scores of 500V/600Q for technical programs and 500V/500Q for non-technical programs are adequate to get admitted to an acceptable civilian graduate school, while doctoral programs generally require a Masters degree in a related field with a Masters level GPA of 3.2-3.5 or higher and GRE scores of 550V/650Q for technical programs and 550V/550Q for non-technical programs.
After the degree is obtained, each candidate will complete a follow-on assignment in an Instructor position at USAFA for a period of four years. Based on professional development and AF requirements some officers maybe required to complete an intervening operational tour (IOT) prior to their return to USAFA. Officers should contact their AFPC Assignment Teams Page for specific program timeline requirements and questions. The following are available program opportunities:
1. AFIT programs: http://www.afit.edu/en/Admissions/Docs/AFIT_AFofficer_Newsletter.pdf.
2. Other Programs: For a listing of academic programs NOT taught at AFIT’s main campus, consult the AFIT AF Officer Newsletter, http://www.afit.edu/en/Admissions/Docs/AFIT_AF officer_Newsletter.pdf.
Officers applying for one of these programs will be screened by their respective AFPC functional for release authorization usually sometime during the summer months. Following release notification potential candidates will be further assessed by the USAFA Political Science Department for final interview and selection. Select/Non-select notification usually occurs during the early fall time period. All applicants are requested to send a no more than one-page letter of interest to the department indicating their intent and contact information at the same time they send their application to AFPC. This letter should be sent to: