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Associate of Applied Science in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies

The goal of the civilian Associate of Applied Science in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies program is to help AF civilians reach their full leadership potential.  Courses have been designed to teach skills and competencies deemed critical to the Air Force and are based upon the Air Force’s Institutional Competency List.  Many class projects will involve work-related activities.  As a result, the program allows students to provide a positive impact to their work center as well as their own professional development.   Completion of the program results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies.  The degree is awarded by Air University and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Eligible AF civilians can complete the program at little or no cost to the student. 


This 60 credit hour program is designed to be completed in two years in a fully online format.  Students will take 10 core classes through Air University (see Program Major Curriculum) along with an additional 10 general education/elective courses completed through funded credit by exam or transfer credit.  The USAF will pay for one attempt at credit by exam for each of the 10 general education/elective course requirements.  Students will incur a one-year Continued Service commitment upon program completion.

Courses consist of a mix of scheduled live classes along with out-of-classes readings and assignments.  Students will attend live webinar (class) sessions at scheduled times.  Class times will be available before, during and after the duty day (this may vary depending upon your geographic location).  All other coursework can be done during evenings or weekends, whenever it works best in the student's schedule. 

Program Major Curriculum

Year 1
Professionalism in the Air Force
Foundations of Leadership
History and Heritage of the Air Force
Introduction to Management
Principles of Leadership 1
Year 2
Thinking, Logic and Decision Making
Conflict Resolution
Organizational Culture
Process Improvement
Principles of Leadership 2

General Education Curriculum

Written Communication
Oral Communication
College Math
Social Sciences
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to American Government
Program-related elective
Program-related elective
Program-related elective

Who May Apply

Applicants must have:

  • Status as a permanent full-time appropriated fund Air Force civilian in any grade level
  • Two years Federal civil service by the application deadline
  • Acceptable rating on most recent performance appraisal
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent (May have some college credit, but must NOT have been awarded a post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited 2 or 4-year institution)
  • Supervisor coordination with agreement to provide access to a government computer and up to 3 hours per week of duty time for class attendance (subject to mission requirements)

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following through the myPers website under Force Development during the application window (approximately March to May of each year):

• AF Form 4059.  (Section 2: AAS in AF Leadership and Management.  Section 3b need not be filled in.)
• Applicant Worksheet
• Resume (see myPers for example of format)
• Learning Agreement signed by employee and supervisor 

When submitting application in myPers, please choose "CADP" as the program name.

Application forms can be found on myPers

Trifold for civilian Associate Degree program

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the program can be directed to: eakercenter.afcue.au@us.af.mil

525 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL  36112-6335