About UMass Global

For over 65 years, UMass Global (formerly Brandman University) has been focused on helping non-traditional learners change their lives through education. From our origins with the Marine Corps to today’s fully online environment, here’s our story and much more.

Our Story — Past & Present

University of Massachusetts Global (UMass Global) traces its roots to 1958, when Chapman College professors first delivered on-base classes to members of the military serving at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Orange County, California. Over the following decades, service members and civilian students alike benefited from the availability of classes provided at several additional locations in California and elsewhere.

Educators reorganized these facilities as Chapman University College in 2001, which led to the college’s incorporation as a new university in 2008. The university took on a new name – Brandman University – one year later. A regionally-accredited university, Brandman upheld its predecessors’ legacy of service to active-duty and veteran students while simultaneously expanding its programs by investing in hybrid, online, and competency-based learning modalities meeting the needs of busy adult students.

In May of 2021, Brandman University formed a strategic partnership with the University of Massachusetts, and in September 2021, became University of Massachusetts Global, a non-profit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts system.

  • Focusing on the non-traditional student, UMass Global’s student body is diverse, ranging in age from 18-65.
  • UMass Global has ranked among the best universities for online programs for 12 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2024).
  • At University of Massachusetts Global, the faculty members are practitioners, as well as experts in their field.
  • University of Massachusetts Global is a private, nonprofit institution regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
  • UMass Global offers several options for financial aid.
  • Current students benefit from mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as career coaching. 
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We will be the visionary, worldwide leader in higher education, equipping students to achieve personal growth and success.



The mission of UMass Global is to provide students with an accessible, inclusive and transformative education based on excellence and flexibility, creating lasting value and relevance for a dynamic world.

Top Questions About UMass Global

  • Yes. University of Massachusetts Global is regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda California, 94501; (510) 748-9001. Additional industry and program specific accreditations apply to select degrees. See all

  • Start date depends on your preferred program and learning style. Most classes for our term-based degrees begin six times a year on a trimester basis. Alternatively, students can begin UMass Global MyPath, self-paced programs, throughout the year upon admission and enrollment. Find your program and explore our admissions FAQs.

  • Yes! Students who enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree program may apply for financial aid to help finance their education. Explore a variety of financial aid options including frequently asked questions and learn how University of Massachusetts Global will help support you through the process. Your best resource for financial aid answers are the UMass Global One Stop specialists

  • Yes. At UMass Global, we focus on students first. An academic advisor will stay with you throughout your degree program and a One Stop Specialist will be there to help you finance your education. Our helpful career coaches can also work with you to align your studies with your career goals. Learn more about our dedicated student services:  

  • At UMass Global, two classes per eight-week session is a full-time schedule, with one being part-time for term-based programs. Self-paced degrees are also available for those who want to take as many credits as they want within a six month billing period. Your advisor can help determine a workload that fits your life.

Academic Facts

UMass Global offers undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs across its four schools — Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education, and Extended Education.

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All University of Massachusetts Global programs are accredited by WSCUC, assuring that the University meets quality standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. Explore the additional program and professional accreditations UMass Global holds.

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