Brandman University Reviews

2.96 out of 5 stars
(115 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $12,380
58% of 115 students said this degree improved their career prospects
51% of 115 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
David - 11/25/2020
Degree: Computer Engineering
Graduation Year: 2020
"I'm a recent grad and proud alumnus of Brandman University. The staff was always incredibly friendly and helpful. In my experience, Brandman employs experienced and well-qualified professors in their respective fields to instruct the courses, which lends to a rich learning environment. I had a great experience from initial enrollment inquiry up until graduation. Thanks to the G.I. Bill and this school's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, I was able to load up on as many courses that I could handle to fast-track my graduation. Most people outside of the military probably have not heard of Brandman University until ads started making their rounds on the web, but the fact that they carry the Chapman heritage helps out with the school's identity. People that are familiar with Chapman are more than likely familiar with Brandman, which is quite alright because both institutions are respectable and regarded as quality institutions. The degree has helped to advance my career which is invaluable to me than what others believe about a college education."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Jeremy - 10/20/2020
Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"I can not rate the education program yet because it has taken them 3 months to register me. I was very eager to start my masters program and gave them everything needed fairly quickly but they are very slow to get back and when they do, they made your next appointment for 2 weeks later. Other institutions do everything in their power to get you started as soon as possible. Not Brandman, I’m still waiting. At this point, I’m going back to Liberty and their strict schedule."
Saskia Knight - 11/17/2020

Hello Jeremy, I appreciate your feedback. Our enrollment coaches support our students with the application and registration process making it easier to navigate. I am disappointed to hear this was not your experience. Please send your information to assistance@brandman.edu; we can assist you further. Thank you.
Saskia Knight
Executive Vice-Chancellor
Enrollment and Student Affairs

1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 12/17/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"In an email to The Panther, Chapman's student newspaper, Chapman President Daniele Struppa wrote that Brandman is a “separately incorporated, accredited, independently managed institution, with its own governance board.” In other words, Chapman wants nothing to do with Brandman. Brandman, on the other hand, leeches off Chapman's excellent reputation to attract enrollments. It is indeed misleading; it's meant to be."
Saskia Knight - 1/8/2020

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments. Brandman University was known as Chapman University College until 2009 when we received a naming grant and changed our name to Brandman University. We are still a part of the Chapman University System and operate with the same standards and expectations as always. Thank you for your time.
Saskia Knight
Executive Vice Chancellor
Enrollment and Student Affairs

4.4 out of 5 stars
P.S. Castillo - 10/6/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"Outstanding school and program for the working professional trying to move up to executive, training or director level. Brandman faculty and staff are helpful and knowledgeable. The few administrative issues with schedule and finance were worked out in no time. The classes are challenging and beneficial with a logical schedule that culminates in your final assignment. My capstone class is a few weeks away and look forward to finishing this useful and exceptional program."
Saskia Knight - 12/16/2019

Castillo, thank you for leaving a review. Congratulations on completing your program. I am happy to see you received the flexibility and support we are known for. Our faculty members pride themselves on providing knowledge that can be applied directly to your workplace. Please keep in touch, and we look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments. Thank you.
Saskia Knight
Executive Vice Chancellor
Enrollment and Student Affairs

1.2 out of 5 stars
Harriet - 9/18/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"This is not a Chapman education. To say that Brandman is part of the Chapman "system" is, in my opinion, misleading. I can't speak to the undergrad or master's program but Brandman does not offer a quality doctoral program. I would not recommend it unless you just long for a degree and not a solid doctoral education experience with credible outcomes. I doubt anyone in the academic community will mistake a Brandman doctoral degree for a Chapman degree. I did not graduate from Brandman. I discovered the difference between a good doctoral program and Brandman's after I found and enrolled in a better school with a solid doctoral program. Most of all, don't settle for Brandman because you're not sure of your ability to get into a good school. There are plenty of good schools out there. Find one. Don't waste your doctoral time and dollars here."
Saskia Knight - 12/16/2019

Hello Harriet, we appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback. Chapman University established Brandman University to provide flexible learning options for busy adults while continuing to uphold its high academic standards. Although we are proud of some of the awards our Ed.D. program and other degrees have received, we’re disappointed to hear you had a different experience. We wish you the best in your educational journey. Thank you.
Saskia Knight
Executive Vice Chancellor
Enrollment and Student Affairs

