Online vs. Blended Learning

The Brandman University Difference

At Brandman University, we recognize that every student comes to us with a different set of circumstances. We’ve taken into account that educational needs, schedules, transportation requirements and budget constraints all combine to determine where you earn or finish your degree. Brandman prides itself in providing flexible learning formats that will work around your busy schedule. Here’s what to consider when choosing online vs. hybrid learning.

Brandman Hybrid (On-Campus/Online)

Depending on your area of study, many of the degree programs are offered both online and on-campus in a blended format; so, if it works with your schedule, you could choose to take some courses in each of these formats. Evening schedules are available to accommodate the working student.

  • There are 25+ campuses throughout California and Washington – see if there’s a campus near you.
  • Cohort groups for doctorate degree programs hold monthly sessions on many of our campuses.

Brandman Online

Brandman has been winning awards for its online programs since the beginning. Choose from a wide variety of programs that are offered completely online. You will still have lectures, assignments and deadlines, but it’s up to you when to study. No commute, no rushing to class… you will come to appreciate the flexibility.

  • Your online instructors will be there to assist as needed, along with student services and provided resources. 
  • Access your virtual classroom any time, day or night.

Online (Self-Paced)

Reduce time spent on concepts you have already mastered and focus on filling in the gaps. Our five competency-based programs, called MyPath, allow you to draw upon life and professional experiences to help you progress through courses more quickly and affordably.

  • All MyPath degrees are bachelor level degrees with a Business or IT focus.
  • MyPath programs are accredited and completely online, allowing you to earn your degree while fully employed and progress at a pace that fits your life.
  • The tuition for MyPath programs is a set fee per CBE academic year. You can take extra courses at no extra cost and complete your degree quickly. All books and materials are included and provided electronically.

What Online Path is Right For Me?

As a student-centered institution, Brandman University recognizes that each student has personalized goals and learning styles. Brandman University offers degrees to suit the needs of any working adult. If you are not sure which type would best suit your needs, here are some things to consider:


Brandman Term-Based

Brandman MyPath

Which Path is Your Path?

Our term-based programs are the right fit if you:

  • Operate better in an environment where deadlines are given to you and the weekly workload is more predictable
  • Prefer to learn in a guided classroom environment
  • Enjoy direct weekly interactions with classmates and professors

Brandman MyPath is the right program if you:

  • Are a motivated learner that wants to dictate the pace of your learning
  • Have prior work experience that could apply to certain subjects.
  • Prefer to work in a self-directed environment at your own pace with no set due dates

Available Degree Programs

46+ degree programs in Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education, and Nursing & Health Professions

Offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology and four Bachelor of Business Administration emphases. 


Depending on the program, you have the option to learn in a blended or fully online classroom environment

Brandman MyPath is fully online, giving you the option to learn anytime, anywhere.


You pay per credit hour. Total tuition is dependent on the program

You pay a flat rate per billing period defined by the number of competencies and weeks of instruction

Course Load

You typically can complete 1-2 courses per 8-week term for a total of 8-16 courses per academic year

You can complete as many competencies as you want in a 6-month term


Required textbooks are purchased or rented by students, on top of tuition

All digital textbooks and course materials are included in the flat tuition rate

Transfer Credits

Prior coursework from regionally accredited institutions is transferable (grades of C or better). For more information about transferring please see our transfer page.

Prior coursework from regionally accredited institutions may provide clearance of certain competencies (B- or better) AND the content of such prior coursework covers all of the content of a particular competency or block of competencies. For more information about transferring please see our transfer page.

Getting Started

There are up to 6 starts per year, bi-monthly

48 starts per year (every Sunday), except for the two-week winter and two-week summer breaks

Time to Degree

Based on various factors, you will earn your degree within a predetermined timeframe. These factors include but are not limited to:

  • The number of credits in the enrolled program
  • The number of credits transferred
  • Your progress in 1-2 courses per 8-week term

Move as quickly or as slowly as you would like. The time that it takes to complete your degree is entirely dependent on you and your schedule. If you have prior knowledge from work or other experiences, your time to degree may move even faster!

Faculty and Academic Support

Faculty members utilize their expertise in each course subject area to serve as the subject matter expert who shares his/her knowledge and experiences in the classroom. Students also have access to:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Math and Writing Tutors
  • The Leatherby Library 

Tutorial faculty provide support for Brandman MyPath students. They use their proficiency in specific subject areas in one or more of your competencies to guide you in the learning process. Assessment Graders evaluate your submitted work and provide robust feedback in a timely manner. Students also have access to:

  • Academic Coaches
  • Math and Writing Tutors
  • The Leatherby Library