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    Social and Behavioral Sciences Degree and Certificate Programs in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

    An education in the helping professions is ideal for those who choose to dedicate themselves to fields where they can positively impact and influence others.

    Earning a degree in the arts and sciences could help equip you with general knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills, and intellectual capacities applicable to a variety of career paths. The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a number of degrees in areas such as public administration, psychology, human services, early childhood development, and communications.

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    Master's Degrees

    Master of Public Administration

    The core curriculum teaches you how to evaluate, implement, and manage policy and spans diverse topics including public administration and management, ethics and leadership, budgeting and the administration of public funds, strategic planning, and applied research. Additionally, the program offers you the flexibility to pursue a general Master of Public Administration or to focus on an intensive study area in health care management, governmental management, disaster and emergency management, or criminal justice.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 55

    Time to Complete: 2 to 2.5 years (full-time)

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    Master of Science in Educational Psychology

    Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology teaches you how to build, implement, and evaluate instructional regimens that are both competitive and educationally effective. You’ll receive training in the latest instructional techniques, technologies, educational trends, and learning behaviors.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 52

    Time to Complete: 18 months to 2 years (full-time)

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    Master of Science in Human Services

    The Master of Science in Human Services program is designed for professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life for all people in the growing field of human services. Earning this degree can help you advance in a position or pursue a leadership career within the human services field.

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 45

    Time to Complete: 18 months or less (full-time)

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    Master of Science in Psychology

    Pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology from Kaplan University offers you a unique opportunity to blend the rich, academic tradition of psychology with exciting, contemporary applications of the science. You will focus on the processes that underlie the individual human experience and behavior, as well as core knowledge, theories, and research in the field. You may select one of four areas of specialization—general psychology, addictions, applied behavioral analysis, or industrial/organizational psychology.

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 65 or 70

    Time to Complete: 2 years or less (full-time)

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    Bachelor's Degrees

    Bachelor of Science in Communication

    Through a combination of theory and application, this program is designed to help you develop strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills applicable in any career field. The Bachelor of Science in Communication curriculum emphasizes writing and speaking skills, group dynamics, team building, and resolving complex issues that arise in the workplace. You could also gain an understanding the effects of technology, government and industry regulation, and legal and ethical issues in communication.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration

    The course curriculum of Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Administration program blends theory and practice, and provides a general education foundation in ethics, critical thinking, and communication skills to support leadership roles and responsibilities in diverse environments.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Human Services

    The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a rewarding career in a wide variety of helping professions. Students are taught to develop their talents, assess clients’ needs, identify community resources, and problem solve and advocate for their client—all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of those unable to help themselves. 

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only) 

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

    We invite you to choose a combination of courses from a number of disciplines in our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree program. This program is unique because it gives you the opportunity to transfer previously earned credits from an accredited college or university, or design a program of study based on a sequence of selected elective courses. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions

    Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions are designed to help you understand the nature of addiction and clinical disorders to help in your professional work with clients and focus on using the scientific approach to problem solving to evaluate behavior and mental processes while applying psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis

    This program is designed to prepare you to pursue careers working with children and adults struggling with behaviors ranging from difficulty with everyday social interactions to various disorders including autism spectrum disorders, and other mental health challenges.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or a blend of online and onsite instruction (Davenport, IA campus students)

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    This program provides foundational preparation for a variety of roles in business, government, and non-profit organizations utilizing rigor and methods of psychology as applied to issues of critical relevance and to organizational effectiveness.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or a blend of online and onsite instruction

    Total Degree Credits: 180

    Time to Complete: 4 years (full-time)

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    Certificates

    Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    Planning to build your competencies in psychology? Kaplan University’s postbaccalaureate certificate is designed for motivated professionals like you. If you already possess a bachelor’s degree, earning this certificate could help you prepare to advance or diversify within this field.

    The curriculum includes five courses that focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. You’ll also explore behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    Developed specifically for early childhood professionals working with and supporting young children, the certificate is based on current research in the field of autism and coursework focuses on applied theory, ethics, and professionals in various education and support settings. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 24

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    Graduate Certificate in Addictions

    Kaplan University’s Graduate Certificate in Addictions is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue employment or career advancement as an addiction professional. Courses in the program focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 40

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    Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    As part of our comprehensive portfolio of psychology offerings that help build professionals and leaders in this field, our graduate certificate program in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to broaden the working professional’s knowledge to apply the principles of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology in business and organizational settings.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30

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    Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services

    The Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services is designed for individuals who want to pursue a position in the field of human services. Consider this program if you have a goal of making a difference in the lives of others, including children and families. The curriculum will introduce you to child and family services and provide basic skills and general knowledge.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 43

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    Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services

    The Human Services Certificate in Elder Care Services is designed for individuals who wish to enter the field of gerontology with a basic foundation centered on working with the older adult population. Earning this certificate can help students secure a first position or assist with a potential promotion in the field.

    Learning Method: Online 

    Total Degree Credits: 43

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    Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis

    If you’re interested expanding your competencies in psychology, Kaplan University’s postgraduate certificate program is designed for motivated professionals like you. This program emphasizes the understanding of behavioral concepts and theories as well as their application to special populations. If you already possess a master’s degree, earning this certificate could help you prepare to advance or diversify within this field.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 35

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    Single Courses

    Certain courses offered by Kaplan University are available to nondegree-seeking participants. Upon successful completion of a course, the participant may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Kaplan University if the course for which the student is seeking to transfer the credits earned is part of the Kaplan University degree program.

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