Welcome to Kaplan University
Committed to Your Development and Career
To fulfill a promise to yourself. To earn a better living doing something you truly enjoy. To reinvent yourself and survive the economic downturn. At Kaplan University, we understand why you're going back to school. The outcome of your education is our most important concern.
Kaplan University is an accredited leading provider of online higher education. We offer 170 online programs and degrees in a variety of fields. Rigorous curriculum is designed to provide you with the relevant skills to pursue your career and personal goals.[2,3] Faculty members are experienced practitioners within their fields and focus on real-world, practical skills.
Earning a degree is a significant investment of your time and money; that's why Kaplan University offers numerous opportunities for you to complete your degree faster and save money, too. Some of these include accelerated programs, credit for eligible prior training or work/life experience, and scholarships. We are committed to helping you pursue your goals and will support you from admission through graduation with a helpful team of advisors dedicated to guiding you to success.
Kaplan University provides the quality education you want in a format designed to serve your needs - online, on your time.
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Why Kaplan University?
U.S. News & World Report ranked our online bachelor’s degree program among the nation’s best.
Our IT pilot lifted student grades by 9%, cited in Fast Company naming Kaplan the 3rd Most Innovative Education Company in the World.
In national surveys, our learners showed higher levels of satisfaction compared to those at other institutions.
Entire Suite of Scholarships and Grants
Kaplan University is committed to helping our students achieve their academic goals and prepare for more rewarding careers. We offer a new selection of generous scholarships and grants for first-time enrolling students. You could save $250 to $750 per term on most undergraduate degree programs, with a maximum value of $12,750. These awards are outright educational gifts—no repayment is required. Choose from more than 180 online degree and certificate programs in business, IT, health sciences, legal studies, criminal justice, nursing, arts and sciences, and more. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more about Kaplan University scholarships and grants.
Our Commitment to Military Service Members
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.* The undergraduate tuition rate has been reduced up to 55 percent for active-duty servicemembers and reservists. For veterans, the undergraduate tuition rate is reduced up to 38 percent. Reductions are also offered for graduate programs and active-duty military spouses. Kaplan University is regionally accredited† and offers more than 180 online degree and certificate programs. In addition, the University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, and has signed the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) governing military tuition assistance and veterans benefits.
*See University Catalog for Transfer of Credit policy.
†Please see our website for additional information about programmatic and institutional accreditation.
The School of Arts and Sciences
For those who have chosen careers in the public sector and helping professions, let Kaplan University's School of Arts and Sciences support their calling. Programs are designed for people with a passion for driving change or making a difference in the lives of children, individuals with special needs, and communities. We offer degrees in public administration, psychology, human services, early childhood development, and communication. Kaplan University’s practicing faculty members go beyond book knowledge to help prepare you for real-world experiences and keep you up-to-date on current trends and best practices. Coursework is designed to meet high industry standards and several programs focus on educational requirements for select examinations that could lead to certification in certain fields.
Learn online, but not on your own - You can schedule one-on-one meetings with your instructors and advisors, and work and with other students like you around the country and the world.
Receive One-on-One Support - Work one-on-one with an EducationAdvisor who will guide you along your degree plan and help you with any academic issues you may encounter.
Several opportunities to save money and time - You could receive credit for prior eligible coursework and experience, take advantage of accelerated bachelor's to master's degree programs, apply for our College of Public Service scholarship, and more.
Stay true to your passion; let us help you pursue your educational and career goals.
College of Business and Technology
School of Business
A Kaplan University business degree could help you build practical career skills to help increase your marketability. We offer programs in finance, human resources, management, entrepreneurship, and more. Your interactive online courses focus on what’s going on in the world right now so you stay current on everything from business fundamentals to professional strategy skills.
School of Information Technology
Kaplan University bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and certificate programs emphasize practical career skills relevant to the fast-changing world of IT. Our online courses are hands-on, interactive, and built to reflect the latest developments in the field of technology. Undergraduate career focus areas include information systems management, web development, new media/Internet marketing, information security and forensics, project management, and more.
School of Public Safety
Kaplan University's School of Public Safety has helped more than 9,500 graduates achieve their educational goals. We offer one of the largest selections of online public safety degrees and specializations in the areas of criminal justice, fire science, and emergency management. These emphasize practical learning through an engaging curriculum and select internship and externship opportunities. The experience is enhanced by our instructors - industry professionals with diverse backgrounds in public safety and law. We also offer a variety of options that could help reduce the completion time and cost of your degree, including industry-related scholarships, experiential credit, and discounts for IUPA and IAFF members.
Fire Science and Emergency Management
Positions in fire departments and the emergency services industry are typically filled by dynamic individuals. Fire chiefs look for the most qualified candidates to fill managerial and higher-level support roles. Many fire departments may even require a bachelor's degree for promotion. Kaplan University's fire science and emergency service programs are designed to provide you with the education to pursue a leadership role. . And, all of our course work closely follows the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education national curriculum model.
Kaplan University's online programs offer the flexibility to attend class virtually anywhere you have an Internet connection, and the convenience to study anytime, day or night.
School of Graduate Education
Teachers don't just teach, they inspire.
As an educator, you're responsible for building the skills and confidence of individuals to achieve their dreams. Kaplan University's School of Graduate Education offers a variety of programs designed to help educators, trainers, and those in allied professions increase learning success rate and advance in their own careers.
