Webster University Reviews
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I took a chance on Webster as I had heard many bad things about the place all over St. Louis and beyond. especially concerning quality and the degrees having a hard time getting hired anywhere. I gave it a try because the hours were convenient and the number of courses required were very few for a Masters in business degree (12). I found out after about 3 courses that the bad rumors about Webster university and the Herbert Walker school were absolutely correct! And then some. The courses were so bad it wasn't funny. Like many others have said across the internet, it is like doing the same, thread bare class with a different name each time. Read a book, take a test, do a 3 page paper and get an A,. Repeat. And get a Masters In Business. I can't figure out how Webster University has managed to get away with such abysmal academic and course quality like this for decades. As nearly everyone has posted, there are no spreadsheets or technology in the courses at all, few numbers, no quantitative modeling, or complex skills training. This is supposed to be Master level in business!! So what am I paying over $1500 a course for??? 6 or 7 chapters out of a book with no Excel and quints is not MBA level! I also saw huge numbers of students freak out, just walk out and demand refunds as everyone was disgusted. Webster is a con, a racket, a fake MBA. A waste on Money. I had only 1 person with a Doctorate teaching, the rest were a hodge podge of masters, many from Webster (the blind teaching the blind). I did not see a dollar spent by Webster on this degree at all whether it be on computers, spreadsheets or course or academic development. They just are about selling the "reading of first year college textbooks" and a test. That's it. I later found out Webster is not properly accredited for a business school as it cannot have acssb, something Webster never told me or my class. Overall, Webster University and its Herbert Walker School of Business are as bad as it gets, worse than Phoenix as I compared my notes and tests with friends from UOP. UOP was better! So, believe the rumors and don't even think of doing any business degree at Webster University. P.S. I did see LOTS of fancy cars in their staff parking lot and very expensive dressed Managers which is where all the money has been going. I also like the idea of Inside Webster so we can post our courses and exams online for people to see.
I found Webster to be a very poor quality experience. My courses like many here are stating were basically high-school or first year at best sold as Masters level. Quality control at Herbert Walker School of Business was simply not there at all. Many of my classes had students simply walk out and demand refunds. The drop out rate is at least 50% when people realize these Webster degrees are awful and are useless in the workforce. I just cant see any investment at all by Webster into its courses, degrees, technology or career center. Yet, Webster charges astronomic fees for their courses over $2000 a course for which you really just get to read chapters out of a textbook. My instructors were not professors but a mishmash of retirees, failed managers and low level managers from local firms that did not have PHDS. Material covered was minimal, not rigorous, had no computers, and not worth anywhere near $2000 a course. Webster is exactly like University of Phoenix. I do agree "Soon to be Webster Grad's" 5 star post is by Webster as NOBODY would claim Webster is equal in any way in quality to a TOP 50 MBA . Irvine is even higher ranked than Wash U and NOBODY would claim Webster is any where near as good as Wash U's Business School and its MBA. I noticed that "Soon to be Webster MBA" never touched on Webster University NOT having corporate recruiting on campus whatsoever, spreadsheets, complex number training, technology incorporation, or any investment made into the Webster Walker business programs. Funny that? For me, Webster's Herbert Walker School of Business is a waste of money. Go to a decent aacsb school like SLU or Olin.
I disagree with most of the posts here. My experience at Webster was outstanding. I already have an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and decided to pursue the master's in Procurement and Acquisitions Management. The program was very good. I found it to be similar in academic rigor and quality of education from my MBA program which is a top 50 MBA school. I mixed my program up by taking 3/4 of the classes in residence and the other quarter of my classes online. Both experiences were good. Watch out for fake universities that are for-profit like University of Phoenix. These institutions are out only to raise their shares on the stock market in the pursuit of profit and money. No educational institution should be based on this principle since universities should always be in pursuit of higher education and research.
