Brandman University (Online Campus) Reviews
I hear a lot of people complain about non-responsive instructors and non-responsive financial aide staff, but I have honestly had the exact opposite experience. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that I was an online student, but any time I emailed a financial aide advisor or instructor, I always got a response back within 24 hours. My only qualm is it seems as though many of the classes were graded without constructive criticism from the instructors and a few of my A's were way too easy to obtain. With that being said, I learned some important skills that have helped me become ready for the workforce and I enjoyed my experience at Brandman. I will be going back for my MWS with them as well.
As written early it is hit or miss with the professors and usually miss. Academic advisors will encourage you to take as many classes as possible. Don't listen. Work is way more than five incremental hours per class. If you are working full time 3 classes is not even close to realistic and two can be stretch depending on the instructors. Very inconsistent on how classes are administered and little accountability with instructors. So much $$ wasted. We had one of the 'distinguished' instructors miss two classes. For most of the classes little of the class content is usable in the classroom right away. If you are already working full time the Masters program is a waste of time. It will not help you get better in the classroom. There are better masters programs out there.
Brandman is a great school. I recently graduated with my MS in Human Resources and this helped propel my career very quickly. Going to school online is tough and challenging. You must be dedicated. The people who are complaining about the teachers and program must not have completed all of the assignments and tried very hard. If you work hard and complete the assignments, you will gain a lot out of your program and teachers.
Brandman allowed great lengths of flexibility which was ideal in being able to maintain a full time school schedule along with a full time work schedule. I started the program in January and graduated later that year in December with an accelerated path!
I recently transferred to Brandman University. I will complete my BA in psychology in the coming months and I've completed 4 semesters so far. I chose Brandman because it was accelerated, accommodating with online classes, and tuition wasn't too bad. I transferred with 120 units and had a 3.5 GPA, I could've gone to much better institutions but was big on completing this degree fast. I regret this decisions. The quality of education at this school is a joke. If you can write 250-300 words per discussion post you'll pass any class here. As I communicate and interact with others who have transferred to better quality schools I see the quality of education in the way they talk and interact. I feel I sold myself short and am just paying for a piece of paper over here. However, if you have the bar low for myself and just want the degree fast, then this is your place.
Brandman was a great school. The professors are really helpful and also the counselors. I had my schedule set for a whole year. Even the financial counselor helped me a lot. My gpa increased with this school. I learned a lot and now I will be getting a job in a mental institution. I am glad I attended this school.
Brandman University provided me with the tools and knowledge that I need for my future endeavors in the social services field. The classes were available online and allowed me to complete my work within my schedule. Specifically, the instructors were knowledgeable and helpful when I had any difficulties and provided separate hours for any assistance I needed outside of the online classroom. My only complaint about the University is that my advisor relocated during my completion of my degree and was never replaced. Because of this, though I finished my degree, I was not informed that I did not have the required amount of credits to be eligible for Latin honors. I was very disappointed that I was 1 class short of their requirement and when I followed through with the appeal process to be able to take the 1 extra class, I was informed that the issue was not petitionary. I maintain a 3.93 GPA and was very disappointed that my Summa Cum Laude distinction was left off of my degree.
This school has no idea what they are doing. Financial services can never answer questions, their hours of operation are ridiculous, they have very very slow, if any, response time to emails, my advisor is a joke, very uninformed. I am used to online programs. Ashford University was 100 times better. I really hate this school..I do not recommend it at all.
I am incredibly disappointed with the program. I have completed nine classes and find the work to be repetitive and mundane. The professors don't comment on the work. This includes both the online and the ground professors. The discussion boards are a waste of time.
There are several people in each class who write submissions which are unintelligible while others write responses which are incomplete and brief. My exposure to new technologies has been limited and I have had to turn to colleagues who have shared their knowledge of technology with me.
We spend more time spitting out rhetoric than learning about technology. If I hadn't spent so much on these classes, and if the classes would have been transferable to another program, I would have transferred a long time ago. I am ready to be done with this program.
I attended the Victor Valley campus and the online program. I also attended many other schools unfortunately that resulted in myself withdrawing in their program. Brandman is different. They have staff members who actually can get stuff done. K and E especially along with the rest of the staff over in Victorville are extremely good at their jobs. The professors are really well qualified.
My favorite part about the professors is that many of them actually have real jobs in the industry unlike a lot of full time professors at other schools that have no industry experience. The eight week term is a lot better than the 16 week terms at other schools.
Instead of trying to manager four classes you only have to manager two at a time (but you still take four classes each term). Also the chairs are comfortable which is nice since sitting in class for three hours can be rough after a long day of work.