Master of Science in Education is designed to strengthen teaching skills in subject matter areas such as math, science, and literacy in K-12.
Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology integrates technology in the design, utilization, and evaluation of learning processes and resources in classroom or corporate settings.
Master of Science in Educational Psychology focuses on the development and improvement of teaching methods and curricula to effectively reach students with diverse learning needs.
Master of Science in Higher Education offers specializations designed to strengthen expertise and knowledge in highly-relevant growth areas such as online teaching.
Higher Education and Adult Learning
Kaplan University's online higher education programs are designed to help you advance your career in postsecondary education or pursue entrance to the field. The programs offer postsecondary educators and administrators the opportunity to develop skills to help them pursue a higher level of success.
Our online master's degree and certificate programs offer a strong core of courses that could help prepare you to pursue a wide range of positions in various departments of postsecondary institutions including administration, academic affairs, admissions and advising, and student services. Plus, we offer instructional concentration tracks within our Master of Science in Higher Education for those students looking to earn graduate hours in the subject they would like to teach at the postsecondary level.
Earning a master's degree or a graduate certificate in education could help you increase your career options and earning potential. At Kaplan University, we can help you pursue today's opportunities in education, whether you plan to start a teaching career or advance in one.
Kaplan University offers a convenient, flexible, and practical solution for earning your master's degree or certificate online. Many of our instructors are skilled educators and industry professionals who bring real-world experience to the interactive learning environment. Our students complete course work designed to build a strong foundation in teaching methods, and study how to enhance teaching effectiveness and integrate research-based practices into the classroom.
School of Nursing
Kaplan University's School of Nursing offers programs designed for the fast-changing world of health care. We deliver flexible online courses in some of the most sought-after areas of nursing-including informatics, advanced practice nursing, and nursing education.
We bring a tradition of excellence in forward-looking nursing education. For over 20 years, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc. has prepared students for the NCLEX-RN exam-nearly 50,000 nurses since 2010 alone. Kaplan University's dedicated nursing faculty is comprised of experienced professionals who have attained high levels of achievement in their respective fields.
Our CCNE-accredited degree programs combine the convenience of online delivery with hands-on opportunities to practice what you learn in real-world health care settings. Each program's capstone course, completed in your community with the guidance of faculty, is designed to improve your delivery of patient care through practical application.
Whether you are a recently licensed RN looking to expand your professional opportunities or a highly experienced nurse seeking a management, advanced practice nursing, or teaching position, we could help you gain the skills, credentials, and knowledge to pursue your career goals..
School of Health Sciences
Gain a professional edge on the competition in the fastest growing industry by earning your degree in the health sciences. The programs at Kaplan University provide you with real-world knowledge so that you can earn your degree and be qualified to seek licensure in your field. Learn from experienced professionals in the health sciences field and study anytime, anywhere at your convenience. Achieve your professional goals and advance your career.
School of Legal Studies
Kaplan University's School of Legal Studies has helped more than 6,500 graduates achieve their educational goals. We are the country's largest provider of online legal studies programs including paralegal/legal studies, political science, and environmental policy. Each program is designed to provide practical skills that you could immediately apply in your career or serve as a foundation for law school. The curriculum is enhanced by select internship and externship opportunities, and professional instructors - many of whom are attorneys - who bring real-world knowledge into the classroom via engaging, live seminars. We also offer scholarships and experiential credit to eligible students to reduce the completion time and cost of their degree.
Political Science, Public Administration, and Environmental Policy
As the government increasingly impacts the world around us and public policy changes, new employment opportunities may exist at federal, state, and local government levels, as well as in private corporations, environmental organizations, and more. You could make the most of these opportunities with a degree from Kaplan University.
The Kaplan University School of Legal Studies offers several online degree programs that could help you prepare for a career in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Choose from a broad undergraduate degree program like political science, or a more focused area of study like public or environmental policy. Kaplan University also offers public administration and environmental policy programs at the master's level. Because programs are online, you can study on your schedule - and our experienced professors will be there to support you along the way.
 Kaplan University is regionally accredited. See our website for details. Please note that not all programs are offered at all locations.
 Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit. See University Catalog for Transfer of Credit policy. Additional terms and conditions apply to scholarships.
 Kaplan University's programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.
 Undergraduate bachelor's programs. Calculated as 180 quarter credit hours less 20 transfer credits = 160 quarter credit hours x $371.00 quarter credit hour less 20 percent = $11,872.00. Savings may vary by program. Graduate program savings will differ.
 Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.
 The student is responsible for identifying and obtaining approval for an appropriate externship/internship in his or her location.
 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Fire Fighters, www.bls.gov/oco/ocos329.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
 College teaching requirements vary by institution and program. Students are responsible for verifying the requirements to teach in any program or institution of interest.
 Kaplan University makes no representations or warranties as to whether the program meets the specific requirements for any individual state or school system for pay increase purposes or career advancement. Kaplan University encourages its students to independently research the requirements in any state or school system in which they intend to seek a pay increase or a promotion.
 Kaplan University's online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and online Master of Science in Nursing program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036. Tel: 202.887.6791. Recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is dedicated to the accreditation of undergraduate- and graduate-level nursing education programs.
 Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010 Degrees and Certificates Conferred, Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate), on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS.
 While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.