I saw these postings about Webster while looking to start another, proper MBA school to attend as my Webster Masters in Business has been totally worthless in every way. It's a scam. First, career-wise. Webster University has never had a company or recruiter on its campus since it started in the 60's! I have seen not a single one in the last 3 years and the school refuses to explain this. As most will tell you, Webster's degree has been laughed at, my CV thrown out, and doors slammed in my face by over 150 companies with similar reasons being "Webster's MBA and all of its business degrees are cheap, garbage copies." I have not been able to find any company willing to hire it in an MBA level position in three years since graduation, despite seeing friends and family climb the corporate ladder and easily start new careers with their SLU, UMSL and Wash U degrees--- all received after I got my Webster Masters. Like others are saying, Webster's MBA is not seen as a "real" MBA and the school's reputation is as bad as it gets even below Phoenix. Words like "diploma factory, prison MBA, junk barn, and fake MBA" abound when you shop a Webster MBA or any of its business degrees around. "Not from That school" is very often heard with a chuckle. I also have tried taking courses at good schools like SLU, Wash U, Mizzou and Chicago and none will even consider accepting my Webster coursework in application, never mind transferring credits! "Webster does not have a proper or real accredited MBA degree or business school" are the legitimate rejection replies. I feel scammed and very angry, as who would pay over $35,000 bucks for a worthless piece of paper that no one will hire or even remotely consider for jobs, promotions or transferring credit? Webster is a school that has over 150,000 alumnae and no company ever comes to campus in 5 decades? Every major and minor company in St. Louis and beyond Know this school and its degrees very well and refuse to even look at its graduates. This tells something. My serious advice is do not go near Webster University or the Walker school or its crummy degrees as you'll just end up like me and my classmates who are now years later looking for a reputable and real MBA degree school to attend. The career damage and waste of time and money from this scam of a school are significant. Who has will pay a top price like 40 grand to blow on a joke school and its laughable business degrees?
Webster is the most dishonest university I have ever come across in my life. It has been total lies from them from the start. I came to the school with 4 yrs of experience looking to get an MBA to either move into management or a new career in brand management after graduation which is the natural route for these careers. After looking at about 8 schools, I chose Webster as they advertised and promised strong academics, internships, corporate placement, AACSCB membership, a powerful and huge alumnae for placement after I graduated, and lots of corporate contacts across St. Louis and the country. All lies! I signed up for career services within weeks of starting in September, and went through months of CV writing and filling in forms which really was being done to string students along to buy more courses. Months before graduation in March I asked, "where are the corporate recruiters?" Alumnae contacts? MBA Internships? Career fairs, etc.? To my and my classmates' horror there was NOTHING! Webster had bold-faced lied to us!!!! When I finally graduated and still had not managed a single interview (despite a perfect 4.0 gpa), Webster had the gall to tell me I was "mistaken" about placement and that Webster has never had corporations come on campus. It said the same to everybody else. I asked why no one comes on campus to hire experienced MBA's (like every other business school experiences) and they refused to answer. Instead, grads were passed off with a membership with "Right" associates (better known as secretary/office clerk placement firm Manpower) which is simply worthless. This is being done to get graduates off campus ASAP once Webster has your money to get out of any responsibility for the placement and return on your investment on their degree. Webster knows that pretty soon after grad its graduates will find out the true market value of their costly degrees is "0" with holders being laughed at and seen as useless in the workforce. I and 5 of my Webster MBA cohorts spent over a year sending out hundreds of cv's, making phone calls, and networking only to find our Webster MBA degrees were seen as a joke. Not a single company would touch them. As for MBA training programs that the MBA degree is designed for? Every single HR and program hiring manager I spoke with would not seriously accept my Webster degree saying, "we will not recruit from that school, Phoenix, Devry, etc. as these are not real MBA's." Not real MBA's???? Are you freaking kidding??? I just paid over $40,000 plus expenses for this Webster Walker MBA and have huge loans on it!!!! The worst was yet to come. I returned once to Webster's campus over the months and was given a very cold reception as were my all of my cohorts. When I told of my job hunting experiences the response from Webster University was downright evil, "it's what you do with it and ultimately your fault if no one wants your degree. You should have gone to SLU or Wash U if you wanted a job." Maybe Webster should tell this to students BEFORE it steals their $40,000 for an MBA using lies and false promises of contacts, corporate recruiters coming on campus, and a strong alumnae of over 150,000 that doesn't provide a single job contact. I also found out that if I wanted to take post MBA courses to cover over this rotten degree at a good school like SLu or Wash U or even UMSL Webster courses are not accepted! In sum, my experience has been Webster University, the Walker Business SCHOOL and their MBA degrees are a total RIP-OFF, full of lies, and just throwing away your money and time! Don't even think of Webster for an MBA. or any degree.
