Our online Associate of Applied Science in Small Group Management allows you to graduate in as few as 5 courses when applying professional military education and additional learning toward degree requirements.*
Army College Education Resources and Special Programs
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Flexible Online Education for Soldiers and Veterans
At Purdue Global, we pride ourselves on being an Army-friendly college and being able to give back to those who serve our country with an opportunity to achieve a high-quality education. Whether you want to earn an associate’s degree or advance toward a bachelor’s, master’s, or even doctoral degree, Purdue Global has more than 175 online programs to choose from.
Because we understand that your experience as a U.S. Army soldier is invaluable, we offer programs to help you get a jump-start in achieving your academic and professional goals. Your Army lifelong learning combined with coursework tailored to your MOS can reduce the time and efforts needed to earn your college degree.
We have successfully fulfilled the requirements in ArmyIgnitED, which means Army soldiers can feel confident enrolling in a degree program with Purdue Global. We can walk you though the new tuition assistance (TA) process in ArmyIgnitED. Call or chat with an Advisor today to get started.
The transfer credit tool will provide an estimate of how many credits you may be eligible to receive based on your skill level in a given MOS. ESTIMATES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OF CREDIT. Credit totals reflect credit for occupation training. They do not include credit for standard courses required for rank advancement, transfer credit from prior institutions, credit by examination, or experiential learning, which could further increase the number of credits you may be eligible to receive. Exact transfer credit amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Services Transcript(s).
Army Education Pathways
Associate's in Small Group Management
A Degree Created Specifically for Soldiers
Transfer Credit Pathways
Army Transfer Credit Pathways
Purdue Global’s PME2Degree program is designed to maximize your military training and Army education benefits to help you earn a degree faster. View our transfer credit pathways to see how your professional military education can translate into credit toward a Purdue Global degree.†
- 11B (Skill Level 10): AAS in Criminal Justice
- 11B (Skill Level 30): AAS in Small Group Management
- 13B (Skill Level 30): AAS in Small Group Management
- 25B (Skill Level 10): AAS in Information Technology—Networking
- 31B (Skill Level 10): AAS in Criminal Justice
- 31B (Skill Level 20): BS in Criminal Justice
- 42A (Skill Level 30): AAS in Business Administration
- 68P (Skill Level 10): AAS in Health Science
- 68P (Skill Level 10): AS in Health Science
- 68P (Skill Level 30): Stackable Option: AS in Health Science to BS in Health Science
- 68W (Skill Level 10): AAS in Health Science
- 68W (Skill Level 10): AS in Health Science
- 68W (Skill Level 30): BS in Health Science
- 92A (Skill Level 40): Stackable Option: AAS in Business Administration to BS in Business Administration
Don’t see your MOS listed? Find out how close you are to your degree by choosing your MOS and skill level in our transfer credit tool.
The First Step Toward a Degree
Developing your educational plan is one of several steps you must complete in order to enroll, begin your education, and receive Army tuition assistance benefits. This plan is essential to ensuring you are on the right path to achieving your educational goals. Our Military Student Support Center can help you develop your educational plan, as well as guide you through the enrollment process. You should also discuss this plan with your Educational Services Officer.
We Offer an Affordable Education for Military Students
We believe you have earned a quality education through your service and should not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket expenses to reach your educational goal.‡
- Current Servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve): 55% per-credit reduction for undergraduate programs (plus we waive the resource fee) and 17% to 30% per-credit reduction for graduate programs
- Veterans: 38% per-credit reduction for undergraduate programs and 14% per-credit reduction for graduate programs
- Military Spouses: 10% per-credit reduction for undergraduate and graduate programs
Soldiers, Maximize Your Military Training With Our PME2Degree® Program
The PME2Degree® program is a holistic approach to providing the best education option based on individual goals and the most efficient path to achieve those goals.
An Option for Everyone
We have mapped at least one degree option to every occupation and skill level. This evaluation allows you to pursue a degree program that may not specifically be related to your occupation but is relevant to your ultimate career goals.§
The comprehensive nature of our Army occupational reviews ensures that the required outcomes needed to earn a college degree are either achieved in military service or through the degree plan.
Built for Lifelong Learning
At Purdue Global, we are committed to your ongoing success. We provide a continuous learning path, making it easier for you to explore the next steps in your academic journey from earning an associate’s degree to progressing to a bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral degree. With our generous transfer options, credits earned in many of our degree programs can be transferred into a Purdue Global advanced degree, allowing you to achieve your ultimate academic and career goals. Along with transfer credits, we also re-evaluate your training to apply it toward the next degree level.
