University of Massachusetts Global at a Glance

About University of Massachusetts Global

University of Massachusetts Global, formerly Brandman University, is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs relevant to more than 90 career paths. The university serves about 23,000 students, about 16,500 of whom are enrolled in academic credit programs, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, and online. UMass Global offers fully online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad.

Quality Instruction, Curriculum, and Competency Based Education

Built to help working learners earn college degrees and advance in their chosen professions, the university offers academic schedules with new sessions that start every eight weeks on a year-round basis.  Qualified full-time faculty and adjunct faculty serve student needs in a variety of undergraduate, graduate, credential, and professional development programs. Each academic campus maintains a full-time professional staff that provides the personal attention to each student that is the hallmark of the university’s reputation.

UMass Global’s unique IDEAL, Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning, approach to curriculum design blends the best practices of teaching, curriculum design, and the latest technologies to give students a competitive edge in today’s technology-driven, networked world. UMass Global is the only university that has redesigned every class at every campus in response to the US Department of Education’s 2009 research on the most effective instructional delivery methods for adult students.

UMass Global has emerged as a leading pioneer in online competency based education. Through MyPath, the university offers accredited associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs delivered on new technology platforms. MyPath students move at their own pace while working entirely online via a tablet or laptop device. With MyPath, many students complete their college educations in less time.

Vision, Mission, and Values-Driven

Vision Statement

We will be the visionary, worldwide leader in higher education, equipping students to achieve personal growth and success.

Mission Statement

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.

Values & Descriptions

  • Innovation: We actively pursue and advance pioneering and creative ideas.
  • Service: We vigorously strive to serve the needs of our university community and put others before ourselves.
  • Integrity: We consistently demonstrate honesty, ethics, and respect in our personal and professional lives.
  • Diversity: We consciously embrace the strength in our unique attributes and cultural experiences.
  • Equity & Inclusivity: We commit to providing an equitable and inclusive university community environment.
  • Collaboration: We accomplish more than what is individually possible through partnerships and teamwork.
  • Respect: We consciously treat one another with civility, empathy, and understanding.


101 full-time faculty members, more than 1,000 adjunct instructors, and guest lecturers currently working as professionals in their discipline provide a quality education of distinction to University of Massachusetts Global students at all locations and online.


University of Massachusetts Global is a member of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). It is also affiliated with the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).


University of Massachusetts Global  is accredited by the WASC Senior  College and University  Commission (WSCUC), Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, 985 Atlantic  Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda California, 94501;  (510) 748-9001. The School of Education's teacher training and credential programs as well as service credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811. Effective November 7, 2011, the baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. The BA Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse practitioner and the Family Nurse Practitioner programs meet the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Association of Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (AANPCB) and/or American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) certification eligibility educational requirements.  Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC, AANPCB and/or AACN  national certification in the specialty role and population, along with any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for the exam.