I took Webster's Masters degree in Management, Business and Marketing a few years back. And in my opinion it is NOT a proper Masters degree. It fell far short. So do not waste your money here! What I did find was Webster was and is an absolutely unethical and ruthless business masquerading as a university to get non-profit status, and charging top prices for its courses while not investing a dime in its programs at all. The whole idea is to sell as many textbooks, low grade-part time instructors, and bottom grade first-year level courses as possible(as has been posted everywhere). All under the banner of offering Post Graduate-level degrees. Webster knows that being so costly, once you're in for a few courses (3 at $6200) you're pretty much stuck. Under no circumstances are Webster University's Walker Business School's MBA or business courses graduate level, or even beyond the first year. I argue, like others, they are numerically around grade 10 to grade 11. This is the true reason Webster's reputation has been a joke since it started selling its degrees on matchbook covers in the 1960's. And is also the reason why no companies whatsoever have ever recruited on its campus or sought its graduates; despite having hundreds of thousands of MBA alumnae. Webster cannot continue charging approximately $2100 a course for their MBA and other graduate degrees which are not even first year in nature and quality, have a laughable status academically and with corporate recruiters, and are nontransferable to reputable schools. I wish I had my tuition refunded like many others I know, but the legal fees are more than what I'd get back (and Webster knows this). With enrollment at an all-time low, closing of many campuses, and a possible run to India and the 3rd world markets, Webster's Walker Business School is not a place to take an MBA or any other graduate business degree. I like the idea of the "Inside Webster Project" proposed by so many online asking Webster's biz students and graduates to video and photograph their entire Webster business degrees (their curriculum, courses, tests, textbooks chapters and notes) and then post them online for people such as prospective students and grads to compare and contrast with proper MBA's to see if what they paid a fortune for is real or a cheap copy. In other words, were we ripped off as many suspect or is Webster a good school and worth costing as much as Olin or SLU? Proof is in the pudding, or the course quality.
Webster and its MBA are a pure racket. My courses were a joke and I ended up demanding refunds on several. Numerous classes were walked out on by students they were so bad in quality. This place does not spend a single dollar on these cookie cutter basic classes that I took in high school accounting. My instructors are not even worth talking about. Webster is simply passing off a garbage degree for graduate work for $35,000 which is wrong. And finally, when you graduate, there are no jobs as their career center sucks, there are no company connections, and good luck in trying to get hired anywhere. They showed me a yellow pages phonebook to find jobs!!!! I was not trained as to how to use a spreadsheet to do complex business problems if you can fathom that! Webster has to get sued. My classmates that I graduated with feel about the same and are very ticked off and still won't go near that campus. Webster will lie, so don't believe its ads or what they tell you. It is a total waste of money and time. It's 100% a racket. Do not go and do an MBA or any degree at Webster University!
