eSchool of Graduate PME - Online Master's Degree Program (OLMP)

Online Master's Program Curriculum Flow

Online Master Program Curriculum Flow

The Online Master’s Program curriculum is a master’s degree program designed to produce more effective officers serving in operational-level command or staff positions. The program fosters the development of higher-order thinking by challenging students to think critically about applying airpower in joint campaign planning at the operational level of war through curriculum covering such topics as contemporary Air Force operations, national security, leadership, and joint warfare. More importantly, students can participate in a learning opportunity that is focused on the needs of the modern warfighter—gaining knowledge and developing skills that will serve them now, throughout the remainder of their military careers, and once they leave the military. 

The OLMP is offered in four concentrations and all four concentrations are separate from ACSC’s traditional nonresident IDE program. Upon successful completion of any of the OLMP concentrations, students earn an accredited Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree. In addition, the Joint Warfare concentration awards intermediate developmental education (IDE) credit and was reviewed by the joint staff and received full Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I accreditation.

Each course requires 10 to 15 hours of work per week. Due to the level of work required, new students can take only one course each term; however, they may be approved to take two courses per term after they have successfully completed their first three courses. Tuition is free and there is no active-duty service commitment associated with the program; however, students incur the cost of required books, personal computer(s), and Internet connectivity. Additionally, students will require access to a common access card (CAC)-enabled system for registration and enrollment. 

Students who work steadily should complete their master’s degree in two years; however, students have up to five years to meet degree requirements. Due to the inherent flexibility of the program, student deployments, unique duty schedules, and job or personal demands while enrolled can be easily managed. Students can manage


Student Handbook

Student Handbook


Research Topics

Research Topics


The OLMP produces graduates who are able to…

  • lead and command in complex, dynamic, and ambiguous operational environments; 
  • apply military theory in general and airpower theory in particular to operational problems across the range of military operations; 
  • plan for the integration and employment of joint forces at the operational level in whole-of-government operations across the spectrum of war and conflict; 
  • articulate capabilities and limitations of service and joint organizations in the conduct of war at the operational level; and 
  • apply research methodologies and critical-thinking skills to analyze issues of concern to the warfighter and/or broader defense community. 

For course descriptions, see the current Air University Catalog.

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