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  • Protecting Society Is More Than a Career; It’s a Calling

    Public safety professionals provide services that are essential to the survival and well-being of our country-and our world. Kaplan University recognizes and supports the efforts of these dedicated men and women. We have helped thousands earn their degrees, giving them the tools they need to pursue a wide range of rewarding careers.* 

    The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a wide breadth of graduate and undergraduate academic programs designed to develop professionals and leaders in fields that make a difference in response to human and societal causes, issues, and needs. We offer degrees in criminal justice and fire science as well as concentrations designed to build your career in growth areas such as emergency management and homeland security.    

    Fire Science Programs


    Criminal Justice Programs

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         Offering bachelor's
        and associate's degrees in:

    • Fire Science
    • Fire and Emergency Management

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         Offering degrees in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • and more, including certificates 

    Fire Science programs closely follow the FESHE model. In addition, the fire science associate's and bachelor's degree programs are accredited by IFSAC. 

    Though we can't guarantee employment or career advancement, we can teach you the skills to help make you more competitive. Many of our programs can even be customized to support your own personal goals.

    Our Instructors are Public Safety Professionals

    Kaplan University’s faculty members have years of experience in the fields of criminal justice and firefighting. Many are working professionals who truly understand your career requirements and the challenges you face, and offer you real-world perspectives you can respect. 

    Your Experience Could Translate Into College Credit

    Prior Learning - EL203

    Like many students, you may already have valuable knowledge from your job or college courses. At Kaplan University, you have the opportunity to earn college credit for prior coursework, including from police and fire academies, which could reduce the number of credits you need to graduate, saving you time and money. If you enroll in an undergraduate program, you may also receive credit for eligible career or life experience. While no university can guarantee the transferability of credit from these sources, we encourage students to apply for a credit evaluation.

    View the Credit for Prior Learning Page for More Information
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  • Additional academy training and education may be required for law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency management jobs.

  • * Local, state, and federal law enforcement jobs may require additional training or education including additional state-approved higher education beyond Kaplan University's degree. You should fully research the requirements of any such position you intend to seek prior to enrolling in your program. Graduates of Kaplan University criminal justice programs are not eligible to attend police academies in Minnesota.

    Source: O*Net Online, Summary Report for Emergency Management Directors (11-9161.00), Risk Management Specialists (13-2099.02), Security Management Specialists (13-1199.02), Security Managers (11-9199.07), and Transportation Security Screeners (33-9093.00), on the Internet at www.onetonline.org. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. 

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