I started my Webster MBA in the San Diego satellite campus eventually moving to their "World HQ" in St. Louis. My enhanced MBA took 60 credits and actually cost more than AACSB MBA's from Saint Louis U, U of Missouri, PENN State, Thunderbird, and much more than State schools (U OF Missouri, UMSL, MIZZOU, etc.). In fact, it cost nearly as much as many top Executive MBA's like Wash U, Columbia, etc. Webster is very expensive. I found Webster's academic aspect very irregular and disappointing, with most courses being of low quality and involving minimal technology, and with others being somewhat passable. None though were the mind-bending and cumulative learning sort which you would expect from any decent MBA (and which the degree is known for). The level of students was also pretty bleak with an assortment of truck drivers, service workers, low level managers, and even taxi drivers. I did find the whole absence of Excel, spreadsheets, cumulative progression and interlinking of courses and skills from Webster's MBA to be very concerning as this is vitally important in a computer age. When I complained, I was told by Webster faculty that "Harvard and other top MBA's do not necessarily have spreadsheets either. It's up to the school." I realize this is incorrect and misinforming. The big disappointment with Webster's MBA for me has been its abysmal reputation and negative career effect as many have also stated. 6 Months before my grad, I went to Webster's Career/jobs Office. They helped write my CV, gave networking tips, and provided brochures of companies and a membership in Manpower/Right group. This is in lieu of actual contacts, jobs, and connections you expect and pay for from any MBA degree. This is just abnormal. I found this unbelievable and a big shock. As been mentioned on this blog and all over social media, Webster has no corporate recruiters whatsoever on campus, no alumnae networks, no alumnae hiring, or any contacts anywhere for its MBA grads! This just does not make any sense and is very damning. Despite being in business for decades, having the largest MBA grad numbers in the US and the largest alumnae membership Webster has no connections or pull whatsoever for its grads??? This is outrageous. Especially, after spending well over $45,000 and nearly 2 years there. And is not natural or even believable. Everyone knows that the real value and what you are paying for regarding an MBA is its school's reputation and their ability to get you hired, attract recruiters to the campus, and increase earning value upon graduation (payback on your massive tuition investment). And anyone that says otherwise is either stupid, lying, reckless or trying to support their meal ticket. Webster's constant excuse of "working adults" don't need placement or brand recognition is utter hogwash. Why do the MBA? Save $45,000 and go do an associates college. And why do hundreds of other quality MBA's get totally different results? Why do 99% of other MBA schools have working adults in their programs that receive hundreds of job postings, recruitment and countless companies chasing their graduates often before graduation? As well as new careers, pay rises, prmotions, etc? It's a wrong and stupid excuse Webster has been using. Webster fully knows its MBA and Business School reputation in the real world is on par or worse than the abysmal "for profits" (who also don't have companies recruiting their MBA graduates and have significant problems getting jobs). This is why no companies have or will ever recruit from Webster, and its degree is just an expensive, wasted paper. End of story. And this, despite all of the super-successful "military" and "working adult" posts and stories that line the internet (most likely posted by Webster staffers) that strongly look exactly the same and never mention real MBA vitals. Google "University of Phoenix" and you will also see the same thing- 1000's of "Phoenix is great" tales everywhere. Funny how Corporate America and its army of MBA recruiters don't read these and run every year for the nearest Webster or Phoenix campus to hire or get excited when they receive a Webster MBA application. Interesting how every high-ranked schools doesn't have any respect whatsoever for Webster's MBA calling it an academic joke or a legitimized diploma seller; nor will they accept its transfer credits at all or even use it for admission. My hard-earned advice, do not go to Webster or University of Phoenix or any of these "versions of" MBA degrees with bad reputations, no aacsb licensing, expensive and low-quality courses, and without corporate recruiters flocking to them and their graduates. Webster is a academic business with no conscience whatsoever that preys on people's lack of understanding about what a real MBA is and should offer its owner. $45,000 for a useless Webster degree is not worth it! Nor is the time waste. 4 years later, Webster's excuses show what their MBA really is: hollow and worthless. Here is a list of great AACSB MBA's (many that cost much less than Webster) esp. when you factor in the number of courses you are getting for you money, reputation, and of course career and financial payback at the end. http://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/
