Air Force and Space Force GEM Program

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Program at a Glance

  • The General Education Mobile (GEM) program can be completed with only five online courses at Purdue Global.
  • GEM courses are taught 100% online.
  • Each course corresponds to a general education area requirement for a degree.
  • When taking two courses per term, you can complete the Air Force and Space Force GEM program in 8 months.
Course Delivery
100% Online
Courses Required
As Few As 5
Tuition Reduction
55% for Active Duty
38% for Veterans

GEM Program Overview

GEM logoThe GEM program was designed to help you fulfill your general education requirements in a mobile, nontraditional classroom format. Completing the GEM program is a key step toward earning your associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).*

After completing GEM, you can focus on earning credits within your specific discipline through additional college courses, training you have taken with DANTES and CLEP exams, and credits earned through your military work.

Other Courses to Support Your CCAF Degree

We offer additional courses beyond the GEM program, which may help you complete other elements of your CCAF associate's degree. Please check with your local base education office to determine whether you need any of the courses offered.

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Ways to Save

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

Program Cost Estimator

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What Courses Will I Take?

General education courses prepare you for the degree-specific and higher-level courses you will need to earn your degree and are the foundation of your college studies. Even if you can't attend classes in a traditional school setting, the GEM program allows you to build that foundation.

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Sample Courses
  • Public Speaking for the Professional
  • Ethics
  • Humanities and Culture
  • Survey of Mathematics
  • Sociology

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits

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.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon 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.


*Air Force GEM Program: The CCAF associate's degree combines college courses with your Air and Space Force training. Please visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center or your education office to determine what training is required to complete your degree, in addition to the five GEM courses. Approval to participate in these programs should not be taken as an endorsement by the United States Air and Space Force.