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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Roger C. Burk, PhD


The number of Air Force officers graduating from the Air Force Institute of Technology's Graduate of Space Operations master's degree program is declining. Furthermore, the number of advanced academic degree jobs these officers fill within the Space Operations career field has been reduced. These events question the role the GSO program has in the Space operations career field. This research surveys the GSO populations to determine how useful their master's degrees have been in providing the skills and knowledge needed to fill the advanced degree positions. This research also addresses the number of officers entering the GSO program each year. A method of measuring the usefulness of the GSO curriculum was devised by gathering data on the 12 previous GSO classes. The primary advantage of this method was that it presented a group consensus on the value of an AFIT graduate education in the Space Operations career field.

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