1.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/18/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"Brandman is not the same quality as Chapman and I find their advertising as part of Chapman "system" deceitful. Doctoral degrees are very important which means you should find a school that respects intellectual pursuit over rubric. I can't speak to their undergrad or master's program but I would never recommend Brandman for a doctoral degree. There are online or hybrid doctoral programs that are far better than Brandman. Do your research and find a good school for your doctoral work. I did not graduate from Brandman but the system requires reviewers to submit a graduate year. I found a better school. They are out there."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Michael - 8/9/2019
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"My first problem is with my counselor. As a first time student, I wasn't sure what I wanted to study initially. When I figured it out, I contacted my counselor and asked her to change my program, and she would not change it. The reason was that she wanted me to wait a few months to decide on a degree before changing it. I can understand where she is coming from, but I am the one paying so why question it? My second problem is with my Professor. I was confused on two assignments during my course. After the second time, I contacted my professor with a professional email and asked her to include all of the tasks due for the week in the section labeled "Graded work due this week." I felt it would help everyone, and it would reduce me wasting my time looking in week seven for an assignment due in week four. My third issue is with Blackboard. I am currently in week 6 of class, and I have an assignment due on Sunday. I was supposed to receive an assignment back from my professor with her input, and I was supposed to review the professor's input and make the appropriate changes for final submission. The day I am supposed to receive this feedback I received an email instead stating that there was a problem with blackboard and I need to resubmit ASAP. So I resubmit and email the professor to let her know I took action. Two days later, I receive another email stating all my assignments from last week need to be resubmitted ASAP because they did not load properly. This time I attached my assignments to an email rather than using the blackboard. I did take the professor's advice to call and get help with this issue, but well I am not looking to throw money at the school so I will have to wait the 48 hours to get a response I'm sure. I wish the professor would have contacted me sooner because that could have helped also, but what does she care, she is receiving a paycheck. Is Brandman University to blame for all of this? No. its people, lazy people. I have combed through the five-star reviews on this site, and they are all pretty cool, also reasonably similar. Anyways, maybe I just had bad luck. My wife received her MBA through Brandman, and she did not have anything bad to say, but she also went into the school and had excellent professors."
Saskia Knight - 8/13/2019

Hello Michael, we appreciate you sharing your feedback. I am disappointed to read about the experience you received while attending. We strive to provide all our students receive an excellent education, and it looks like we missed the mark here. I will share your feedback with Dean Worthington, who oversees the school of Business and Professional Studies. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience as this allows us to make future improvements.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Frustrated Student - 4/12/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"As an adult student who pays for my education out of my pocket, going to Brandman University was one of the WORST decisions that I have ever made in my life. I truly wish that I had read the reviews here before reaching out to this pathetic excuse of a college. The One Stop is a hot mess. The counselors never return my messages or answer my emails. My last straw was the counselor's inability to answer a simple question about the request of college transcripts. There is NO excuse for such incompetence. When I forwarded my concern to the office of Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services, he had the nerves to tell me that he found it "interesting" that I had not made any payment to the school for the upcoming semester even though I kept emphasizing that I was paying for my education out of my pocket. Are you kidding me? This is your attitude? Why would I make the payment first if your incompetent staff cannot even answer a simple question about the request of transcripts? God, why did I choose this school? Do NOT make the same mistake as I did. I feel so angry right now."
Saskia Knight - 7/15/2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We want all our students to be given a seamless experience and a valuable education. At this point, I feel it would be best for you to contact our Office of Student Concerns (OSC) for guidance. http://www.brandman.edu/about-brandman/consumer-information/complaint-policy and to find a resolution. The OSC provides informal assistance in providing recommended actions to help resolve conflicts, disputes, or providing contact with appropriate resources. The OSC is an advocate for the fair resolution of a problem, not for any particular party, and gives equal attention to the rights for all concerned. Thank you again for reaching out, and I look forward to a positive resolution.

4.3 out of 5 stars
John M - 3/8/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2021
"I'm currently taking my third session at Brandman. I was not sure what to expect, but US News & World Report has them ranked highly. My company is paying for me to attend here full ride. I have found the professors knowledgeable, helpful and understanding. This school is focused on working adults and they do a great job of providing the flexibility I need to manage work, school and home life. Financial Aid is not that fast to respond, but luckily I don't have to deal with them much. My adviser is impossible to get in touch with, so that is a problem. I work through Guild Education, so they are able to get answers I need. Overall, I'm very happy with my decision to attend Brandman."
4.7 out of 5 stars
MJ - 2/8/2019
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015
"Brandman University provided me with an exceptional education and experience. Every professor was highly involved in their field and active in the community. The cohort model provided an opportunity to build lifelong friendships as we witnessed each other grow as students and professionals. I had no difficulty with financial aid and no complaints about academic advising. It was easy to manage the rigor of the program and family life. I would highly suggest this university for working professionals!"
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