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Kaplan University Introducesthe Bachelor of Science in Finance Degree to its Business Program

Jul. 30, 2015

Growth in financial services job sector provides impetus for new program

DAVENPORT, Iowa – July 30, 2015- Financial services job prospects are on the rise, creating a demand for professionals at every level of the workforce. To help students gain the necessary skills to enter this job market, Kaplan University has introduced the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree. The new program complements the Master of Science in Finance degree already being offered by Kaplan University through its School of Business and Information Technology (IT).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook, job prospects for several financial services positions – such as personal financial advisors, financial analysts and financial managers— are projected to increase at a rate faster than the national average over the next decade. Moreover, these positions are ideally suited for candidates with a bachelor’s degree.

“The Bachelor of Science in Finance serves our students as an essential academic foundation for graduates that will open doors for them to meet this demand for qualified financial professionals,” said Thomas Boyd, Ph.D., dean of Kaplan University’s School of Business and IT. “Whereas the master’s program serves current practitioners seeking to elevate their financial acumen for career advancement, the bachelor’s program prepares students choosing to pursue a career path in the financial sector for the first time.”

Bachelor of Science in Finance

The Bachelor of Science in Finance program provides students with a technical background on which to build a solid skill set to enter the financial industry. Students will develop an understanding of the factors that influence financial decision making and will be provided with opportunities to develop and implement their critical thinking skills. The program will include six specializations: investments, wealth management, insurance, real estate, general finance, and an accelerated Master of Science in Finance (MSF) option.

As with the master’s program, the Bachelor of Science in Finance will be supported by the resources of the Center for Excellence in Financial Services. This online Center is a portal to featured content curated by the finance and accounting faculty at the School of Business and Information that is focused on high-demand disciplines including accounting, investment and wealth management, financial planning, real estate, risk management and insurance. It provides access to real-world insights from experts, industry certification and licensing information that can be useful for professional development. Additionally, it serves as a comprehensive platform for professionals, students and scholars alike, to share news, trends, ideas and best practices in these disciplines.

To learn more about the finance program, visit the School of Business and IT catalog at: http://catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu/BS_Finance.aspx.

To learn more about the Center for Excellence in Financial Services, visit: http://www.kaplanuniversity.edu/center-for-excellence.aspx.

At this time, if you reside in one of the following states you may not enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Finance: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee, or Wisconsin.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). Kaplan University serves approximately 42,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com.

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