Brandman at a Glance

Brandman University


For more than 60 years, Brandman University campuses have served thousands of adult students who are interested in integrating higher education into their already busy lives. The central goal of Brandman University is to help students develop their talents through an education that provides lasting value and relevance to their evolving careers.

Chapman’s first adult program began at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1958 and soon, other branches of the military requested degree programs for all military personnel. Steeped in a rich heritage offering college programs to working adults, in 2009 our name changed from Chapman University College to Brandman University to reflect our evolving mission.  The majority of our campuses are now community based, but Brandman still maintains a strong presence on many military bases. A wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates and professional development programs are offered at locations throughout California and Washington, as well as online. All of Brandman’s programs extend the educational objectives and historic purpose of Chapman University by recognizing and enhancing academic opportunities for non-traditional students. The University's reputation for quality and excellence is reinforced in every community it serves.

Today, Brandman University offers academic schedules with new sessions that start every 8 weeks on a year-round basis. Qualified full-time faculty and adjunct faculty serve student needs in a variety of undergraduate, graduate, credential and professional development programs. Each academic campus maintains a full-time professional staff that provides the personal attention to each student that is the hallmark of Brandman University’s reputation.

Over the past several years, Brandman has also emerged as a leading pioneer in online competency based education with the development of Brandman MyPath, an innovative solution to one of the biggest challenges in the American workforce. Through Brandman MyPath, Brandman offers accredited bachelor’s degrees through new technology, allowing students to move at their own pace in less time than the normal four years while working completely online via a tablet or laptop device.

Unique to Brandman University is the Brandman iDEAL, Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning. This innovative model of instruction blends the best practices of teaching, curriculum design and the latest technologies to give students a competitive edge in today’s technology-driven, networked world. Brandman University is the only university that has redesigned every class at every campus in response to the US Department of Education’s 2009 research on the most effective instructional delivery methods for adult students.

Brandman University’s leadership is solely dedicated to the University’s mission to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers. The University is under the direction of the Chancellor of Brandman University, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs/Provost, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Enrollment and Student Affairs, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration/CFO, the Executive Vice Chancellor of Marketing/CMO, and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Special Projects. This structure is designed to best meet the needs of students and the local communities served by Brandman University.

Since 2009, Brandman University stands as a separate, WSCUC-accredited university within the Chapman University System. Our dedicated focus on the adult student allows for innovative education delivery approaches and greater diversity of degrees and credentials offered both online and on campus. As a part of the Chapman University System, students are confident they will experience the same quality of instruction and distinction that has been synonymous with Chapman University since its founding in 1861.


Brandman University is a member of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). It is also affiliated with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and a member of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), the Online Consortium (OLC) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).


The mission of Brandman University is to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.

The faculty of Brandman University:

  • Believe in continuous renewal and innovation
  • Believe in creating a participative and collaborative culture
  • Believe in ongoing academic and professional development
  • Value diversity and nurture respect for the contributions of all cultures
  • Stand for quality
  • Stand for success


Brandman University will be the recognized leader in the evolution of adult learning.


Our purpose is to impart knowledge and skills that help students achieve their dreams.


Innovative: We value new, viable ideas, and rigorously promote them.
Respect: For each other, our students, our communities and our environment.
Service-oriented: Through instruction and guidance we serve the needs of our students with knowledge and skills, putting others before ourselves.
Teamwork: By supporting each other, we can accomplish more than what is possible individually.
Integrity: Our personal and professional behavior is guided by honesty, ethics and conscience.


Nearly 13,000 students are enrolled in 27 academic campuses/sites and online throughout California and Washington.


94 full-time faculty members, more than 1,000 adjunct instructors, and guest lecturers currently working as professionals in their discipline provide a quality education of distinction to Brandman students at all locations and online.


Brandman University  is accredited by the WASC Senior  College and University  Commission (WSCUC), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, 985 Atlantic  Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda California, 94501;  (510) 748-9001. The School of Education at Brandman University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs that are offered at campuses listed on the website: https:// The University’s teacher training and credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Effective November 7, 2011, the baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. The BA Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  The Master of Social Work program is a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse practitioner and the Family Nurse Practitioner programs meet the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Association of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) and/or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification eligibility educational requirements.  Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC, AANPCB and/or AACN  national certification in the specialty role and population, along with any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for the exam.

Chapman University

Institutional Profile

Chapman University is a 150-year-old independent institution of liberal arts and professional education dedicated to providing a solid foundation of knowledge that enables its graduates to become fully educated persons. Chapman is recognized for its liberal arts core, distinguished faculty, innovative programs and personalized attention to students. The University strives to develop in students the ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, explore issues from contrasting points of view, value human and cultural diversity and make informed ethical judgments in an increasingly complex world.


Chapman traces its roots to Hesperian College, opened on the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration as the sixteenth U. S. President. Hesperian and several other institutions later merged with California Christian College in Los Angeles. In 1934, the institution was renamed in recognition of its most generous benefactor, C. C. Chapman, a successful real estate investor, rancher, and pioneer Orange County church leader. The college moved to the city of Orange in 1954. In September of 1991 the college became Chapman University, further strengthening its commitment to international education and an innovative undergraduate curriculum and graduate programs.


Chapman is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. It is also a member of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Western College Association, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).