Online Associate’s Degree in Small Group Management

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Program at a Glance
  • Originally created for the Army, the AAS in Small Group Management is now available to ALL branches of the armed forces.
  • Army soldiers can graduate in as few as 6 courses when applying professional military education and additional learning to fulfill degree requirements.*
  • Credit awards for Army training have been predetermined. Non-Army servicemembers receive a no-cost review of their JST and/or civilian transcripts to determine credit awards.
  • For Army soldiers, the associate’s in small group management can be the first step toward an advanced degree. Earn a bachelor’s in liberal studies with 7 additional courses, then a master’s in management with 10 additional courses.
COURSE DELIVERY 100% Online
COURSE LENGTH 10-Week Terms
COURSES REQUIRED Army: As Few as 6
TUITION REDUCTION 55% for Active Duty

38% for Veterans
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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 experience that gives you hands-on experience managing small groups within the military, and could help satisfy education requirements for advancement in the military.

Army Soldiers: Maximize Your Professional Military Education to Earn Your Degree in 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.

The mountain infographic provides a visual representation of how professional military education (PME) for a soldier may transfer into the Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management (AAS SGM). In the rough shape of a right triangle, the hypotenuse is a solid gold bar that represents the courses to be completed at Purdue Global. Three of the four general education courses are likely to be completed at Purdue Global. These include: Composition 1, Math, Composition 2, and Interpersonal Communications or Ethics. The remaining major courses are Academic Strategies, Introduction to Management, and the Capstone. The main body of the triangle presents as a camouflage pattern and represents the military learning that will likely transfer into the AAS SGM program. Along the base of the triangle are ranks a solider receives as they progress through their career. These include PV1 (Private), PV2 (Private Second Class), PFC (Private First Class), SPC (Specialist), CPL (Corporal), and SGT (Sergeant). The specific military learning completed as a soldier advances in rank is listed on the right side of the triangle with horizontal lines crossing into the body of the triangle. The horizontal lines stop in alignment with the ranks where the military learning is completed. The military training includes: Basic Combat Training (BCT) for 2 courses, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for 2.5 courses, Structured Self Development I (SSDI) for 1 course, Basic Leader Course (BLC) for 2.5 courses, Structured Self Development II (SSDII) for 1 course, and Other Learning for 3 courses. When all of the soldier's professional military education is taken in to consideration, they would have only 6 courses remaining to complete their Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management at Purdue Global.

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Example illustrates a potential degree pathway for an Army soldier as of January 2019 and is based on the transfer of 63 quarter credit hours toward the 90-credit AAS in Small Group Management.
1 Capstone must be completed at Purdue Global after completion of BLC.
2 Other learning is defined as functional training, CLEP/DSST exams, and/or college or university transfer credit.
3 Credit for AIT will vary based on military occupation. AIT credit reflected is based on the 11B occupation.

Now Available to All Branches of the Armed Forces

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

How Many Credits Have You Earned?

Maximize your military career experience and earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree program. Hundreds of occupations across each branch of the armed forces have already been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree.

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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

Earn One Purdue Global Degree After Another and Reach Your Career Goals Sooner

Army Soldiers: Associate’s to Master’s in Just 23 Courses

Here’s how it works:

  • Complete as few as 6 courses to earn your associate’s degree.
  • Next complete as few as 7 courses to earn your bachelor’s degree.
  • Then complete as few as 10 courses to earn your master’s degree.
The Associate's to Master's infographic shows a pathway for a soldier to progress from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree at Purdue University Global in approximately 23 courses.  
Shaped as a rectangle, it is divided into two primary sections. The top section displays both Army Pay Scale, known as E-Rate, and the corresponding professional military education (PME) completed through a soldier's career. The top section is labeled on the left with a gray box that has vertically aligned white text reading,

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Tuition Reductions

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


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When applying professional military education and additional learning toward degree requirements, Army soldiers could have only 6 courses remaining to complete their associate’s degree at Purdue Global.

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

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*The 6-course determination is specific to Army soldiers and is based on the transfer of 63 quarter credit hours toward the 90-credit AAS in Small Group Management. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of common core coursework, credit for occupation duties, and credit for additional sources of prior learning (such as functional training, CLEP/DSST exams, and other college credit), including a specific general education or major requirement being fulfilled. Credit awards will vary based on occupation, skill level, completed military courses as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s), and applicable prior learning that can apply toward degree requirements. 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.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

The 23-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. You must meet admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Management; see the University Catalog for further information.