About the Air Force Distance Learning Program

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The Air Force Distance Learning Program is designed to assist Airmen in obtaining a college degree while in the Air Force. As an approved school in the United States Air Force Academic Institution (AI) portal, Empire State University is one of a number of colleges and universities offering Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) programs, and Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) and non-AFSC related associate and bachelor's degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of airmen based on their military training and their educational goals.

Additionally, we offer graduate degrees and undergraduate/graduate certificate programs. We are also a General Education Mobile (GEM) partner with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), which allows learners to complete all five general education courses towards their CCAF Associate in Applied Science degree.

Empire State University works with military students to maximize Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transfer credit, including ACE-recommended credit for military training and credits for standardized exams. Since our bachelor's degree programs require 124 total hours, CCAF graduates typically need only 60 additional hours to complete their bachelor’s degree.  Every service member must contact their Educational Service Officer (ESO) or counselor before beginning any educational opportunity.

Empire State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a DOD MOU signatory which affirms and supports the principles and guidelines in the MOU.