Webster University Reviews
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I earned my MBA at a Webster University branch campus in Florida, mostly evening and a few online courses. I completely disagree with many of the negative posts on this site. My employer paid for 50% of my degree, and it only cost about $20,000 total. Many students would borrow a lot more than this, but the tuition costs were right around $20,000. My classes consisted of HR managers, individuals in the finance sector, hospitality, and IT. I even had a Doctor in my class earning an MBA to get a better grip on running their office. My courses were taught by really amazing faculty, and THE STUDENT ONLY GETS OUT WHAT THEY PUT IN! You have to work hard and study to earn your degree. I graduated with a 3.7 GPA and got a promotion at work within three months of completing my degree. A+ customer service at my campus, and the evening face-to-face format worked best for me. Also, I made some really get connections with other professionals! Would I do it all over again? Yes, I certainly would.
I went to the Orlando University. Most of my classes, on campus and online, were horrible. The professors were past their prime and unable to connect their experiences to current business. Most were so out of it they would ramble on, not teaching, and giving busy work. Since they knew that this was an issue, they always gave ways to cheat the system. Basically, we're too lazy to teach, so we'll give you busy work. If too many start to fail, here is the extra credit to pass. If I was staying in Orlando I would have waited for UCF's Business School Cohort to come back around. Once I relocate I am transferring out. Yes i want to pass, but I am not spending this money to to get an attendance award and not learn.
This is the worst university that I have every attended. Organizational culture is poorly developed, unprofessional financial aid and academic advising departments. Every process, every year was explained wrong, then it took multiple phone calls and tedious processes to fix the things that were never explained. This university lacks diversity, Corporate location is in St. Louis, that should have been a red flag for me, personally. Rude, unprofessional staff members who lack customer service and customer focus skills. Good professors, a great head of department leader in academic advising. Extensive turn around times for documentations. Redundant curriculum, every class is the same theories, I don't think I learned anything that I didn't learn in undergraduate studies. I should have went to a better school for my time, money and investment, I didn't learn much of anything, besides how rude the staff is. I give this school a 2.
I can only say Webster was a very bad university for business and computer science. During my years there I watched as all of my first year cohorts quit and transferred to cheaper and much better quality schools in the region. Even the instructors would quietly hit out at Websters cheapness. By my final year, every single person I started with was long gone and glad to have bailed. The resources at Webster University were just shabby as this school does not invest a dollar in its programs, so computers, software, teaching resources and curriculum are sad and not at university level in many cases. Often they seem to be a joke. The courses often had heavy repetition with each other with huge overlap so you end up learning the same stuff in different courses so you are paying twice for this learning! The worst was when it came to getting a summer job or internship. The Webster brand name is a joke in St. Louis. The career office was totally useless as not a single internship or job was posted for people in my fields. They had no clue of how to help, and the promised alumnae contacts they promised my parents were non existent! The staff were unwilling to even lift a finger, other than to say go out there and put your cv out. A university is supposed to have relationships with industry and businesses. Why doesn't Webster? I and my friends found that after about 200 resumes out and months of searching (all summer) not a single firm would touch anything with Webster on it. Except service jobs. And I saw this with my friends in most programs there. Hello, I am paying 25 grand a year for training, not to be a burger flipper! It was shocking to see my friends at SLU, UMSL and Wash U getting internships easily through their career office and its contacts summer after summer and months before the term ended. But, not me! Webster blames its students! Yeah, right, its not the ancient computers that you wont replace, or the non investment in courses, or the easy courses that repeat all over, or the 3rd rate software that's 5 years outdated. I had one major company HR Director quietly tell me he would NEVER hire from Webster nor would anyone he knows as the quality just has never been there. I mean maybe for theatre or arts maybe its respected. But, for accounting and computers, this Webster degree cost way over $100K and has done nothing for me. Even Slu was cheaper and UMSL was 1/4th the price with state of the art equipment and high standards. My friends who got their degrees from good schools easily managed to get into great companies. So what did I invest all this money in Webster University for? A big part of going to a school and paying huge cash is to get a financial result, not to end up with a degree that is outdated, underfunded, full of junk resources, and ultimately laughed at in the business and professional world. What also amazed me was how Webster went from being kind while I was paying the bills to becoming awful and nasty when filing a complaint. You have your degree, now go! We are a business! Wow! I would never go near Webster ever again. And mine and gazillions of other complaints have never been dealt with. They told all to get a lawyer! Go to a very reputable school and do your research carefully before doing any degree. I personally have no clue what this place does with its $250 million a year it takes in. But for sure it does not spend it on its courses, technology or equipment. Now I know why none of its alumnae give any money!