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Tuition Assistance (TA)
What Is Tuition Assistance?
Tuition assistance is a benefit paid to eligible servicemembers who meet specific requirements to receive TA benefits.
TA provides active-duty soldiers with funding for tuition costs associated with courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and are part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in ArmyIgnitED, are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and are signatories to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
Purdue Global is a regionally accredited institution and has signed the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
TA Tuition Caps
What Are the Tuition Caps?
There is an annual cap of $4,500 per individual, which falls within each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:
- $250.00 per semester hour
- $166.67 per quarter hour
- $16.67 per clock hour (for approved certificate/diploma programs only)
- 16 semester hours (24 quarter credit hours) of TA-funded courses per fiscal year
Purdue Global is on the quarter-hour system. Current servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, are eligible for a 55% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs, which reduces per-credit tuition to $165, which is below the per-quarter-hour cap. The applicable cap for Purdue Global students is $3,960 ($165 x 24 quarter credit hours).
TA Credit Caps
What Are the Credit Caps?
Current Army policy limits TA to:
- 130 semester hours (195 quarter credit hours) of undergraduate credit or a baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first
- 39 semester hours (58.5 quarter credit hours) of graduate credit or a master's degree, whichever comes first (the 39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree)
- 21 semester hours (31.5 quarter credit hours) toward an academic certificate/diploma
Purdue Global is on the quarter-hour system. Our bachelor’s degree programs are 180 quarter credit hours and many master’s degree programs are under the 58 quarter credit hour limit.
Who Is Eligible?
TA is available to active-duty soldiers, including members of the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) serving in the Selected Reserve. Effective June 6, 2018, to qualify, you must:
- Be on active duty for the duration of the course term.
- Have sufficient time in service remaining to complete all courses for which you are requesting TA.
- Request TA through ArmyIgnitED.
- Resolve any ArmyIgnitED-imposed account holds, including, but not limited to, unsuccessful, incomplete, or missing class grades; minimum grade point average; incorrect civilian education level; missing/unapproved degree plan; expired or missing statement of understanding; and semester hour and annual and lifetime TA limits.
- If an officer, complete the required service obligation. Active-duty officers incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of 2 years, and Reserve Component officers incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of 4 years. The ADSO/RDSO is calculated from the date of completion of the last course for which TA was used.
- If a soldier in Active Guard and Reserve status, you must have a designation of satisfactory participant.
- Not be under suspension of favorable personnel actions in accordance with AR 600-8-2.
- Not be a contracted Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship cadet or Green-to-Gold ROTC program cadet.
What Is Covered?
TA may be used for the following programs:
- Associate’s degrees
- Bachelor’s degrees
- Master’s degrees
TA will cover only tuition.
TA does NOT cover books and course materials, academic institution fees, or retakes of the same course. Additionally, TA will not fund your courses if you leave the service before the course ends, you quit the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer, or mission requirements, or you fail the course. In the event one of these situations occurs, you will have to provide reimbursement for any funds already paid.
TA is NOT authorized for the following:
- A lateral or lower-level degree than you already possess (e.g., second associate's or bachelor's degree)
- Doctor’s degrees, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (MD, JD, DNP, PhD, etc.)
- Courses available in Army e-Learning unless the class is required as part of the official degree plan
- Institutional challenge examinations/credit-by-examination, credit awarded based solely on an assessment of prior learning and/or experience, portfolio evaluation, or review of military or civilian transcript(s)
- Any course for which you have already received reimbursement, in whole or in part, from any other Federal source, including veterans’ education benefits and Service-funded programs (ROTC scholarship, education-related incentive or bonus, and advanced civil schooling) when the TA payment would constitute a duplication of benefits. Federal student aid loan, grant, and work-study programs are not considered a duplication of benefit.
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit the ArmyIgnitED website.
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*The 5-course determination is specific to Army soldiers and is based on the transfer of 65 quarter credit hours toward the 90-credit AAS in Small Group Management. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of enlisted professional military education, credit for occupation duties, and credit for additional sources of prior learning (such as functional training, CLEP/DSST exams, and other college credit). 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 does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your CCAF and official Joint Service Transcript(s). Applicable state-specific program requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may reduce the available transfer credits. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.
‡Military tuition rates cannot be combined with other Purdue Global tuition reductions or ExcelTrack™ pricing. Per-credit tuition reductions are based on standard tuition rate of $371.00.
§Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.