The Social and Behavioral Sciences programs are designed for people with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our business degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your business career to a higher level.
Whether you want to enter the field of criminal justice or need credentials to advance your career, Kaplan University's criminal justice degree programs are designed to help you achieve your goal.
Our degree programs and certificates could help prepare you to teach diverse learners a broad range of academic content and educational foundations.
Our comprehensive fire science programs offer the flexibility of online learning, ideal for individuals in the fire science and emergency management fields who may work inconsistent hours.
You could acquire real-world knowledge and practical skills and prepare for a career in the health care industry by earning a health sciences degree, diploma, or certificate.
Our programs in legal studies, paralegal studies, and environmental policy are designed to fit your educational goals.
Our nursing degree and certificate programs are taught by practicing professionals who are dedicated to helping you prepare for real-world challenges in nursing.
Kaplan University's IT programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to start or advance your technology career.
Kaplan University offers over 180 degree and certificate programs all available to military, veterans, and spouses of active duty members. In addition, several programs have been developed to complement specific military occupations or programs established by the military.
The Kaplan University School of General Education courses support the academic, social, personal, and professional development of learners throughout their engagement with the University.
Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) offers individualized, affordable education that integrates technology and personalized service to help learners meet their career, academic, and personal goals.
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Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).For more information, visit their website at hlcommission.org. Use the links under "Contact Us" to reach the Commission.
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Social and Behavioral Sciences
Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) has approved Kaplan University’s undergraduate applied behavior analysis as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® Examination and the graduate applied behavior analysis course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® Examination.
To become certified, students will need to obtain the necessary number of hours of field experience under an appropriate supervisor, as required by the BACB, meet additional degree and practicum requirements, and must also pass the comprehensive BACB exam. BACB can be contacted at:Behavior Analyst Certification Board8051 Shaffer ParkwayLittleton, CO 80127Tel: 720.438.4321
Kaplan University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has received programmatic accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) for the following programs:
International Fire Service Accreditation CongressIFSAC Administrative Office1812 Tyler AvenueStillwater, OK 74078
Business and Management
Programs in the School of Business and Information Technology have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation includes all of Kaplan University’s business degree programs, excluding its Master of Science in Finance. ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs11520 West 119th StreetOverland Park, KS 66213Tel: 913.339.9356Fax: 913.339.6226 www.acbsp.org
Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in financial planning is a CFP Board-Registered Program in financial planning education. The Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in financial planning meets the specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification. Individuals who meet CFP Board's education requirement are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Successful completion of the education and examination components completes two of the core prerequisites to obtain CFP® certification.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the following programs fully align with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates:
The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines—created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013—are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.
The Program Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) has granted accreditation to the following Kaplan University School of Business and Information Technology graduate programs:
To access the School of Business Performance Metrics, click here.
The Iowa certification track of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education for the secondary teaching concentration area:Grimes State Office Building400 East 14th StreetDes Moines, IA 50319-0146Tel: 515.281.5296
The Medical Assistant Certificate program offered on campus in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines, Iowa, and in the states of Maine, Maryland, and Nebraska is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB): Commission on Accreditation of Allied HealthEducation Programs25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158Clearwater, FL 33763Tel: 727.210.2350Website: www.caahep.orgThe campuses in Iowa, Maine, Maryland, and Nebraska transferred accreditation from the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting to the Medical Assistant Certificate on September 24, 2015. The campus in Hagerstown, Maryland, voluntarily withdrew accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting in May 2015. All students currently enrolled in the associate’s degree program will graduate from the CAAHEP-accredited program. The campus in Mason City, Iowa, voluntarily withdrew accreditation for the certificate program in February 2016. All students currently enrolled in the associate’s degree or certificate program will graduate from a CAAHEP-accredited program.
The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology program offered online is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM can be contacted at:223 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150Chicago, IL 60601Tel: 312.233.1100
In order to sit for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) professional exams, students must successfully complete a formal educational program accredited by CAHIIM. AHIMA exams are not required for all career paths—it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to determine state and federal licensure and accreditation requirements.
The campus in Hagerstown, Maryland, voluntarily withdrew programmatic approval in May of 2016 through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):
5600 North River Road, Suite 720Rosemont, IL 60018Tel: 773.714.8880
All students currently enrolled in the Hagerstown campus program will graduate from the NAACLS-approved program.
