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Time is a precious commodity. I would like to suggest that you look elsewhere to invest your time and money in furthering your education. While I've learned a great deal in the short time that I have attended, their Financial Aid department is a complete disaster! It's a shame given that the Instructors are very good and attentive. For those who rely on financial aid to cover expenses this is not the place. You can start classes but don't expect the financial aid department to release any funding to you until week 4 if not later. I Had to wait approximately 2 months for mine! How can a student expect to complete their assignments if they can't cover living expenses? As a veteran they have managed to short me education funding that the VA allows to cover expenses. My experience thus far has been nothing but frustration with their financial aid department. They won't even let you contact them directly. I'm in the process of contacting the Department of Education and filing a complaint. Suggest you do the same if you've been mistreated.
I recently started my MA this year (2016). I have known two others that have went to this University in the past and had great experiences AND have used their graduate degrees so I decided to meet with the advisor at my campus (in WA) and she was so supportive and informative. She created a potential ed plan, gave me upfront costs and we talked about how classes are. I felt confident about it. I've completed two terms and I've truly enjoyed it meeting other students and the diversity of the instructors. If you are looking for a "perfect" college experience, good luck. I'm still looking for a "perfect" partner and that's probably why I'm single. We aren't perfect people. If you are looking for supportive, affordable graduate program with small classes, well Brandman is a great option. Grad school isn't cheap, let that digest, accept it and just make the jump. Invest in yourself!
Although I had a few "bumps" with financial aid and occasional issues with the advisor (people are human after all), I had a good experience. The majority of my courses were hard work and I learned a great deal from them. Some professors were phenomenal, others just "good." However, the same can be said of every university on the planet. I've read quite a few negative comments, but it seems like in many cases, some folks need to be spoon fed. As a few others have stated in their comments,be your own advocate. Ask questions and seek out answers if you don't know, etc. In school, just like in life, it is important to be resourceful. Don't sit back and wait for someone to tell you something. I never had an issue if I went in search of the answer -- Brandman staff were more than willing to help. I went to this school for the convenience of taking online courses and did not want to attend the diploma mills (National University or Univ of Phoenix). I believe I received a good education and am happy overall with my Brandman MBA experience.
I went to this school for DNP thinking that because its local it less expensive to attend immersion. First day of immersion: the number of nurses with no experience as NP entered the graduate program. I don't think they actually screen candidates for DNP. No wonder doctors don't respect NPs now. I am in the middle of finishing the course. I am sticking to it since I have a few more months to go. I am less than impressed with professors at the graduate level. Professors with no leadership experience teaching leadership classes. Or get this, no statistical experience in medical field or healthcare teaching biostatistics! I am not sure why I even went and pick this school over Vanderbilt when I got accepted. I should have stick with Vanderbilt and not Brandman.
I have attended Brandman for about 3 years. In the beginning, it was a great school and was easy for me to keep up with since I am a single mother with kids. I started having problems up until I was about to graduate. I found the professors that I was engaging with were quite rude, and didn't bother to listen to issues students might have. The person in charge of my program is very hard to get ahold of and apparently is the only decision making person for the program. Now I am not saying this is the professors fault but if it is difficult for students to get ahold of someone if they have an emergency issue! Hello Brandman hire more staff to assist your students who are paying about $3,000 for 2 classes! The professors hardly respond to discussion boards either making it difficult to discuss the topic for that week. I have also had issues with the financial aid department they lack customer service and are rude. They need to realize that without students they would not have a job! I do not recommend this school to anyone, which is quite sad since I had wanted to finish my masters here. I will be looking for a different school to attend for my Masters and my Doctoral degree.
Brandman is a "non-profit" University of Phoenix. I was in the MBA program until I realized that the they were using the same business model as the for-profits. These guys are only in it for the money. They point to their WASC affiliation and connection to Chapman as indicators of quality. Don't be fooled: WASC also accredited the now defunct Corinthian College, and gets paid by member schools to qualify them to receive student loans. Chapman College, the prestigious school in Orange, provides no academic oversight over Brandman, and apparently wants nothing to do with them. The Competency Based Education program is a complete joke. Earn your degree on your iphone? Please. How can people who have no competence in a field--no one in business has a degree in business or economics or experience running a business, including the Dean, certify the competence of others?
I chose Brandman's MBA program because they have a partnership program with my employer and that made it less expensive. More importantly, I did not want to sacrifice income to get a graduate degree, and I needed the flexibility of an on-line program because I frequently work late and on the weekends. On that score, I am happy I attended Brandman because in all likelihood I would otherwise not have pursued a Masters degree. There were some real frustrations, however. The professors did not provide a lot of feedback, with the exception of the capstone/thesis class. Sometimes the professors seemed super qualified, other times they were not very good communicators at all. Sometimes the curricula were compelling; sometimes they seemed disjointed and poorly thought out. There was a big focus on group projects, which was a blessing at times and a curse at others. The other students I encountered were, for the most part, kind and smart; some were duds (which wasn't fun on group projects). There was one major snafu with financial aid that was really frustrating - it was only after many phone calls and contacting different people that I finally had a resolution. In terms of reputation, I'm not sure a Brandman MBA degree means anything to most employers and for all I know could be a liability - some may disparage an on-line degree or a non-accredited business school. No one knows Brandman, and those who do associate it with an office building they saw from some highway.. I did the degree more for enrichment and thinking it would enrich my career and perhaps open new pathways I hadn't considered before. I guess time will tell. To sum up, what I would say is that Brandman is worth considering if you really need flexibility as you pursue your education. If you can attend a State school in person, I would say that's probably a better bet, especially if you are relying on the degree to open up your job prospects. Also, if you are going to go to Brandman, it will work best if you are a self-starter. You need to pace yourself and kick it up a notch for the hard classes (Finance, Econ, Capstone). On average I spent about 10 hours a week on my homework.
The experience I have had at Brandman has been excellent. I had a lot of support from the disability office when I needed it for the short time I needed it. The professors seem to be top notch, excluding one that I can think of, and the professors have challenged my learning and abilities...I am glad I have gotten my money's worth. I would recommend Brandman to my friends and anyone looking for a well rounded education.
I am almost toward the end of my degree and Brandman is pulling all types of non sense. The one stop office at the Fairfield campus is great. However, other members are below mediocre and it should not be this difficult to finish up a degree. I am not fond of how one particular staff members handles things. I would not recommend that anyone go to this school because of how students are treated. On the up side, the Travis AFB office has great staff members!
The school was not up front and forthcoming with fees that they charged. There was hardly ever an academic advisor available for assistance or when one was they could never answered any questions. There was always a lack of communication with the professors which caused me to score lower than normal on assignments. I was very unhappy with my overall educational experience. If University of Phoenix had a social work program I would've went there because they are well organized and helpful with academic achievements.