Kaplan University Online

Kaplan University Online

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Originally named the American Institute of Commerce and based in Davenport, Iowa, this venerable business training school was purchased by the Kaplan test preparation juggernaut in November 2000 and promptly re-arranged into Kaplan University. The transformation since the merger has been thorough and complete, with over 40,000 online and campus-based students pursing associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees through Kaplan. The university offers more than a dozen different career training regimens, as well as Masters of Science degrees in business, education and criminal justice. Some of its degree-granting programs can be completed in as little as a year.

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities.

Points of Distinction

Kaplan university is known for the following:

  • Extensive, diverse online study offerings including graduate and undergraduate degree programs
  • Degrees available in as few as twelve months
  • Ranked #79 by U.S. News & World Report for best online bachelor's degree programs
  • 11 on-campus locations in 4 states
  • Professional and doctoral degrees also available online
  • Small class sizes


Kaplan University employs professors with long-standing exposure to both the theory and practice of business, as well as real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Due to the small class sizes, faculty at the university are able to work directly with each of their students. Class sizes average about 22 students for undergraduate courses and 17 for graduate-level studies.

Student Life

Most of the students at Kaplan University are adult learners. Of the over 40,000 students registered through Kaplan, 94% of them complete their coursework online. Additionally, campus-based students take 61% of their courses in an online format. Kaplan University offers a wide range of co-curricular activities that include student organizations, student life workshops, and a student advisory board. Nearly 5,900 students take part in at least one of these activities. According to a student capstone poll, 88% of students said Kaplan offered support to keep their program requirements in line with changing life situations.


  1. Kaplan University History, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/about/history.aspx
  2. Kaplan University Facts and the Annual Report, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/about/annual-report.aspx
  3. Kaplan University Academic Programs, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/academic-programs.aspx
  4. Kaplan University Bachelor's Program Overview, U.S. News & World Report, http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/kaplan-university-4586/bachelors
  5. Kaplan University Faculty, Kaplan University, http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/faculty.aspx

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Programs of Study

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(Note: Not all programs are necessarily available at all locations.)

Basic Skills

  • Education - Teaching Literacy and Language: Grades K-6
  • Education - Teaching Literacy and Language: Grades 6-12

Business And Management

  • Management - Change Leadership
  • Management - Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Information Technology - Project Management
  • Business Administration
  • Advanced Start BS in Accounting
  • Accounting
  • Accounting : Auditing-Forensic Accountancy
  • Advanced Start BS in Business Administration
  • Management - Human Resources
  • Management - Project Management
  • Management
  • Accounting - Public Accountancy
  • Accounting : Government-Nonprofit Accountancy
  • Accounting - Tax Accountancy
  • Accounting - Managerial Accountancy

Computer Science And Engineering

  • Introduction to Computer Programming Language
  • Information Technology - Information Security and Forensics
  • Information Technology - Database Management
  • Information Technology - New Media/Internet Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology - Application Development
  • Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Information Technology Pathway
  • Information Technology - Web Development
  • Internet and Website Development
  • Advanced Start BS in Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management

  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Advanced Start BS in Environmental Policy and Management

Education And Teaching

  • Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • Higher Education
  • Education - Teaching Mathematics: Grades 9-12
  • Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • Education - Teaching with Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Educational Paraprofessional
  • Education - Teaching Mathematics: Grades K-5
  • Education - Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Early Childhood Development
  • Education - Teaching Science: Grades 6-12
  • Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • Education - Teaching Mathematics: Grades 6-8
  • Education
  • Teaching—Nationwide (Outside Iowa), Noncertification
  • Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • Teaching—Iowa Certification
  • Education - Teaching Science: Grades K-6

Family And Social Work

  • Advanced Start BS in Health and Wellness
  • Human Services
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Advanced Start BS in Public Administration and Policy
  • Human Services - Child and Family Welfare
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Services - Human Services Administration
  • Advanced Start BS in Human Services


  • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate
  • Legal Studies - State and Local Government
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Law
  • Advanced Start BS in Legal Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Legal Studies - Health Care Delivery
  • Legal Secretary
  • Advanced Start BS in Paralegal Studies
  • Legal Studies - Education and the Legal System
  • Legal Studies - Legal System and the Media

Liberal Arts

  • Communication - Technical Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Political Science
  • Advanced Start BS in Political Science
  • Advanced Start BS in Professional Studies
  • Liberal Studies


  • Advanced Start BS in Communication
  • Communication - Organizational Communication
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Communication
  • Communication

Medical Administration

  • Public Health - Health Education
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Technology - Health Informatics
  • Health Care Administration
  • Medical Office Management
  • Management - Health Care Management
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Transcription
  • Advanced Start BS in Health Care Administration

Medical Support And Technology

  • Health Science
  • Medical Assisting
  • Advanced Start BS in Health Science


  • Public Health
  • Public Health - Public Health Program Development
  • Human Services - Gerontology
  • Advanced Start BS in Public Health

Nursing And Emergency Medicine

  • Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • RN-to-Nursing Option
  • Nursing
  • Nursing - Nurse Administrator

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy

  • Advanced Start BS in Nutrition Science
  • Nutrition Science


  • Public Health - Epidemiology

Security And Law Enforcement

  • Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Justice Administration and Management
  • Advanced Start BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Management
  • Fire Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Computer Crime
  • Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Criminal Justice - Leadership and Executive Management
  • Criminal Justice - Policing
  • Criminal Justice - Crime Scene Investigation
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Fire and Emergency Management
  • Fire Science
  • Advanced Start BS in Criminal Justice
  • Management and Supervision in Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Start BS in Fire and Emergency Management
  • Advanced Start BS in Fire Science
  • Criminal Justice - Homeland Security
  • Corrections
  • Private Security
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Global Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Law
  • Advanced Start BS in International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Therapy And Counseling

  • Psychology - Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Psychology
  • Advanced Start BS in Psychology
  • Psychology - Child Development
  • Psychology - Addictions
  • Psychology - General Psychology
  • Psychology - Substance Abuse

Kaplan University Online Degrees or Coursework

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Degrees or Coursework

  • Associate
  • Bachelor
  • Certificate
  • Executive Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor
  • Master
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