I am not impressed by Webster's business program. In fact, it's more resemblant of a community college diploma in every way including the low quality students it attracts, the abysmal academic quality, and total lack of investment by the school. Except, Webster's degree costs as much as many of the properly accredited MBA schools. LIke any "for profit", and believe me Webster's MBA is for profit depite claims otherwise, the professors are part-time instructors that do not have PHD's, with the quality of teaching and course rigor being awful with many students quitting or demanding refunds. My big question while attending was "what does Webster do with its 4oo million a year revenues?" Certainly, Webster does not invest a penny into its degrees, their updating and quality. Quite the opposite, as Webster courses are simply textbook based (read a few chapters of a book) then take a simple test. Heavily paid Administrators (some making over a million a year) are clearly the beneficiaries of this money making machine. Webster's reputation is in the academic gutter and always has been as shown by the hundreds of posts from graduates that cannot give their business degrees away in the workplace nor transfer Webster courses to reputable schools. A Webster MBA is a terminal degree- end of the line. It's just a vanity licence plate to put on the wall to look at. That's it! Quite telling is I find Websters attitude to be exactly like its 5 star review by Tod and a few others posting here- very bullying, venomous, and full of blame directed towards graduates who find their degrees questioned in academia and the workplace, and are worthless in the job search. When you spend/invest tens of thousands of dollars on an MBA, you should expect something in return and not be told by the school to wait 5 to 10 years to obtain a payback (if ever). Then why do an MBA? 5 to 10 years in any job gets you promoted if you are competent. An MBA is for career, salary, and job enhancement on the fast track upon graduation. And yes, Webster, a good MBA (not your fake copy) will do all of this for its holders even before graduation- as this happens at hundreds of decent AACSB MBA schools every year. Webster is the largest MBA printer in the country, along with U of Phoenix, and has been so for about 5 decades yet, not a single company comes to recruit its experienced graduates??? Its courses do not transfer to high quality schools who laugh at them? This tells us everything about this school and its reputation in the market. For me, and my cohorts, Webster provides poor quality, non AACSB credited courses for money; and does so on an assembly line by the thousands. It's reputation and payback are simply dreadful. Save your money and go to a REAL AACSB MBA that will cost less, not be laughed at by employers and other schools, and give you the payback REAL MBA's degrees provide. Don't support a profit-hungry machine that may not be around in the long-term.
After 5 courses and nearly $10K, I had enough of Webster University's terrible quality MBA. It's ridiculous selling this stuff as Masters level work. And, yes, as mentioned all over the internet and posts on this site there are no spreadsheets or the advanced MBA level analysis training expected at a graduate level. Most of my classmates would agree as many walked out demanding refunds. I found Webster's so-called graduate level courses to be at best on par with the first year of my Associates degree (community college) and that would be pushing it! The academic standards were and are horrific and not graduate level in any way. There is absolutely no investment what so ever into this MBA or any of Webster's business courses or the school itself. I find Webster to be a business pretending to be a university, which is the reason why it has no ranking whatsoever for its MBA or any of its business degrees (the school has a low #26 regional ranking, but not the MBA or business school). I demanded a refund of my tuition which Webster refused claiming that "its academic standards are not illegal and its MBA degree is "Webster's version" of an MBA." Disgusting place! I like numerous others sought legal advisement. Webster's International reputation that so many fools write about so glowingly? Just Google Webster's Thailand Campus, the London England campus refused to being able to be called a University and being banned from US financial aid http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/webster-university-students-in-london-left-in-limbo/article_a6173c70-b7e2-5281-93af-5684b2a9708e.html amongst others and you will see alleged fraud, abysmal student reviews and unethical behavior. I find Webster's ads totally misleading, and find the hundreds of glowing online claims of the Webster MBA being "joy, challenging, and wonderful" to be sheer nonsense, lies, and for sure written by the school and its legions of social media staffers. Exactly like U of Phoenix who posts exactly the same reviews under the guise of being satisfied students. Who could find Webster's MBA selling first year Associates courses packaged as MBA level for MBA prices (I paid $1800 a course!!!) wonderful and valuable? Community college would be $500 a couse at most and have higher standards! You'd have to be stupid or crazy. I like this idea being suggested of an "Inside Webster MBA" website where students videotape their Webster MBA courses from start to finish including notes, projects, and exams for the world to see before investing a dime in this Academic scam. And to compare Webster's so-called MBA against proper MBA programs would alert the eys of the world to this dangerous academic predator. Do not even look at this place, and go to a proper MBA with MBA level work being offered for your hard earned money. In terms of the market value of Webtser's MBA? Look at the other posts here. Simply disgraceful. Keep away from Webster University's MBA or Walker business school, period.