Associate of Arts in Military Studies

Program Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Military Studies degree program will be able to:

  •  Communicate information and ideas at a competency level acceptable through written, verbal, and technological means; 
  •  Demonstrate skills in logical reasoning at a level useful in decision making and problems solving activities; 
  •  Apply the perspectives of history to understand military studies; 
  •  Understand the basic concepts of political science specific to American government; 
  •  Develop an understanding of international relations and the relationship to the military studies; and 
  •  Formulate questions concerning the role of the military within chronological and geographical contexts to serve as a foundation for more in-depth inquires.

Transfer to Ashford University

You can transfer credits with grade of C- or above from a regionally or approved nationally accredited college or university.

A maximum of 30 semester credits can be transferred through any combination of military training, Prior Learning Assessment, National Testing Programs, and non-collegiate instruction with ACE credit recommendation.

A maximum of 49 semester credits of combined non-traditional learning and transfer credits from a regionally or approved nationally accredited college or university.

WA and OR residents may apply a maximum of 16 credits toward an associate's degree from a combination of prior learning assessment or other nontraditional learning, including national testing programs, or credit recommendation services.


* The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts.

The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of Ashford University's general education requirements, including competencies; and 
  • Completion of 64 credits with a cumulative 2.00 GPA. You must earn a minimum of 18 credits at Ashford University (residency requirement).

Upon completion of your Associate's degree at Ashford, you can transfer your credits towards earning any one of Ashford's Bachelor degrees.

Program Disclosures
Federal regulations published in October, 2010 require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These required disclosures include a program’s 1) program costs; 2) on-time completion rates; 3) median loan debt; 4) links to O*NET SOC descriptions; and 5) placement rates. Please find all of the required information at this link: Program Disclosures.

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation
Information regarding cohort retention, persistence, and graduation data for Associate’s degree-level students can be found at the following link: Associate's Data. Additional disaggregated views of cohort retention, persistence, and graduation for students in all degree levels are also available.

Conditional Admission Requirements 

Students seeking admission to an online undergraduate program must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University:

Have a regular high-school diploma earned through college preparatory or regular high school courses or GED equivalency recognized by the Department of Education of the state in which it was earned, completed secondary school through home schooling as defined by state law, or earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services. An earned IEP or Special Education Diploma or Certificate of Completion based upon IEP goals does not meet the regular high school diploma requirement for admission to Ashford University. If no high school degree was earned, applicants who have successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution, as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, may be admitted.

Be 22 years of age or older, or be exempt from this requirement by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a minimum of 30 transferable credits* as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies;
  • Earned an Associate’s degree or higher* from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution; or
  • Seeking readmission to Ashford University after withdrawal from a degree program; or
  • Current degree-seeking student at Ashford University requesting to change majors.

* If satisfying the Under 22 exemption with 30 transferable credits or an Associate’s degree or higher, unofficial transcripts must be submitted with the Application for Admissions.

Have the ability to study in English indicated by one of the following: 

  • Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English 
  • Received a GED that was taken in English;
  • A minimum of 30 credits have been earned from regionally or approved nationally accredited colleges/universities in the United States or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 500 paper-based or 61 Internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6 is required. Copies of official scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted for full admission.

Applicants with international credentials, or who are residents in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee, requirements are outlined separately. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Conditional Admission.

Provisional Admission Requirements 

  • Successfully complete the Student Success Orientation; 
  • Attain a cumulative grade of C- or better by Day 6 of Week 3 in the course;
  • Attend week 4 of the first course.

Attendance in week 4 constitutes a student’s confirmation of his or her intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Please refer to the Ashford Promise for additional information.

Full Admission Requirements 

  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary education attempted;
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission; and
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0.*

* Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be admitted on Academic Watch.

Please see the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Full Admission.

Technology Requirements


Students must possess the following online competencies:

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Internet; 
  • Ability to correspond with University staff, students, and faculty using email and the Internet; and 
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free.

System requirements

The following minimum system configuration and software are required: 

  •  Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher or Windows XP or higher; 
  •  Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, and 1 Gb free disk space; 
  •  Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2003 or higher; Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher; Adobe Flash 10 or higher (Constellation users); 
  •  Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Safari 4.0 or higher, or Chrome; 
  •  Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or Cable modem; 
  •  Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

Recommended for optimal performance

  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 or higher; 
  • Networking: Broadband Internet connection (DSL, cable, or other); 
  • Constellation users: Windows Media Player 7 or higher, sound card and speakers.

Please note certain courses may require the use of additional internet connectivity requirements, software, and/or hardware, such as a microphone and/or webcam to record sound or video files. Additionally certain courses may require use of third party websites. The University is not responsible for the practices of any third party websites. If a student has serious objections to using a third party website, he or she can request an alternative method of completing an assignment from the instructor of the course. If a student choses to withhold the disclosure of Directory Information, no Directory Information will be released by Ashford University to non-university personnel, unless the disclosure meets exception criteria as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of this Catalog. However, a student may still be required to make certain disclosures as part of coursework.


  • Credits with grade of C- or above from a regionally or approved nationally accredited college or university. 
  • A maximum of 46 semester credits of combined nontraditional learning and transfer credits from a regionally or approved nationally accredited college or university. 
  • A maximum of 30 semester credits can be transferred through any combination of military, National Testing Programs and non-collegiate instruction with ACE credit recommendation.

Online Format
You will take your courses one at a time for 5 weeks each, accelerating your path to graduation. Your course content is delivered in a high-tech format, and you can complete your weekly assignments when and where it's convenient for you thanks to the asynchronous online environment.

You will appreciate that Ashford offers one of the lowest tuition rates available online. Your tuition is $430 per credit. You will also be responsible for fees. View complete cost of attendance. Call today to learn more at 866.711.1700.

* Tuition costs subject to change without notice.

Payment Options

  • Cash Plan – 100% of tuition and fees paid on or before each course start date.
  • Tuition Reimbursement – If your employer offers a tuition reimbursement plan, we'll work with you to apply this great benefit toward your education. 
  • Financial Aid – You may be eligible for financial aid. Talk to an Admissions Counselor to find out if you meet the requirements to qualify. 
  • Direct (Employer) Billing – If you work for a company approved for direct billing, you may qualify for this payment option. 
  • Military Tuition Assistance – Includes active-duty service and Veterans Affairs Benefits if you qualify. Learn more about military benefits.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.