I am in management for a local SME and went to Webster's Walker MBA to learn formal business skills and to progress my career. Over the course of 1 term (7 weeks)I took 3 courses and spent over $10,000. These courseswere simply outrageous with few numbers, no spreadsheets in class at all, and instructors that are bestdescribed as non-academic, very low level managers/supervisors and not C level decision makers you'd expect teaching at graduate level. The very dated textbooks used were at best 1st year college, not university and far from MBA level. To pay over $10,000 to read 10 cherry-picked chapters of a datedtextbook and write a multiple choice test is just a rip off. After many complaints, I and other students were told "things will get much more demanding." So, I invested another $10,000 on 3 more advanced MBA courses which were no better than the first batch- they were a joke and not proper university level training never mind graduate level material. At over $20,000 invested and 2 terms behind me, I had at best a grade 12level of business skills, especially regardingquantitativeand technology skills development (of which I had literally none). How is this possible in 2016 and in an age of social media where stuff like this gets spread very fast???? The majority of my classmates felt the same and large numbers quit after demanding refunds. Complaint after Complaintand questions about these shocking academic standardswere made to the administration, yet "conveniently" they could never be reached and messages never returned (it was a wild goose chase for months). Webster had totally deaf earswith only a single chainresponse being "this is what other schools are teaching." Lies! Itook my courses overto a local AACSB University and after speaking with their MBAdepartment found out that thisWebster junk is at best aweak version of a 1st year curriculum. For over $20,000????No one could believe there was no spreadsheets or advanced number based coursework in an MBA degree in 2016! I then found out that Webster is not fully accredited as it claims as it doesn't have AACSB business school certification. So, I contacted the AACSB in St. Louis. Their thoughts on Webster's program were not positive and told me "there are MANY reasons Webster is not accredited" with low quality academic, teaching, technology and resources standardsbeing just a few." For me, Webster's MBA is a cheap copy at best of a first year diploma and looking at the other comments in this string I am not alone.As for employers' of Webster's Walker school, I never saw a single company near the campus and witnessedgraduating classmates having fits over being unable to get interviews never mind jobs. The talk of lawsuits was also common. I never got my refund from Webster's academicrubbish, and was told itwould cost far more in legal fees that my 20k. My advice is to keep far away from Webster's Walker school. My lawyer said it correctly, "get any and all of Webster's claims in writing before you pay them a penny." Another burned Webster customer. This is not an MBA in any form of shape.
Webster is a very diverse and exceptionally helpful school. The class sizes are small, which allows students access to more one on one time with the professors. The professors are extremely understanding if certain circumstances arise preventing a student from turning in work on time. Advisors are also helpful with any questions a student might have. They help students make a plan for their future and help them reach the goals they are working towards. Overall, I found my experience at Webster to be a very pleasant one. I would recommend this school to students seeking more one on one attention, guidance, and support.
It's hard to be recognized is a sea of qualified applicants but having Webster University on my resume has set the bar very high to beat me in a job application. The faculty help shape my military background into a tool for me to use in the workforce. Without Webster University I would not be where I am today!
I loved my time at Webster University. I got an amazing degree and learned so much from the Human Rights and Political Science Departments. The school atmosphere is great too! I got really active on campus, even when I lived off campus. There is always something fun happening and free food at many of the events.
Webster University is truly an awful school for a business degree. I enrolled in the Master in Business for 6 courses and it was simply terrible. It started off bad and got progressively worse despite promises that strung you along to buy more courses. As said in the many earlier posts, before these very questionable 5 Star ones that are all written in the same style, Webster University's courses were not university level at all. They are first year college at best which means we should be paying $500 a course not $3000. Websters courses were simply about reading a few chapters and taking a multiple choice test which is unethical. The text books were old, first year ones and not Masters level. Instructors were not Phds at all and had minimal industry experience. Most were desperate to supplement their income and were in sales or low level management roles (not exactly success stories you want to emulate). I saw at least half to of my classmates quit which is a very bad sign. There is no evidence of any investment by Webster in these courses or its programs with no Excel or heavy quants, deep live case studies, or research by staff. I finally called it a day as I witnessed extreme anger by graduates who had no placement whatsoever at the end of their degrees. Not a single company came to campus to hire the grads and complaints were everywhere of the Webster MBA being useless and even laughed at when looking for work like Phoenix degrees. Several new graduates went to classes and the computer rooms on campus to complain about the reception and value of their degrees and for students not to put any more money into these worthless degrees. Extraordinary. Since leaving Websters Walker Business School, I have tried to transfer these courses I paid a huge $3000 each for and NOT A SINGLE decent school will accept them because they are not properly accredited by the AACSB (something Webster never told me about). Webster claims it is fully accredited which is not true as it lacks the vital AACSB. So, Websters business degrees are in reality terminal. As for the many well-publicized scandals and questions about the quality of Webster University, they are demoralizing and have a big impact of people studying there with many quitting or leaving because of them. Webster and its Walker Business school for me are a scam. Keep away and go to a good aascb school that will cost half as much and give you 10 times more benefits at the end.
This university was one of the most frustrating institutions I've ever dealt with. Professors regularly missed classes, material was poor and the professors spent a lot of time complaining about the university. Many parts of the university borderline illegal but I cannot go into details about this. I would avoid it at all costs. If you want a cheap degree that requires little effort