The Dental Assistant Diploma program offered onsite in Omaha is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at:211 East Chicago AvenueChicago, IL 60611Tel: 312.440.4653
The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN program, the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered in Maine, and the online Master of Science in Nursing program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530Washington, DC 20036Tel: 202.887.6791
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN program and the Master of Science in Nursing program offered online and the Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite at Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offered online has received interim approval:Iowa Board of Nursing400 SW 8th Street, Suite BDes Moines, IA 50309-4685Tel: 515.281.3255
The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Augusta is granted initial approval by the Maine State Board of Nursing:161 Capitol Street158 State House StationAugusta, ME 04333-0158Tel: 207.287.1133
The Practical Nursing Diploma program and the Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Omaha, and the Associate of Science in Nursing program offered onsite in Lincoln are approved by the Nebraska Board of Nursing and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services can be contacted at:Nebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesRegulation and LicensurePO Box 95007Lincoln, NE 68509-5007
Kaplan University is recognized by the U.S. Fire Administration as an official Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education institution:
16825 South Seton AvenueEmmitsburg, MD 21727Tel: 301.447.1000Fax: 301.447.1346Website: www.usfa.fema.gov/
Select a state to learn more about additional approvals and accreditations and/or restrictions applicable to students living in those states.
Kaplan University has been granted a Certificate of Approval by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least 3 years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P–12 school system(s). Website: www.alsde.edu
Kaplan University is exempt from authorization in Alaska under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because it offers programs online and does not have a physical presence in the state.
Kaplan University is certified to offer online degree programs by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.
Kaplan University is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, license number 3296. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission: 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400Tel: 888.224.6684 (Toll Free)
Kaplan University has operating authority granted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Board:431 East Adams, 2nd FloorSpringfield, IL 62701Tel: 217.782.2551
Kaplan University is regulated by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education:
The Indiana Board for Proprietary EducationIndiana Commission for Higher Education101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670Indianapolis, IN 46204Tel: 800.227.5695 (Toll Free)Tel: 317.232.1320
Kaplan University is authorized by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission:
Iowa College Student Aid Commission430 East Grand Avenue, 3rd FloorDes Moines, IA 50309Tel: 877.272.4456, option 4 (Toll Free)
Online Student Complaint Form: https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/constituent-request-review
Qualified students of the University are eligible to receive Iowa state tuition grants.
Kaplan University is approved by the Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Iowa Private Industry Area Council.
Kaplan University is approved by the Kansas Board of
Kansas Board of Regents1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520Topeka, KS 66612-1368Tel: 785.296.3421Fax: 785.296.0983Website: www.kansasregents.org
Kaplan University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Council:
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320Frankfort, KY 40601Tel: 502.573.1555Fax: 502.573.1535
www.cpe.ky.govNote: The Master of Science in Higher Education degree is not recognized for rank change for K–12 teachers in Kentucky.
Kaplan University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every 2 years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, or signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
The Augusta, Lewiston, and South Portland campuses are approved by the state of Maine to offer the following degrees, which are authorized by the state of Maine legislature:
The Hagerstown campus is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as coeducational, nonpublic institution of higher education offering bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificate programs.
Kaplan University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer fully online distance education programs listed in the Catalog:Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)6 North Liberty Street, 10th FloorBaltimore, MD 21201Tel: 410.260.4500
Kaplan University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350St. Paul, MN 55108-5227
Kaplan University is certified to operate by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education:3515 Amazonas DriveJefferson City, MO 65109Tel: 573.751.2361www.dhe.mo.gov
Kaplan University is authorized by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission:140 North 8th Street, Suite 300Lincoln, NE 68509-5005Tel: 402.471.2847
Kaplan University is licensed to operate by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to offer degree programs containing an experiential or clinical component. The state does not require licensing of online programs that do not contain an experiential/clinical component. CPE renews licenses every 2 years.
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202Las Vegas, NV 89120Tel: 702.486.7330Fax: 702.486.7340
Kaplan University has applied for licensure. Its approval is pending.New Mexico Higher Education Department2048 Galisteo StreetSanta Fe, NM 87505-2100Tel: 505.476.8400Fax: 505.476.8453www.hed.state.nm.us
Kaplan University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. In order to view detailed completion information on the programs offered by Kaplan University, please visit www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institution Data button. Any grievances not resolved on the institutional level may be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission:
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900Nashville, TN 37243-0830Tel: 615.741.5293www.tn.gov/thec
Specific School of Education master’s degrees are not recognized for initial licensure in Tennessee and cannot be used to add endorsement areas to a Tennessee license. Potential students are strongly encouraged to confirm salary rating and license renewal policies with their school district and/or state department, when applicable.
Benefits for Tennessee K–12 teachers enrolled in the Master of Science in Education or Master of Science in Education’s educational leadership concentration include:
Benefits for career changers enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching’s noncertification track include:
Benefits of the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology include:
* Potential students should check with their school district and/or the Tennessee Department of Education prior to enrollment.
Kaplan University is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:1200 East Anderson LaneAustin, TX 78711Tel: 512.427.6200
Kaplan University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Kaplan University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The WSAC may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the WSAC does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at:
P.O. Box 43430Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Kaplan University is registered with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy CommissionWest Virginia Community and Technical College System1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700Charleston, WV 25301
Kaplan University is authorized by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. Any questions or concerns about this school that have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the school should be directed to the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board:210 West Washington Avenue, 3rd FloorMadison, WI 53703Tel: 608.266.1996
Kaplan University also holds additional approvals and authorizations.
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