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A.S. Public Service and Management



The Associate of Science degree in Public Service and Management graduate will be prepared to lead people and manage organizations in a wide variety of career fields - from corporate settings to public service. Students will capitalize on the courses and experience of transfer credit from Military Occupation Specialties (MOS), Naval Ratings and the Navy Enlisted Classification System (NEC) system, Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) on a Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript, or Coast Guard Ratings.  Anchored in the liberal arts students will examine fundamental elements of business, management, public & national service, and communications.

Relevant and Convenient
  • Maximize military transfer credits
  • Can be completed in 5 classes
  • All classes are online
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise

Program Vision
As a University, we see this program as a pathway for military and veteran students to realize their educational goals with a singular focus on their success regardless of where they may be serving.

Program Mission
To provide our military and veteran students the highest quality education experience, combined with maximum transfer of credit, and affordability, leading to quicker degree completion with as little, or no, debt as possible.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
60 Total $250 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

  • No out-of-pocket costs for digital textbooks, technology, or educational resource fees. 
  • If you plan to use Military Tuition Assistance or VA Educational Benefits, you will have little to no out-of-pocket costs.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. While students in this program will receive digital textbooks/content free of charge, should a student desire a hard copy textbook, they will be shipped before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below are the lists of requirements for the AS in Public Service and Management program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the this associate degree programs are as follows:

  1. Available only to qualified military students. A qualified military student is defined as someone who has 18 semester hours of ACE recommended military training and experience on a JST or CCAF transcript and is identified as one of the following categories:
    • Active duty members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard
    • Currently serving in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard Reserves
    • Currently serving in the Army or Air National Guard
    • Veterans discharged under honorable conditions from all branches of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard, and Coast Guard
    • Air Force veterans without a conferred Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Degree must provide their CCAF transcripts
  2. Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  3. Prior completion of at least 18 transferable credit hours as listed on a JST or CCAF transcript for training received in any Military Occupation Specialty (MOS), Naval ratings and designators used along with the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system, and Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC), and Coast Guard Ratings.

Application Procedures

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    Applicants to the associate program are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
    For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades. Note: Additional third party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases and internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with an associate degree the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours
  • Completion of foundational, major, and general education requirements as outlined in the program of study
  • Completion of 24 semester hours in the major. To meet the residency requirement 15 semester hours must be completed at IWU.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.



The course requirements below may be met through transfer of credit from military training and experience on a JST or CCAF transcript, or off-duty education from regionally accredited institutions. To meet the residency requirement 15 semester hours must be completed at IWU.

Foundational Courses - 3 credit hours



General Education - 15 credit hours

  • Written Communication - 6 credit hours
  • Humanities - 3 credit hours
  • Bible - 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics - 3 credit hours


Business, Management, or Communication Courses - 9 credit hours - IWU courses include:



Political Science or Public and National Security Courses - 12 credit hours - IWU courses include:



Integrative Learning - 3 credit hours



Occupational Studies - 18 credit hours required

  • MOS/Rate non-duplicative JST/CCAF credit

TOTAL - 60 credit hours required for graduation

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