Online Associate’s Degree in Small Group Management

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Request Information

Ready to learn more about the Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management for Military?

Request Information Or Choose a Different Area of Study
Program at a Glance
  • The AAS in Small Group Management is available to ALL branches of the armed forces.
  • Army and Marines: Graduate in as few as 6 courses when applying enlisted professional military education and additional learning to fulfill degree requirements.
  • Coast Guard: Graduate in as few as 8 courses when applying enlisted professional military education and additional learning to fulfill degree requirements.
  • Air Force and Navy: Receive a no-cost review of your JST and/or civilian transcripts to determine credit awards.
COURSE DELIVERY 100% Online
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
COURSES REQUIRED As Few as 6
TUITION REDUCTION 55% for Active Duty

38% for Veterans
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management Overview

Purdue Global’s online AAS in Small Group Management was designed to offer Army active-duty, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans an opportunity to use their military training to earn a degree faster. We are now proud to extend this innovative program to all branches of the armed forces.

As a student, you’ll focus on developing key management skills including communication within small groups, conflict management, risk management, ethical decision-making and problem solving, employee development, team synergy, and effective goal setting.

The program culminates in a capstone course that gives you hands-on experience managing small groups within the military, and could help enhance your professional development.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: To be eligible for this program, servicemembers must have completed military learning that can fulfill the program’s small group management elective requirements.

Career Opportunities

This online degree in small group management is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills to become a more effective leader and more valued employee in your current career. As a graduate of Purdue Global’s associate’s degree program, you can pursue employment opportunities such as*:

  • General and operations manager
  • Sales manager
  • Administrative services manager
  • Industrial production manager
  • Transportation, storage, and distribution manager
  • Construction manager
  • Social and community services manager

Tuition Reductions

We offer significantly reduced tuition rates for servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, and veterans.

Learn More
Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each branch have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Use our Military Credit Calculator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

How Many Credits Have You Earned?

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Maximize Your Professional Military Education

Army Soldiers: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 6 Courses

With this associate's degree, you could graduate in as few as 6 courses when applying professional military education and additional learning toward degree requirements. View the example transfer pathway for Army.

Marines: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 6 Courses

We have completed an extensive review of USMC NCO training from Corporals Course through Advanced Course to award the maximum number of credits toward the degree program. With all likely training considered, an Infantry Rifleman Sergeant (E-5) can receive 63 credits and earn an associate’s degree in as few as 6 courses. View the example transfer pathway for Marines.

Coast Guardsmen: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 8 Courses

After reviewing the training and education that a Boatswain Mate rating receives, we have determined that a BM1 (E-6) can receive 57 credits and earn this associate's degree in as few as 8 courses. View the example transfer pathway for Coast Guard.

Airmen and Sailors: Get Credit for Your Military Training

Receive a no-cost review of your JST and/or civilian transcripts to determine credit awards. The average Purdue Global military graduate is awarded credit toward 55% of an associate’s degree and 43% of a bachelor’s. See how far your training takes you. Contact an Admissions Advisor.


The determination of courses remaining is specific to each branch cited. Credit awards will vary based on military branch, occupation, skill level/rank/rate, completed military courses as listed on your official Joint Services Transcript(s), and applicable prior learning that can apply toward degree requirements.

Army Soldiers: Associate’s to Bachelor’s in Just 17 Courses

Earn one degree after another and reach your career goals sooner. Here’s how it works§:


Complete as few as 6 courses to earn your associate’s degree in small group management.


Next complete as few as 11 courses to earn your bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

BS in Liberal Studies


Example based on Army 11B Sergeant (E-5).

No-Cost Transcript Review

All servicemembers receive a no-cost review of their JST and/or civilian transcripts to determine credit awards.

Apply professional military education and additional learning toward degree requirements to get to graduation faster.

Courses at Purdue Global
  • General Education Courses
  • Academic Strategies for the Military Professional
  • Introduction to Management
  • Capstone in Small Group Management
See All Small Group Management Courses
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits20
  • Major Credits35
  • Elective Credits35
  • Total Credits90

Ways to Save

Program Cost Estimator

Calculate your estimated tuition and ways to save.

current cost per credit
Request Information

Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

View Business Faculty Directory
grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

How Close Are You to an Associate's?

Use the Military Credit Calculator to see how much of your training counts as credit toward a Purdue Global degree.

View the Calculator
NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year. Credit earned in an associate’s degree program through Purdue Global applied earlier as part of a pool of prior degree credit is not included in this calculation. The actual percentage may be slightly higher for students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs. Individual experiences will vary. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to find out how many credits may be eligible to transfer.

Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of enlisted professional military education (EPME), credit for occupation/rating duties, and credit for additional sources of prior learning (such as functional training, CLEP/DSST exams, and other college credit). Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

§The 17-course determination is specific to Army soldiers and is based on courses that are unlikely to be fulfilled via military learning and/or would be required to be completed at Purdue Global. Additional courses will need to be completed to satisfy degree requirements if credit cannot be fulfilled by other sources of prior learning or if they were not completed as part of the prior degree level.