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UMass Global FAQ's

Once approved, Brandman would change its name to UMass Global in 2021. As UMass Global, the university would extend Brandman’s best-in-class programs to nontraditional students who live in Massachusetts and nationwide.

A special message about UMass Global from Chancellor Gary Brahm clear_glass_door_showing_conference_room_daylight_macros

I am pleased to share the good news that Brandman University and the University of Massachusetts are one step closer to forming a strategic partnership. By coming together, the two institutions will leverage the others’ relationships, skills, and expertise to deliver superior online and blended higher education opportunities for working adults throughout the nation. Once approved, Brandman would change its name to University of Massachusetts Global (UMass Global) in 2021.

As UMass Global, the university would extend Brandman’s best-in-class programs to nontraditional students who live in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Enhancing our capacity to serve students on the East Coast would complement our already-strong presence along the West Coast. We believe that an affiliation with UMass is in the best interest of the students we serve. By working together, we could enhance Brandman’s ability to expand upon its reputation for offering innovative academic programs and delivering positive outcomes for nontraditional students.

As UMass Global, we would remain the same university our students know and love. Our focus on high-quality programs for active-duty military, veterans, working adults, and other nontraditional students with busy schedules would remain steadfast. Once approved, Brandman University would leave the Chapman University System to affiliate with UMass and change its name to UMass Global. At this time, new members would be appointed to the Board of Regents to guide the university to even higher levels of success.

We look forward to bringing you more information over the coming months as this exciting relationship between Brandman and UMass progresses. For more information, please see the FAQ below.

Frequently Asked Questions

As updated on March 10, 2021


Would Brandman maintain its essential character?

Yes. The University of Massachusetts Global (UMass Global) would remain the institution the Brandman community knows and loves. It would have the same chancellors, academic and student support leaders, faculty, and staff. As UMass Global, the university would extend Brandman’s best-in-class programs to nontraditional students who live in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

The university would keep its campuses, on-base sites, and offices in California, Oregon, and Washington when a new Board of Regents is installed. Locations are subject to change based on student needs and other considerations.

When will the transition occur?

We anticipate the transition will be in place in 2021.

Would UMass Global be accredited?

Yes. As UMass Global, the institution would remain a WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)-accredited nonprofit institution headquartered in Irvine, California. On Nov. 12, 2020, the WSCUC approved the details of the name change and the election of a new Board of Regents.

What is the difference between UMass Global and UMass Online?

UMass Online serves University of Massachusetts students who have enrolled at online programs offered by the campuses within the UMass system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester/Medical School). The vast majority of UMass Online students take a mixture of online and in-person courses in Massachusetts. UMass Online is not geared toward serving the adult learner. By contrast, Brandman University/UMass Global would be a recognized leader in helping adult learners succeed.

Would the School of Education’s credentialing programs continue in California?

Yes. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing took action on Feb. 12, 2021 to grant its continued approval for the School of Education’s credentialing programs. As UMass Global, credentialing programs would be provided seamlessly after the name change. The commission’s action includes credentialing programs for candidates preparing to serve as California school teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologists, as well as programs for educators pursuing authorizations to teach students who are English learners, on the autism spectrum, or in special education programs. The university’s credentialing programs exclusively prepare candidates for employment in California schools. More information on School of Education programs is available from the 2020-21 Academic Catalog.

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