University of Massachusetts Global

University of Massachusetts Global (UMass Global), formerly Brandman University, is a private university with 25 campuses throughout California and Washington[5] and a virtual campus. The university offers more than 90 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs for working adults.[6] Brandman was a separate, regionally-accredited university within the Chapman University system.[7] In September 2021, Brandman separated from the Chapman University system, and formed a new affiliation with the University of Massachusetts, UMass Global.[3] UMass Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.[8]

University of Massachusetts Global
Former names
Brandman University
Chapman University College
Chapman College
College of Lifelong Learning
TypePrivate university
Established1958; 64 years ago (1958) (as Chapman University College)[1]
ChancellorDavid W. Andrews
ProvostLaurie G. Dodge
Academic staff
912 (full-time and part-time)[2]
Administrative staff
StudentsApproximately 23,000 annually[3][4]
Location, ,
United States
CampusMultiple campuses (25 in California and Washington, 1 virtual)[5]
ColorsBlue & Red

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

Brandman Faculty and Staff, Irvine, CA


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

Chapman UniversityEdit

The institutional history of UMass Global history began in 1958, when faculty from then-Chapman College first delivered on-base classes at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Orange County, California. After expanding education services to additional military facilities, Chapman formed a Division of Residence Education Centers to manage its operations. The centers evolved into the College of Lifelong Learning, which became Chapman University College in 2001. Chapman University College was incorporated in 2008.[9] In 2009, the university was renamed Brandman University after a substantial donation from the Joyce and Saul Brandman Foundation.[10][11]

University of MassachusettsEdit

In September 2021, Brandman affiliated with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) via a change of control agreement and rebranded as UMass Global.[12][13] The development followed UMass' announcement two years prior that it would launch an online affiliate.[14][3] The arrangement calls for Chapman to receive $96 million from UMass Global, with disbursements to be made over a 10-year term. UMass Global has also agreed to buy its Irvine, California, campus for $37 million.[15] There will be leadership and oversight overlap between the UMass Board of Regents and that of UMass Global.[16]

UMass Global still has a presence on military bases, with campuses at Naval Base Kitsap,[17] Naval Air Station Lemoore,[18] Joint Base Lewis–McChord,[19] Travis Air Force Base,[20] and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.[21] While the Brandman name was still in use, Military Times ranked the university as one of the nation’s “Best for Vets” for 2021.[22]

As of September 2021, UMass Global had 23,000 students online and in person, with the majority being on the West Coast.[3][5]


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.

UMass Global uses a curriculum model known as iDEAL (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning).[23] and all of its faculty positions are non-tenured.[24]

The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission[8] and is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).[25] Additionally, the School of Nursing and Health Professions follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) standards. Teacher training programs offered through the School of Education are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)[26] and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[27] The undergraduate social work program is accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).[28]


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  13. ^ Lisinski, Chris (2 September 2021). "UMass eyes bigger online education footprint with new brand - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
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  23. ^ "Brandman University | Non-profit Accredited University Degree Programs in California & Washington". 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  24. ^ Faion, Paul. "New College, New Model". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  25. ^ "". 2011-04-12. Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  26. ^ "CTC Accreditation Cohorts by Institution" (PDF). 2011-04-12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  27. ^ "Impact the Lives of Students". 2016-05-10. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
  28. ^ "Bachelor's in Social Work - BASW - Brandman University". Retrieved 17 December 2017.

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