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Air Officer Commanding Masters’ Program

The Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership is the Air Force Program Manager for the Air Officer Commanding Masters’ Program (AOC MP), an Air Force Intermediate Development Program (AF IDE) that prepares approximately 20 officers per year to command cadet squadrons as Air Officers Commanding (AOCs).

In the course of one year, AOC MP cadets complete a 45 credit hour graduate degree program resulting in a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Leadership from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. They also complete 400 field experience hours at the Academy and in the local community to practice the knowledge and skills gained in their academic program. Upon graduation and completion of the AOC MP, they will take command of their squadrons and spend the next two years of their Academy tour developing approximately 115 cadets into leaders of character.