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Online Associate’s Degree in Small Group Management

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As Few As 5
Courses Required
55% for Active Duty
38% for Veterans
Tuition Reduction
10-Week Terms
Course Length
100% Online
Course Delivery

Associate’s in Small Group Management Overview

Servicemembers and veterans — it’s time get the recognition you deserve. Use your military training to earn your associate’s degree faster.

  • Build upon your training and receive college credit — this innovative program was designed specifically to offer Army active-duty, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans a direct path to a valuable degree.
  • Apply EPME and additional learning to graduate in as few as:
  • Air Force, Space Force, and Navy: Receive a no-cost review of your CCAF, JST, and/or civilian transcripts to determine credit awards.
  • Develop key management skills including communication within small groups, conflict management, risk management, ethical decision-making, problem-solving, employee development, team synergy, and effective goal setting.
  • Gain practical experience managing small groups within the military through a hands-on final capstone course.
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Note: To be eligible for this program, servicemembers must have completed military learning that can fulfill the program’s small group management elective requirements.

Shorten Your Path to a Bachelor’s Degree

Reach your career goals sooner. Credits earned in the AAS in Small Group Management can be transferred into a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree program.

You could earn your Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with just 13 additional courses.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans, get the recognition you deserve and earn your degree faster. With our PME2Degree® program, you can turn your military and occupational training into college credit. How many credits have you earned?

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

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

Sample Courses

  • General Education Courses
  • Academic Strategies for the Military Professional
  • Introduction to Management
  • Capstone in Small Group Management
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Program Requirements

20
Core Credits
35
Major Credits
35
Elective Credits
90
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

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

Associate's to Bachelor's Pathways Allow You to Maximize Your Professional Military Education

The Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management is just one step down the pathway to lifelong education. Purdue Global offers two different bachelor’s degrees to help develop your leadership and management skills to give you an advantage as you progress in your career path.

Army Soldiers: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 5 Courses, Then Your Bachelor's in a Shortened Amount of Time

Marines: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 6 Courses, Then Your Bachelor's in a Shortened Amount of Time

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 60 credits and earn an associate’s degree in as few as 6 courses.

  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in as few as few as 13 additional courses. View the transfer pathway.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management in as few as 15 additional courses. View the transfer pathway.

Coast Guardsmen: Earn Your Degree in as Few as 7 Courses, Then Your Bachelor's in a Shortened Amount of Time

After reviewing the training and education that a Boatswain’s Mate rating receives, we have determined that a BM1 (E-6) can receive 55 credits and earn this associate's degree in as few as 7 courses.

  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in as few as few as 12 additional courses. View the transfer pathway.
  • Complete the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management in as few as 14 additional courses. View the transfer pathway.

Airmen, Guardians, and Sailors: Get Credit for Your Military Training and Prior Learning

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 54% of an associate’s degree and 45% 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.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

No-Cost Transcript Review

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

Tuition Reductions

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

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

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Calculate Your Time and Cost

Estimate how much your prior learning credits can reduce your tuition and time to graduation.

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Tuition Case Study: Active-Duty Servicemember

See how one student saved more than $11,000 in tuition. What could your military training save you?

A servicemember joined the military right out of high school and wasn’t sure if their training would help them earn a degree. After contacting a Purdue Global Advisor, they learned their infantry experience and prior Sophia Learning courses would award them 67 transfer credits, putting them on track to graduate with their associate’s degree in as few as 2 terms.

Estimated Remaining Classes: 4

Estimated Remaining Terms to Graduation: 2

Tuition Quarter Credits
AAS in Small Group Management $14,355* 90
 U.S. Army Training Credits -$9,900 -60
 Sophia Learning Credits -$1,155 -7
Total Savings/Credits Awarded $11,055 67
Remaining Tuition/Credits $3,300 23

*Based on active-duty tuition rate of $165 per quarter credit hour. See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Free Credit Evaluation

You could be closer to your degree than you think. Contact an Advisor for a free evaluation of your prior learning, work experience, military training, and other life experiences.

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 various employment opportunities in sales, administration, distribution management, and more.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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.

98%

Faculty members who have advanced degrees

51%

Faculty members who hold a doctorate

395

Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Average Military College Credit Award: Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year. Includes all types of prior learning (military and other articulations, transfer credit from prior institutions) as well as experiential portfolio credit. 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 policy. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to find out how many credits may be eligible to transfer.

Credit for Prior Learning: 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.

Tuition Case Study: Source: Purdue Global Office of the Registrar, September 2023. Totals paid to Purdue Global for the degree do not include amounts paid to other institutions. Individual experiences and savings will vary. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.