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Brandman University

Coordinates: 33°39′21.631″N 117°46′8.527″W / 33.65600861°N 117.76903528°W / 33.65600861; -117.76903528

Brandman University
Former names
Chapman University College
Chapman College Residence Education Center Program
Established1958 (as Chapman University College)[1]
ChairmanDavid A. Janes
ChancellorGary Brahm [2]
Vice-ChancellorCharles Bullock
Board SecretaryJames Roszak
Academic staff
1575 (full-time and part-time)[2]
Administrative staff
StudentsApproximately 11,000 annually[2]
UndergraduatesApproximately 4,000 annually
PostgraduatesApproximately 6,000 annually
Location, ,
CampusMultiple Campuses (26 in California and Washington + online)[2]
ColorsMaroon & Gold 
Brandman Faculty and Staff, Irvine, CA

Brandman University is a private, non-profit regionally accredited institution that provides educational opportunities for working adults. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington,[3] and a virtual campus online. The university offers more than 50 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs in business, arts and sciences, health and education.[2]

Brandman is a separate, fully accredited university within the Chapman University System.[4] Gary Brahm is the appointed Chancellor of Brandman University.


Mayor Larry Agran, Irvine, Chancellor Brahm, Joyce Brandman and Former Chapman University President Jim Doti.

In 1958, Brandman was established by Chapman University in Orange, California that was founded in 1861. Formerly named Chapman University College, Brandman's original purpose was delivering education to the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, California. In 2009, it was renamed Brandman University after a substantial donation from the Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation.[5][6]


Brandman is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)[7] and is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).[8] Additionally, the School of Nursing and Health Professions follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) standards and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[7] Teacher training programs offered through the School of Education are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) [9] and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)]].[10] The undergraduate social work program is accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).[11]

Rankings and awardsEdit

U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs rankings have included Brandman University since the rankings began in 2012. The university consistently ranks well in under graduate, graduate business, graduate education and MBA programs.[12]

Military friendlyEdit

Brandman is a "Military-Friendly School" according to G.I. Jobs Magazine and[13] and a Yellow Ribbon School.[14] Brandman University offers reduced tuition rates for active military, their spouses and dependents. Brandman has campuses on military bases at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor,[15] Naval Air Station Lemoore,[16] Joint Base Lewis-McChord,[17] Travis Air Force Base,[18] and the Navy Campus Education Center at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.[19]


Brandman offers a curriculum model known as iDEAL (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning).[20] According to a study by the Lumina Foundation, iDEAL addresses both the flexibility and learning methodology preferred by adult learners.[21] iDEAL combines traditional classroom instruction with e-learning activities.[22] Courses are available as hybrid (combined in-person and online formats), fully online or competency-based via Brandman MyPath.[23]


The university offers degree programs through five schools: The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions; School of Education; School of Business and Professional Studies; School of Arts and Sciences; and School of Extended Education.


The university has more than 100,000 alumni primarily working in Education, Business and Leadership positions. Distinguished alumni include local and regional Teachers of the Year, a Fulbright Scholar, state and congressional representatives and high-ranking military officers.[24]

  • Chauncey Veatch – 2002 Teacher of the Year[25]
  • Cindy Smith – Recipient of the 2011 PublicCEO Service to California Award[26]
  • Janice Voshall – Recipient of the 2011 PublicCEO Service to California Award[26]

Campus locationsEdit


  1. ^ "History | Brandman University". 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Fact Sheet | Brandman University" (PDF). 2014-04-18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Locations | Brandman University". 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  4. ^ "About | Brandman University". 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  5. ^ "Brandman University History" Archived 2017-09-17 at the Wayback Machine retrieved September 17, 2017
  6. ^ Jewish Journal: "Joyce Brandman: Ensuring a legacy of giving" by Julie Gruenbaum September 22, 2010
  7. ^ a b "Western Association of Schools and Colleges". 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  8. ^ "". 2011-04-12. Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  9. ^ "CTC Accreditation Cohorts by Institution" (PDF). 2011-04-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  10. ^ "Impact the Lives of Students". 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  11. ^ "Bachelor's in Social Work - BASW - Brandman University". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Brandman University". Military Friendly Schools. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  14. ^ "Yellow Ribbon Program Schools in Washington for School Year 2010-2011". 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  15. ^ "Bangor NBK | Brandman University". Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  16. ^ "Brandman University Lemoore NAS". 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  17. ^ "Brandman University JBLM McChord". 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  18. ^ "Travis AFB | Brandman University". 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  19. ^ "Whidbey Island NAS | Brandman University". 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  20. ^ "Brandman University | Non-profit Accredited University Degree Programs in California & Washington". 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  21. ^ "What We Know About Adult Learners". Lumina Foundation. 2011-04-18. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  22. ^ "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Education" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  23. ^ "Brandman University - Accredited Online College Degrees - CA & WA". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Chauncey Veatch - DLA". 2002-04-24. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  25. ^ "Chauncey Veatch - DLA". 2002-04-24. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  26. ^ a b "California State Association of Counties". 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2014-04-18.

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