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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


  • 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.

  • We anticipate the transition will be in place in 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Students and Alumni

  • Yes. Brandman/UMass Global would remain the institution students know and love with the same chancellors, academic and student support leaders, faculty, and staff. This transition would not change the fundamental experience that Brandman students currently enjoy.

    Brandman students would automatically become UMass Global students. Currently-enrolled Brandman students would not need to reapply to UMass Global.

  • Brandman is not changing its academic offerings as a result of the UMass Global transition. Academic programs are subject to being updated or changed in response to student demand, labor market dynamics, and other factors. Please see the 2021-22 Academic Catalog for more information.

    UMass Global would also continue to offer competency-based programs delivered under the Brandman MyPath™ banner. The Brandman MyPath™ name would be subject to change.

  • No. As UMass Global, the university would have the same admissions requirements.Tuition and fees will not change as a result of the UMass Global transition. Please see the Tuition and Fees section in the 2021-22 Academic Catalog to view announced rates.

    The university may alter its admissions requirements and tuition rates in response to changes in student and labor market demands. Admission to UMass Global would not confer admission to a UMass system campus (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, or Lowell).

  • Brandman has traditionally hosted ceremonies in Central, Northern and Southern California, as well as in Washington State. As UMass Global, the university would continue to host ceremonies in these regions. Students looking forward to ceremonies taking place in California or Washington would not be asked to travel to Massachusetts for commencement. As Massachusetts residents join the UMass Global family and complete their studies, future commencements would be planned accordingly.

    Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the university plans to host two ceremonies in fall 2021, one in Sacramento and the other in Irvine. Additional information is published on the university's commencement website.

  • Students who enrolled under a Brandman University course catalog may request either a Brandman University or UMass Global diploma upon graduation.

    Alumni, who hold a Brandman diploma, may request a UMass Global diploma. Brandman is developing a process for managing requests for new diplomas. If interested, check back at a later time for updates to this page.

  • No. This process would not result in changes to Brandman University partnerships. Partnership agreements will remain intact, including but not limited to those with Guild Education and U.S. employers providing tuition assistance; transfer agreements with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and other colleges; arrangements with school districts, hospitals, and public agencies supporting students’ fieldwork assignments.

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