Webster University Reviews
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I would not recommend Webster's Walker business school at all. Academics bordering on unethical. No computer training. No evidence of any investment in the program or research whatsoever. Awful teachers of which 99% that are Not Doctorates. My instructors knew little about their subjects, never mind being cited experts in their fields (a Boeing salesman should not be a Marketing instructor). You will quickly find out the Webster brand name is not respected at all anywhere. There is no functional alumnae despite over 500k graduates so no job or networking connections at all which speaks volumes. And not a single company recruiting from Webster at all. This is not a place to invest a penny in. My advice is when talking to Webster DEMAND from the very start in writing vitals such as actual recruitment done of all graduates not a cherry-picked sample, proof of actual large scale alumnae and corporate contacts and placement, amounts actually invested in academics and research/budgets for each program, the publication lists of all instructors and rankings of them by peers in their fields, certified rankings FROM NEWSWEEK AND THE TIMES of each individual program both regionally and national (not just the general regional rank used for arts and the school which tells you nothing that Webster pushes). Finally, demand in writing that is why Webster business courses which cost $3000 each are fully transferable to any and every business school in the USA (especially AACSB schools) or else they are worthless. If Webster refuses any of these very reasonable transparent requeuts in writing Run away as fast as you can.
I found Webster to be an awful university with standards that really can't be called graduate or even 1st year. If you want to buy an expensive, easy diploma like these healthcare posters to put on your wall then fine. But no one has addressed Webster's awful academic standards of no spreadsheets, minimal quants, no investment in its degrees, and repetition of materials across its degrees. At least half the students that start quit in disgust. What MBA has no spreadsheets or advanced quants in 2016??? Finally, not a single company recruits Webster grads which REALLY says something about the credibility and quality of Webster. My class couldn't give this junk away and corporations run a mile from Webster like Phoenix. You get a much better education with an Associates from Merimack for 1/4 the cost, with much higher standards than from a school in rapid decline like Webster that's closing campuses like wildfire.
I attended Webster University through a cohort offered through SSM. Over the 3 yr period I developed many relationships. With both my fellow students and professors, some I keep in contact with today. I found the staff to be very professional and most importantly very supportive. I'm a RN so this was a very challenging program for this nurse brain but I did it! Classes were just once a week and very convenient. The professors were very encouraging but at the same time challenging. I would definitely refer this program to friends and family. Keep up the great work Webster University you are making a difference!!! I would recommend the development of a collaborative effort with the HR department offering the cohort and Webster on job placement post graduation.
My experience with Webster was rather unique. I graduated with my undergraduate degree at age 20 from a large, reputable institution and started on my MBA at age 30 on the Greenville, SC Metropolitan Campus. Being from Missouri, I knew a little of Webster, but my decision to attend was based on interviewing leadership at the large academic medical facility where I worked at the time. The ones who attended Webster were pleased not only with the course design, but with the professionalism of the faculty and their peers. They felt their academic coursework complimented their professional goals and strengthened their skills, especially in statistical and financial analysis, operations management and human resource issues. I studied under professors with PhDs and terminal degrees but limited real world experience, and I had instructors with professional experience and solid master's degrees. I attended classes two nights a week and studied two nights a week with a small group. I spent my weekends reading texts, preparing Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks. It was not a simple pay for a grade experience. My professional globe trotting had me moving across the country and as a result I took a nine-year sabbatical on my MBA journey. I finally landed in St. Louis and decided to finish the degree. I took classes on the main campus as well as downtown. Some of my professors had terminal degrees (e.g., PhD and JD), while others were masters prepared but had exceptional professional backgrounds. My classmates were professional, and in the best classes our professors assumed the role of more the role of facilitators as the class outperformed traditional expectations and we expanded the traditional syllabus. I benefitted from hearing guest speakers with interesting case studies and participating in group activities that taught me not only the value of leadership, but collaboration and followership. I became a better manager and mentor for my experiences at Webster, and not only did I hone my skills where I excel (i.e. marketing, strategic planning and management), but I became a much better consumer of statistical data, accounting analysis. My organizational skills were honed, my listening capacities increased, and I learned much about corporate ethics, professional accountability, and academic honesty. I tapped into the Career Center to update my resume and several recruiters have reached out to me though Webster's networking. It might be that I, as an older non-traditional student, have a different sense of value, but I also took out the $40,000 loans to finish my degree and I will be paying those off for several years to come. Two employers (one in South Carolina and another in Missouri) subsidized my education because they saw the value of my education and received a return on their investment. As a single mother raising a teenager, I give very careful consideration to where my money is spent. I do not have the luxury of excess time or finances at this stage in my life, and I will attest to the value of my freshly minted degree. Many of my fellow students remain friends. I was in the wedding of a friend I went to school with in SC ten years ago and see her annually. Some of my teachers and fellow students remain connected on Facebook and LinkedIn. My Webster network is strong and my education valuable because I chose to do the work and learn as much as I could. Like with any institution, professional or academic, you get what you invest into it. If you want to do the bare minimum to make the A or pass the class, you can, but before you write that scathing review, examine your own conscience and your own efforts. If you thrived in the ethics and corporate responsibility course, you should have the tools to conduct that honest analysis.
