Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) Program

Please note: Effective December 1, 2013, APUS will be changing the terms of the AU-ABC Program. The current terms of the articulation agreement are below; click here for details on the changes that will become effective on 12/1/2013.

The AU-ABC Program is an agreement between APUS and the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) whereby students can obtain transfer credit from their prior learning to earn their selected bachelor degree from APUS in less time. Any completed CCAF Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may be utilized in the AU-ABC agreement toward a BA in General Studies, and eleven CCAF AAS specialty degrees may be utilized to pursue corresponding career-related bachelor's degrees offered by APUS. The corresponding degree options are listed in the table below.

Airmen with a conferred CCAF degree who participate in the AU-ABC Program are guaranteed to complete their bachelor degree in 60 semester hours or less with APUS. Participating students will have a minimum of 61 semester hours of requirements completed toward their selected APUS bachelor degree program. The program requirements will be satisfied by the following:

  • A minimum of 12 semester hours will be applied to the General Education area.
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours will be applied to the Core or Major area.
  • All other credit will be applied according to current APUS transfer credit policies.
  • A maximum of 60 semester hours will remain for completion of the selected degree program.
  • All coursework transferred into the CCAF AAS degree is part of the total credits applied toward a student's APUS bachelor degree program; this includes any credit that was transferred from APUS to CCAF for completion of the AAS degree.
    Note:  Specific details and remaining course requirements will vary per student and will be detailed in the Academic Plan once an official Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) is completed.

Credit awarded from this articulation agreement is considered traditional transfer credit.


In order to be eligible for participation in this program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a conferred CCAF AAS degree.
  • Be enrolled and admitted in the linking APUS program associated to your CCAF AAS degree.
  • Have been admitted into their APUS program AFTER the specified effective date
    Have completed their CCAF AAS degree AFTER the specified effective date.


  • A student has met the terms of the agreement and is eligible for the AU-ABC Program if they have completed a CCAF AAS degree, are pursuing the linking APUS program (indicated in the table below) AFTER the specified effective date, and have not yet completed their transfer admission process with APUS, including but not limited to receipt of their initial TCE.
  • If an initial evaluation has already been prepared and the student completed their CCAF AAS degree AFTER the specified effective date, they can send in the updated paperwork. A TCE Update Request Form must also be submitted to initiate the review process. 
  • If a student has already had an initial TCE completed, is a degree seeking student in an AU-ABC approved degree program, and began their program BEFORE the specified effective date, they are NOT eligible for another TCE under the terms of this agreement.
  • If a student changes their degree program AFTER the specified effective date to one of the linking APUS programs indicated, the student is eligible for the AU-ABC Program.
    WARNING:  If a student changes their program, they may not receive the same courses in their AU-ABC TCE as were awarded in their previous TCE. Any student initiating a program change voluntarily agrees to: (1) all new program requirements for their new APUS program as outlined in the current APUS catalog, (2) forfeiting their previous TCE award, and (3) having a new TCE performed which will be conducted using current transfer credit policies and guidelines.
  • If a student has already had an initial TCE completed, their documentation has already been reviewed, and no additional paperwork is to be submitted, they are NOT eligible for the agreement terms.

Students must send in an official CCAF transcript detailing their AAS degree conferral, along with all other required admission documents. Credits from previous institutions transferred into a CCAF AAS degree award will be incorporated into the AU-ABC TCE award and will be reviewed on a course by course basis. For detailed steps on beginning the Transfer Credit Evaluation process, visit our "Getting Started" page.

EFFECTIVE June 15, 2007

CCAF AAS Specialty Degree

APUS Program

Air & Space Operations Technology (4VAS)
Space Operations Technology (4VAS)
BS in Space Studies
Computer Science Technology (0CYY)BS in Information Technology Management
Criminal Justice (9IJY)
Police Science (9IJY)
BA in Criminal Justice
         (General concentration only)
Emergency Management (9IMY)
Disaster Preparedness (9IMY)
BA in Emergency and Disaster Management
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (4VRC)

BA in Emergency and Disaster Management

Information Management (1AUY)BS in Information Technology Management
Information Systems Technology (0IYY)BS in Information Technology Management
Intelligence Studies and Technology (9INZ)
Communications Applications
     Technology (2IAL) or 
Intelligence Analysis (9INZ) or 
Intelligence Collection (9INY) or
Interpreting and Translating (2IAH)
BA in Intelligence Studies
         (General concentration only)
Logistics (1AMY)
Fuels Technology (1CBF)
BA in Transportation and Logistics Management
         (General concentration only)
Paralegal (1CAM)BS in Legal Studies
Transportation (1ATY)BA in Transportation and Logistics Management
         (General concentration only)
EFFECTIVE April 1, 2010
CCAF AAS DegreeAPUS Program
Any Completed CCAF AAS degreeBA in General Studies
Click here for additional information about the AU-ABC Program for the BA in General Studies

Please Note:
For those students who have completed CCAF coursework but are not eligible for the AU-ABC Program, APUS will still conduct course by course evaluations of previously completed course work appearing on an official CCAF transcript as well as follow the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for awarding transfer credit. Credit must be ACE evaluated and recommended for UNDERGRADUATE level credit in order to possibly apply toward an APUS undergraduate degree program.

For more information, please visit the AU-ABC Program FAQ's page.