Brandman University Gains U.S. Department of Education Approval for New Direct Assessment Associate of Arts Degree in General Business and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Federal financial aid is now available for eligible students enrolled
in these self-paced degree programs

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brandman University today announced the U.S. Department of Education on
Friday, April 26, 2019, approved two new direct assessment competency
based education (CBE) degree programs, paving the way for Brandman to
expand affordable degree opportunities for students who enroll in Brandman’s
self-paced learning modality and ensuring federal financial
aid eligibility. Brandman is one of a select few approved nationwide and
the only California-based higher education institution to confer direct
assessment/non-credit CBE degrees.

“The department’s approval is tremendously important for the types of
students that Brandman serves,” said Chancellor Gary Brahm. “Ninety
percent of our students are in the workforce and 31% of our
undergraduates are active military. Our competency-based degrees allow
working adults with hectic schedules an opportunity to focus on learning
the new skills they need to move forward while accounting for the
knowledge they have already acquired. I am grateful the U.S. Department
of Education has continued confidence in our ability to confer quality
degrees to such a deserving student population.”

Brandman’s extensive research has found the two new degrees are in high
demand by both students and employers. They will be offered fully online
and students can enroll on any day. Annual tuition for the associate
degree is $6,400, entitling students to 48 weeks of instruction. For the
master’s degree, annual tuition is set at $7,000. Students can move at
their own pace, finishing more quickly or slowly. Brandman degrees are
developed by full-time faculty and advised by industry leaders to ensure
the curricula remains relevant. Brandman also utilizes a variety of
sources when researching degree competencies, including the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, Occupational Information Network, Burning Glass
Technologies’ Labor Insights, and Peer Competitors.

The mission of the CBE Associate of Arts Degree in General Business is
to provide a solid foundation in the traditional liberal arts,
fundamentals of management, leadership, economics, information
technology and marketing. It is equivalent to a 60-credit hour associate
degree. The CBE Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will
emphasize the foundations and application of organizational leadership
using a theory to practice approach. Brandman already offers a Bachelor
of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Information
Technology through its CBE, Brandman’s MyPath, modality.


Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by
the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As part of
the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic
excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services
designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers more
than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs
across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing
and health. Brandman serves about 25,000 students seeking degrees and
credentials with programs available at more than 25 campuses throughout
California and Washington and online, and through its self-paced online
competency-based education modality, Brandman MyPath. For additional
information, visit


Brandman’s competency-based education (CBE) is self-paced and differs
from its traditional degree offerings. Student progress is measured by
subject matter mastery versus by a credit-unit. Brandman’s CBE degrees
do, however, align with credit courses to ensure transferability of
coursework. To confer CBE degrees, Brandman obtains Title IV waivers and
other regulatory/accreditation approvals.


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