Webster University was a great college especially for the working adult. I had amazing opportunities with the faculty who made lasting impressions on my career and have become lifelong friends and mentors. I would highly recommend this University. I stay in contact with many of my professors to give feedback on different aspects that helped and topics that I've encountered that could help future students. One of my favorite professors was Edward Lott who taught my managerial leadership class. His teaching style was fun and always very organized. Each 4 hour class was incredibly engaging and he had a realistic way to bring the coursework into our professional lives.
I work for one of the largest healthcare providers in St. Louis and my company designed a cohort based program with Webster University that allowed us to earn a Master's in Business Administration over close to a 3 year time span. We found that the classes were challenging yet relevant to what we face every day in the healthcare industry. A lot of the coursework was taught by experts in their fields and we were able to apply the material on the job to make headway. I found the Managerial Leadership course and the Healthcare Policy course to be helpful and all of the professors were clearly informed of what we wanted to accomplish through personal engagement. I know that Webster offers a similar cohort based program with at least two other healthcare institutions locally because I have friends in each of them.
Webster is a great school. All the professors bring real word experience to the classroom. My current professor, brings valuable experience as a top Boeing manager. He has even helped me a work through some issues I am experiencing iny current role as a hospital administrator. I highly recommend Webster.
After looking at what the market had to offer here in St. Louis, I chose to get my Masters Degree in Management and Leadership at Webster in 2006 because I already had a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from SLU and an MBA would be an expansion to what I had already learned - Management and Leadership was the best field of study for me; as a newly minted Division Vice President for a Fortune 500 company I needed to develop my softer skills of influencing my team to adapt to a changing market. My advice would be to choose wisely by reading Rate My Professor and asking other students about their experience with excellent professors. Webster's core strength lies in a balance of academic professors who know theory and consult to adjuncts who can immerse you with learning experiences to help you drive results in the real world. I had a strategy professor who changed my life there: I took what he taught me and used it to gain a promotion when I was in a roundtable with the CEO of our company. Webster teaches you to lead from your own chair.
This is not graduate level learning. I had more academic rigor in the classes I took in high school. One of my instructors shows up 30+ minutes late, if at all and talks about his personal life the entire time. If you want to get an actual graduate degree that is respected and actually learn something then go to a real school. If you want to pay 10 grand and get a degree out of a Cracker Jack box then this school is for you.
I, like all my classmates, was lied to from the start by this ruthless, deceiving, and scandal-plagued business pretending to be a university. It's post 2010 and there is no technology whatsoever in Webster's Herbert Walker Masters In Business??? Including the famed "no spreadsheets, Excel, or modeling" in its courses??? Everything I have read here and across the internet is absolutely true. A Webster course: you read a few chapters from a first-year text taught by an unqualified instructor (and not a Phd professor) and write a simple test. And pay Webster $2000 a course for nothing. Legally, Webster should not be allowed to call their academic junk degrees an MBA or a Masters as they are not even first year. But, as Webster will tell you when pushed, "There is no law stating or governing the quality of our business courses as they are not professional qualifications." (Webster's words) I must have quit 5 of these courses and saw classmates do the same. Try making a complaint or getting a refund. The fact that Webster has never invested a dollar in its business degrees, course development, content, technology, teaching or innovation which many here have correctly pointed out is very disgusting. Looking at Websters own budget, you see it all goes to executives and administrators salaries, pensions, travel, entertainingand not a penny to academics, research or course development. And it shows with courses being just read a few chapters from a textbook. A Webster MBA is just 12 textbooks strung together not an integrated learning experience which an MBA is supposed to be! http://www.webster.edu/images/budgeting/fy17_approved_budget.png As has been mentioned, Webster has the largest MBA machine in the US (for like 5 decades) that is full of "working adults" that get pumped out by the thousands. Yet, every term, not a single corporation or company ever comes near Webster's campus to recruit its grads??? There are over 150,000 alumnae that dont even post a single internship, job or a networking connection??? Very telling of what the world (and the grads that got ripped off) thinks of Webster's worthless business degrees that are openly mocked especially by its graduates and those that attended this "business." The scandals never seem to end and are demoralizing from falsely claiming in its ad materials to be fully accredited, including AACSB to the millions paid to its former University President and executives, to the news stories of Webster campuses coming under literal revolts from angry students (especially Thailand), to governments refusing student aid for Webster students as well as accreditation for its programs (The UK wouldnt allow Webster to be called a University as its standards were so low and its students were denied student aid and left in the street (the London campus is now closed), to its prison program being defrauded by inmates the list goes on and on. Webster like Phoenix sought to capitalize on the name MBA to make easy money by offering junk degrees for a very expensive price. Those days are long gone. Our Webster MBAs were worthless from the day we enrolled, but its not until you graduate that you find the real value of high school courses being sold as a Masters degrees. I like many look forward to Websters collapse.