Brandman University Reviews
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As a current MAT/credentialing student at Brandman, I unfortunately cannot recommend this school for prospective students due to bland professors, excessive busy work, mismanaged portfolios, low enrollment, and cancelled classes. As other reviewers have commented, the coursework cannot be completed while working full time. You will have to take off work to tutor students, observe classrooms, interview teachers..etc. In my cohort more than 50% of the current students are very disappointed, frustrated and even angry at Brandman's program.
The blended program is riddled with problems. I'm currently attending boring nighttime classes wherein students sleep, stay on their cellphones or shop on their laptops. Professors seem worn out and tired - reluctant to teach. Which is ironic if you are working on a teaching credential and your professors are C- quality teachers. Classroom discussions do not happen as the students do not engage with the boring, tired professors - there is no passion or purpose to these night classes.
The online portion of the program is not developed by your satellite campus professor - thus, much of the work seems more 'busy' than substantial or necessary. During our class last night, a single working mother shared that she is spending 3-4 hours nightly to get all her work done and it is negatively impacting her children. Many of the students are not completing all the work as it is overwhelming and unnecessary. I'm not sure if this is the reason for the extremely low enrollment, but many classes are cancelled due to lack of students and this can prevent the completion of your credential/degree in an orderly manner.
I would not suggest this program for persons seeking a teaching credential or MAT. I am currently looking for another program as I am worried that this school will impede my ability to get a quality teaching credential in a timely and effective manner.
Ontario Campus is great! Every 8 weeks I am done with a class! I work full time and I couldnt be more pleased! Class is one night a week! Class size is smaller and free parking! Their is even a deli located in the college! Free wifi :-)
Advisor D. is great! Professors so far have not been boring and I can get my degree so much faster!
As a working professional, I found Brandman to be a viable option when deciding to further my education. Initially, figuring out how to navigate presented with some difficulties, but I managed.
The instructors at the masters level are incredible with applicable background experiences. The rigor of the work was manageable.
I absolutely feel like earning a Masters in Special Education at Brandman has improved my marketability, improved my practice, and increased my earnings.
I graduated from Brandman with a BA and I was extremely satisfied! Not only did I receive quality education, but it prepared me for my future endeavours.
I am now at a very well known expensive grad school and I was more impressed with Brandman in many ways. I did experience a few sub-par instructors at Brandman, but because the students have a voice here, they quickly got replaced.
Brandman deserves five stars because of the personal interactions with staff and faculty, Chapman bookstore and Library facilities and constant support from the school. They want you to succeed but they don't give out A's if you don't put in the effort.
Submission is pretty lenient, but if you're not ready to work hard, you're not going to have a good experience. This is great education for much cheaper than it should be.
Brandman "One Stop" is the lackluster version of financial aid/ online student support. They mismanage your money and don't communicate with you. (My experience was 8 business days to get an answer to one of their "urgent" messages.) Not only that, but they are condescending and rude should you ever manage to get a real person on the telephone. (Should you be trying to reach someone, give their corporate office a call and as for the Director of Financial Aid. Just be watching your e-mail for a response as they won't call you back. Easier to deal with a problem if you don't actually have to talk to someone.)
Students: Don't think for a moment that they are there for your support. They are there to sink you.
Be prepared for them to misapply your funds, or in my case not request the right amount or tell you what steps you need to do to access the money, wait 6 months, then contact you to suspend your account with additional penalties and fees. Great service right? (I think they have been learning customer service skills from the IRS!) Is it worth $500+/ unit? Would you invest $30k+ into a program that doesn't take care of your account and communicate with you AND you end up paying more for something that should have been taken care of?
Brandman Admin: My recommendation to Brandman Administration is to run your school ethically and ditch the "One Stop" idea. I think you should be listed on MSN Money's "Customer Service Hall of Shame." This is definitely NOT the experience you sell and NOT anything like what I experienced at Chapman in my undergrad program.
This school has very poor communication and financial aid services. You wait weeks to get a response and there is always an excuse. If it wasn't for the speedy degree program I would have left. They are horrible but you do learn some interesting things and the teachers for the most part are great.
Biggest mistake to switch from the online university I was attending to try Brandman.
I really enjoyed my time at Chapman (before it became Brandman). The quality of my education was excellent, since we were only asked to write things that would be useful to us. This was a radical departure from my State University experience. My instructors were actually practicing in their fields, which again made a world of difference in the quality of my instruction. I hear negative things about Brandman/Chapman, but this is from co-workers who never attended. I wanted an education about my field of work, and my experience at Chapman/Brandman was positive enough that I have enrolled in the Education Administration program that starts this week (01/07/2013). In addition, while it appears much more expensive, when you consider the time invested in terms of being able to make a paycheck, it's not that much more expensive. Yes, my MA has opened multiple doors for me and I earned a promotion that I wouldn't have had without the MA.
Since Brandman is part of the Chapman University system, the education and instructors are very good. The curriculum is challenging and overall has helped me with my career.
I was looking for a school where I could attend classes in person or online, while still working full time. Brandman University was great in addressing my needs and would recommend it.
I have a BA in Psychology, and I am going for my Master in Organizational Leadership. I only recommend this school if you are very independent! The instructors are really hit and miss, but most know their material well. I will say that I like the online better than then on campus, because the online courses are pretty straight forward and organized a little better. The advisors are not very good, and some of the instructors seem very busy, so just try to figure things out on your own. While this school is no Harvard, it is a part of the Chapman University system and many of my teachers were from UCLA, UC Irvine, Chapman, ect… So I feel like I am getting a decent deal for the money.
To be clear: this school is for the purpose of getting a job, not for people who want the college experience! Like me, this school is perfect to learn the basics to get into a new career field. This is a perfect alternative to Devry, Phoinex, ect.. This school has decent brand name recognition and the instructors are really much better than other online schools. Additionally, this school is non-profit and never had any problems with their accreditation (WASC) for the past 50 years, which many for-profit schools have such as Troy University, Grand Canyon, Agrosy, ect..