A Look at Kaplan University's Online Master's Degree Programs

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Kaplan University was founded in 1937, giving it over 70 years of experience and reputation. KU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Its sister college, Concord Law School, also is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

For a further understanding of accreditation, please see How to Avoid Unaccredited Degrees.

Degrees Offered

KU offers a variety of degrees online:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Higher Education
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing

From their main website, you will find a great feature called, “My Backpack.” This feature allows you to research and compare programs at KU. This includes a 24/7 live chat with one of their admission advisers, application, and a form to request more information. This is an amazing feature since on many sites one has to search throughout the entire site to pull basic information.

Toward the bottom of the homepage there is also another great feature that allows potential students to take a virtual tour. When you take the tour, a narrator introduces each section: learning, communication and organization. She discusses the importance of each and how KU can help you with it. The closed captioning option is perfect for those with auditory limitations or people who don’t have speakers. I strongly suggest anyone interested in KU or an online degree to take this virtual tour!

Under the tab “Academic Programs” you can click on the master’s degree program you are interested in and it will take you to another page that outlines the important aspects of what the program entails including required courses and discusses career opportunities that are available after obtaining the degree.


The cost per credit hour varies per program, ranging from $350 to $420. The total cost of tuition ranges from $16,800-$25,200. Please note that these costs may have changed since the publication of this article.

Each program has different expectations and schedules; however, KU boasts that their “programs are designed to fit even the most demanding schedules.” To see if KU really can cater to your schedule and your budget, you should speak to one of their admission advisers and visit the academic tab to check out the degree program’s specifications.