Kaplan Higher and Professional Education



Kaplan Higher and Professional Education (KHPE) institutions broaden access to postsecondary educational opportunities, focusing largely on traditionally underserved individuals. Through online and campus-based programs, Kaplan strives to prepare students for careers in some of the fastest growing industries. Kaplan Higher and Professional Education is operated by Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses, and is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE:GHC) and its largest division. 

KHPE institutions include:

  • Kaplan University was established in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce.  It was renamed Kaplan College in 2000 and became Kaplan University in 2004 when it began offering master’s degrees. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine amd Wisconsin and Kaplan University Learning Center locations in Missouri and Maryland. 
  • Concord Law School of Kaplan University is the nation’s premier provider of online law degrees. Since opening its virtual doors in 1998, Concord has helped more than 1,500 graduates earn their Juris Doctor (JD) or Executive Juris DoctorSM (EJD) degree. Concord is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
  • Kaplan University’s School of Professional Education (PACE) helps professionals obtain certifications, licensing and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Through live and online instruction, PACE clients can receive accountancy training, business and professional development and information technology training.


Program offerings range from diplomas to graduate and professional degrees. Fields of study include arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, education, health, legal, nursing, public service, technology and trades.


Kaplan Higher and Professional Education currently serves approximately 29,200 online and campus-based students.


The Kaplan Commitment allows students to attend classes for a trial period without incurring any tuition obligation or debt. During this period, students can assess whether the coursework meets their needs before making any investment in their education.


Greg Marino, president and CEO, Kaplan Higher and Professional Education

Betty Vandenbosch, PhD, president, Kaplan University


Each school is accredited by one of several national or regional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


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