Leverage Work Experience

If you’re a working adult, you’ve probably gained some professional skills and experience that can be applied for college credits at Brandman. Here we value real world experience and the knowledge you’ve acquired along the way. With our specific academic pathways, you can accelerate your timeline to graduation by leveraging your work experience.

At Brandman, we believe in lifelong learning and understand that the professional skills and experience that you have gained throughout your career are highly valuable. We have designed specific academic pathways that allow some students to accelerate to graduation based on their knowledge and previous learning. Review the opportunities below. 

Review Brandman’s Specialized Programs

Recognizing the valuable skills gained throughout your career, Brandman has provided specialized programs to help you advance quickly.

Contact an Enrollment Coach

An enrollment coach will help you verify your eligibility for the program you wish to pursue and direct you through the application process. 

Submit Online Application

Create an application account and complete your application. All additional documentation required should be submitted to the Office of Admission by mail, email or fax. Do not fax transcripts or test scores.

Earn Credit for Your Experience

Prior Learning Assessment

Brandman allows you to prove the knowledge you’ve gained through life and/or work experience through a prior learning assessment. You submit a portfolio and the content must match an appropriate Brandman course. It requires a demonstration of strong narrative and expository writing skills. A separate portfolio must be submitted for each three-credit course -  separate fees apply for each submission. Prerequisites include successful completion of ENGU 103, or its equivalent, and LBSU 305. If you are interested in pursuing this option, speak with your enrollment coach.

International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPLSEI)

From the beginning, the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) has focused on a vision of excellence in the exercise of leadership among all people in service to the safety of the public. IPSLEI members come from all walks of life but share a common purpose - to serve others.

  • Students who successfully complete four IPSLEI courses will receive 12 undergraduate units towards completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree within the School of Business and Professional Studies. 
  • Refer to your enrollment coach to determine which courses qualify for this special program.

The goals of these courses are to:

  • Assist students in developing a personal philosophy of leadership and ethics
  • Guide students in developing skills for leading others ethically
  • Prepare students to act on opportunities for ethical organizational leadership
  • Guide students through an in-depth exploration of ethics and the challenge of leadership.

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Students who successfully complete the educational training received from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for a Basic POST Certificate can also earn university credit.

  • 15 semester hours of lower-division block credit can be applied to general elective credits for the successful completion of the California POST Basic Certificate.
  • All credit is considered lower-division general-elective credit.
  • No partial credit is awarded.

If the academy/training credits are earned at a community college as part of a student’s associate degree program, then it will be included in the 60-credit block limit and not considered outside the limit.

Induction Programs for Education Professionals

BTSA or General Education Induction Programs

Up to 12 credits from a CTC-approved BTSA or General Education Induction may be applied to the Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning. This program is for educational professionals seeking to become innovative leaders and teachers. Students will learn groundbreaking ideas and put them into practice immediately to transform their classrooms and the educational landscape in California.

Education Specialist Clear Induction Program

Brandman awards 6 semester credits towards the Master of Arts in Special Education, Advanced Methodology emphasis area for successful completion of an Education Specialist Clear Induction Program. The Education Specialist Clear Induction program must be completed prior to the student being awarded these 6 units, and will be evaluated for credit hour compliance. These 6 units can only be used towards the Advanced Methodology emphasis area.

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Gordon W. | BA, Organizational Leadership,
The distinguished faculty at Brandman and their dedication to their students as well as the administration have made it possible for us students to overcome the challenges we faced and helped us bring our educational goals to fruition.
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James M. | MA Organizational Leadership ,
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Professional Certifications

Human Resources Certification

A maximum of 9 semester credits may be accepted in transfer toward the Master of Science in Human Resources degree program. In addition to university policies concerning transfer of coursework, the human resources program will accept transfer of military coursework which meet the following requirements:

  • Course requested for transfer must include an official transcript or copy of ACE evaluation which verifies graduate-level work;
  • Coursework must be letter graded or provide verification of completion at a grade of “B” or higher;
  • Coursework must be comparable to program requirements (if marginal comparability, a written statement of rationale must be provided); and
  • Military coursework will be accepted in transfer as fulfilling prerequisite and elective requirements only.

Certification Substituted Course
PHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SPHR HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
GPHR HRCU 603 Certification or recertification within 3 years

Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) or Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) Certification

Brandman currently offers ACE recommended academic credit for FPC and CPP certifications toward Brandman degree completion. The recommendation is inclusive of level and discipline, subject to residency requirements and other limitations as set forth in specific degree programs. The student can request an evaluation for course equivalency.


Information Technology Professional Certification

Academic credits may be accepted in transfer toward the Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology degree program. Students with IT professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field. For more information, contact an enrollment coach or academic advisor.

Professional Certification Substitution Courses
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
A+ CSCU 251
Network+ CSCU 453
Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCU 251
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat System Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (Project Management Professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415

 CSCU 353; CSCU 453
 CSCU 353; CSCU 453
 CSCU 353; CSCU 453

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