Kaplan University awards a range of credentials, from certificates to master’s degrees, via campuses and learning centers in Iowa, Nebraska, Maine, and Maryland, as well as online. Through its distance learning program, students can take classes from educators all over the world. The university also offers a complement to its onsite library services through its online library, which gives students access to more than 50,000 e-books.
Kaplan offers 170 degrees and programs. Areas of study include arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, education, health sciences, legal studies, nursing, and technology. Students can earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional certificates, through Kaplan. Non-degree seekers can also take single classes through the school for personal or professional reasons. Some programs do offer externships for real-world experience.
Kaplan University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It has held this distinction since 1997.
To apply to any Kaplan program, prospective students must fill out an enrollment agreement, complete financial arrangements prior to starting class, attend an information interview, and be able to speak, read, and write English fluently. There are additional requirements by program, too. For undergraduate programs, applicants must submit their official high school transcript or GED scores and pass an entrance exam. For graduate programs, applicants must submit a transcript showing they earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. All first-time Kaplan students are considered conditionally admitted to the school and are fully admitted once it’s determined they meet Kaplan’s criteria for acceptance.