Brandman University Online

Brandman University has a history dating back to 1958, when it was established by Chapman University as the Residence Education Center Program, and later Chapman University College. The program’s goal at the time was to meet the educational needs of military personnel, and it was founded at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. A substantial donation by the Brandman Foundation helped the college evolve into Brandman University and later become what it is today — an institution dedicated to meeting the educational needs of adult students. Brandman University, while separate from Chapman University, remains a part of the Chapman University System. Brandman University is now a network of 26 campuses throughout California and Washington, serving adult students through flexible evening and online courses. The university has grown to serve more than 6,000 students per session.

Programs Offered

Brandman University Online offers a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Programs delivered online include a single general education associate degree, 26 different bachelor’s degree options, two undergraduate certificates, 25 different master’s degree options, 16 graduate certificates, and six doctoral degree programs. Included among the bachelor’s degree offerings are 10 different business administration specializations, including accounting, entrepreneurship, human resources, and supply chain systems, as well as a general business administration offering. At the master’s level, those pursuing a Master of Arts in Education can choose from five specializations, including curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and instructional technology. Those pursuing an online MBA can choose from 12 MBA specializations and a general MBA. Finally, online doctoral programs include five different BSN to DNP programs for nurses as well as a post-master’s to DNP program.


Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. The university has maintained this accreditation since 1956.


Specific admissions requirements vary by program, school, and degree level, and students will need to check the individual admission requirements of the particular degree or certificate they are seeking. Those applying to bachelor’s degree programs must have at least 12 transferrable, bachelor’s-level credits from a regionally-accredited institution and have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all previous college-level course work to be eligible.

Those applying to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and have four options beyond this to meet entry requirements. The first option is having a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the most recent course work completed. The second option is having a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 along with a satisfactory score on the GRE, GMAT, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The third option is having a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The fourth option is showing a detailed portfolio of evidence that the applicant is prepared for graduate-level work, including writing samples, resume, awards, recognition, letters of reference, and a letter detailing one’s ability to perform graduate-level work (such portfolios are evaluated on a case-by-case basis).

Finally, those applying to the DNP programs must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, an unencumbered nursing license, and meet all other requirements to be eligible.

Admissions Contact

Brandman University Online

Office of Admissions (Undergraduate)

16355 Laguna Canyon Road

Irvine, CA 92618

877-516-4501 (prospects) (applicants)

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