Webster University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (50)
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.
Do not apply for the International Relations degree through Webster. Find an accredited University abroad if you are interested in learning anything for a professional career. I wish i would've known the about fraud and money scams before I applied. The classes in London were more than a joke. Teachers showed up late to class, canceled at least 25% of them, and they even made me pay full price for "self study" classes which consisted of me sitting in a room by myself making up topics to present to my professor from Google. The academics are not important to them, but the money is. There are much cheaper opportunities and colleges abroad that have real classroom environments and academic criteria. You will give you a much better experience going through them as opposed to spending all your time fighting with administration over the poorly run programs they offer. As a Webster Graduate myself, I can attest that this school is anything but academic and will not help you find a job after you graduate.
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.