PMI Global Accreditation Center Accredits Kaplan University Project Management Programs

Kaplan University today announced that School of Business project management degrees have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

DAVENPORT, Iowa (October 9, 2014) — Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced that School of Business project management degrees have been accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

GAC accreditation status has been conferred upon the following degree programs through August 2017:

• Master of Business Administration (MBA), Project Management Specialization
• Master of Science in Management (MSM), Project Management Specialization

“Project management has transitioned from a responsibility to a career as more organizations use teams and project-based methods to accomplish business goals,” said Dr. Thomas Boyd, dean and vice president of the School of Business and Information Technology. “We are proud to earn this recognition from the GAC Board, which further validates our commitment to project management educational excellence that will continue to prepare graduates to meet employer demands.”

Established by PMI in 2001, GAC is a specialized body that accredits bachelor’s, postgraduate and doctorate programs in project management. Degree programs that achieve GAC accreditation must demonstrate and meet the GAC’s rigorous standards of accreditation, which include an assessment of each program’s objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, onsite and online resources, annual self-evaluation, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education. GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.

Kaplan University’s project management specialization programs cover the life cycle of project phases and processes as advocated by GAC core learning outcomes and PMI as defined in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®. The MBA Project Management specialization examines how to analyze and streamline complex, large-scale endeavors to develop efficient project plans. The MSM Project Management specialization focuses on planning, executing and controlling phases of a project life cycle to increase the bottom line for organizations.

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 ( Kaplan University serves approximately 44,500 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., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 61,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in over 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. When organizations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence their important initiatives deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Learn more at

About the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management
Education Programs (GAC)
Established by the PMI Board of Directors in 2001, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) is a specialized accrediting body that assures the quality of project management degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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