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Graduation and Loan Default Rates

58% of University of Massachusetts Global students graduate within 8 years of entering the school for the first time. 

College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education. (October 18, 2021)

University of Massachusetts Global's student loan default rate is 42% lower than the national average of 7.3%.

The FY 2018 3-year Brandman University (now University of Massachusetts Global) cohort default rate is 4.1%.

Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates for Schools, FY 2018, 2017, 2016. U.S. Department of Education.

Student Satisfaction and Demographics 

91.5% of alumni would refer UMass Global to family, friends and/or colleagues

Based on the 591 responses received to a survey item in University of Massachusetts Global’s 2021 Alumni Survey, in which 506 respondents indicated they “strongly agree or agree” that they would recommend UMass Global to their family/friends/colleagues.

Nearly 90% of UMass Global students work while completing a program

Based on the 591 responses received to University of Massachusetts Global’s 2021 Alumni Survey, 89.21% of undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate respondents affirmed they maintained full- or part-time employment while attending UMass Global.

56% of UMass Global students graduate with children while attending class

Based on the 531 graduates who responded to the 2019 Alumni Survey, 295 reported they were financially responsible for one or more dependents while attending UMass Global.

More than 54% of Ed.D. students receive a promotion or new position while in the program.

Based on University of Massachusetts Global’s Ed.D. Program Exit Survey of 308 students (comprising of all coursework completers since program inception) affirming a promotion or new position within the last five years.

Academics and Accolades

University of Massachusetts Global School of Education issued 4067 new credentials making it the second-largest provider of teaching credentials in California.

Abdelhak, S. Teacher Supply in California: A Report to the Legislature. Annual Report 
2016-2021 Excel Data (April 12, 2022)

Earn your MBA or MAOL sooner with fewer credits than finishing separate degree programs.

UMass Global's Accelerated BBA to MBA program is up to 18 credits less than standalone programs.

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report each year since they’ve been ranking online universities.

Online College Rankings U.S. News and World Report (February 3, 2022)

Consistently ranked among the Best for Vets schools.

Best for Vets: Colleges MilitaryTimes (July 2, 2021)

Industry References

K-12 Education

Over 25% of California’s special education teachers who were teaching in 2014 will retire by 2024.

Carver-Thomas, D., Darling-Hammond, L. California Special Education Teacher Shortages Grow More Severe Learning Policy Institute (February 8, 2017)

Nursing and Health

80% of nursing workforce should HOLD A BSN by 2025

Spetz, J., Projections of progress toward the 80% Bachelor of Science in Nursing recommendation and strategies to accelerate change. Nursing Outlook. (May 3, 2018)

245% Increase in Demand for nurse staffing in 2020 during COVID 19

Lindemann, P., McAllister, M., McNitt, J., Sizemore, O., Teriakidis, A., COVID-19 Impact on Nurse Staffing and ICU Beds, Epic Health Research Network (April 14, 2022)

Business and Data Science

95% of business leaders say that their largest skills shortage is in data science and analytics.

Investing in America's data science and analytics talent: The case for action PwC (April 2017)

Value of Higher Education

70% of working-aged Californians should have a postsecondary degree/certificate by 2030.

Governor's Council for Post-Secondary Education, GOVERNOR'S BUDGET SUMMARY — 2022-23. HIGHER EDUCATION (2022)

A bachelor’s degree qualified working Americans for jobs paying median annual wages more than double that amount— about $78,000

Employment Projections: Occupations that Need More Education for Entry are Projected to Grow Faster Than AverageBureau of Labor Statistics (September 8, 2021)

Salaries commanded by MBA graduates after three years back in the workplace have increased by the largest amount in a decade.

Moules, J., Ortmans, L., MBA graduate salaries increase by record amount Financial Times (January 29, 2017)

An associate degree increases lifetime earnings over a high school diploma by 25%.

College graduates more than $1 million more over a lifetime than those with just a high school degree.

Workers with bachelor’s degrees earn 75% more than those with no more than a high school diploma.

Bachelor’s degree holders have nearly ½ the unemployment rate of those without.

Master’s degree graduates earn 14% more than the median for bachelor’s degree holders.

Doctoral degree holders earn a median of $4 million over their lifetimes.

Carnevale, A. P., Cheah, B., Wenzinger, E. The College Payoff Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce (October 2021)

Working Trends and Culture

68% of CEOs think employees should be in the office at least three days a week to maintain corporate culture.

55% of employees prefer working remotely at least three days a week.

US Remote Work Survey: It's time to reimagine where and how work will get donePwC (January 12, 2021)

94% of employees say that they would stay at a company longer if it simply invested in helping them learn.

Annual Workplace Learning Report LinkedIn Learning (2019)

Offering tuition assistance programs can increase your ROI by 144%

 Study finds investing in employee higher education results in cost savings for major financial services company Lumina Foundation (November 30, 2016)

Parents Going Back to School - Survey Findings

Market Research company OnePoll performed the survey on behalf of UMass Global. OnePoll conducted a random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 U.S. parents between August 24 and September 4. View key findings in this video including (November 15, 2021): 

  • 62% of parents polled say the pandemic showed them life’s too short to procrastinate when accomplishing their dreams.
  • 56% of polled believe that enrolling in college would help refresh their perspective on life.
  • 3 in 5 parents worry that furthering their education would limit the time they get to spend with their loved ones. This is why 77% of parents would feel most comfortable enrolling in programs that are either entirely online or blend online and in person.
  • 65% of parents would be more likely to consider enrolling in college if they had someone by their side to help them navigate the process.
  • 4 in 5 parents who went to college think they’d be a better student now than when they originally attended.
  • 75% of parents are likely to enroll in college if their employer-provided free college as a workplace benefit.


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