- Offered as:
WSU collaborates with the Air Force ROTC at the nearby University of Idaho to offer eligible students education and training that lead to commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Air Force ROTC students may major in any degree program offered at Washington State University. They supplement their major curriculum with specialized aerospace studies courses to prepare for active commissioned service.
- Strengths of the program
- Gain leadership opportunities in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps.
- The Air Force offers careers that match almost every talent and interest, including aviation, engineering, health care, intelligence and communication, law, public affairs, science, and more
- Participate in the ROTC while pursuing any major you wish.
- About the program
Aerospace studies is offered as part of the Air Force ROTC program. It consists of a minor in aerospace studies and participation in either a two-year or four-year ROTC program that integrates with any major at WSU.
Air Force ROTC
Students can choose either a four-year or two-year Air Force ROTC program.
- The four-year student completes the General Military Course (two years), four-week summer training, and the Professional Officer Course (two years).
- The two-year student attends a special six-week, summer field training and then completes the Professional Officer Course. The two-year program is designed for any student having at least two years left in the university, but who has no previous AFROTC or military service.
General military course
This sequence of courses consists of four two-credit courses normally taken during the freshman and sophomore years. The General Military Course sequence prepares the student for field training and the Professional Officer Course and forms the basis for the four-year program. The sequence may be adapted to fit individual schedules.
Professional officer course
This sequence, beginning with the course Air Force Leadership and Management I, consists of four four-credit courses normally taken during the student’s last two years in the university.
Entry into the Professional Officer Course (POC) is competitive. Students must normally complete field training the summer before they enter the POC. Four-year students compete for entry during their last year in the GMC. Other students should begin the application process early in the fall semester before they plan on attending field training.
Aerospace studies minor
A minor in aerospace studies requires at least 16 credit hours and includes these courses:
The Air Force Today I and II
The Air Force Way I and II
Air Force Leadership and Management I and II
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I and II
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For aerospace studies/Air Force ROTC students
Air Force ROTC offers the opportunity for students in the General Military Course to compete for scholarships that pay tuition, fees, and a semester book allowance, as well as a $300-per-month stipend during fall and spring semesters.
All Air Force ROTC students contracted in the Professional Officer Course receive a $350-per-month stipend. Contracted POC students not already awarded a scholarship are eligible for a $1,500-per-semester scholarship as long as they maintain minimum academic requirements and standards.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure your eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.