Webster University Reviews
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Most of the reviews appear to be newer graduates, within the last 5 years. Simply put, My MBA from Webster has improved my position in life dramatically. The difference is I received my degree later in life when I had some experience already behind me. Many people of this younger generation expect to walk out of a college with a degree and obtain a starting salary well above the median salary for their field of study. To say a degree from Webster is useless shows the entitled attitude of the generation and ignores prominent graduates that include celebrities, politicians, judges, musicians, Athletes, journalists, and Film & TV arts. As with many things in life, it is what YOU make of it!
I have been reading these comments closely about Webster University and especially its MBA. I worked in a St. Louis ad agency for 5 years and my next step was marketing management client side. The natural way to do this was an MBA. I looked at every St. Louis MBA from Cook to Olin to UMSL and chose Webster's for a number of reasons. Especially important was their promise of many corporate connections, heavy on campus recruitment, student networking, placement at the end of their degree, internships, and their international reputation. And the fact they were "fully accredited" (I later found out after grad the business school is not). I spent over one and a half years and about $40K as I did extra courses. I honestly know I was lied to by Webster every step of the way. To be honest, I demanded refunds on at least 2 of the courses because they were simply awful. The rest of the degree was not much better. One class just walked out after 3 weeks (and this is not the first time I have seen this). Wesbter's MBA was an easy degree and I just thought in the back of my mind it could not be a real MBA. It is not! But, with each course costing over 2k you very quickly reach a point of no return and Webster knows this. There were no student networks at all (everyone was a low level employee), there was no corporate recruitment whatsoever, no companies came to campus, there was no placement, no alumnae or any contacts of any sort. The worst was what I experienced going across St. Louis' looking for a job. The Webster degree was worthless! In fact, it was working against me! It closed doors! And I saw the same with numerous others. The reception to Webster University and its degrees was shocking! And it was repeated over and over again. I felt like I just bought a degree for over $40k from a mail-in ad. This should not happen to anyone. My cohort of friends also had the same reaction. And this has been going on no doubt for decades. Webster and its placement or career office who started off nice and friendly when getting my tuition money got very nasty and bullied everyone who complained about this aspect of the degree. Plus they lied to me from the start. With so many alumnae, thousands of experienced adults in jobs, and the most grads in the US, why do no recruiters run to Webster to hire? Of course they would if Webster was respected. MBA grads are very hot hires from good schools (as others have said, even State Schools get hundreds of recruiters). Webster only has dozens of stupid and well rehearsed excuses and they spit them out ad endlessly. And none are true or make sense. Believe me, people know when they have a worthless piece of garbage for a degree as it comes home to roost eventually. I tried for over 16 months, 200 CV's out, applied to company MBA training programs everywhere and the answer was repeated many times: Webster and its business degrees are worthless and even laughable! I honestly was laughed at by some. My sister who went to UMSL 3 years earlier got hired right away in a large soda brand and had 4 other offers. She even tried getting me in but they would not look at my Webster MBA and told her and me so. Finally, these Webster courses also do not transfer anywhere decent, either. Looking at SLU's MBA you get nearly 30 courses for 50 k, making Webster's useless 12 courses at now 30K a very bad investment. Even worse is the value of Webster's degree at the end: "nothing." To be stuck with such a waste of time and money with nothing at the end is outrageous. I could go on but my end point is Do Not waste money at Webster University. I like some of the posts suggesting Webster grads should videotape all their coursework, exams, papers, etc. and put it on YouTube to compare to other MBA degrees. Maybe we could call it the "Inside Webster Project." I am starting right now and can bet 10 other Webster grads will do the same. We need an honest look at all the courses in detail being sold for $2000K from this heartless, degree machine that lies to line its pockets. Let's get the "Inside Webster Project" started!
To be honest, Webster University is a big joke. And everyone knows that. You can get a much better education quality and respected degree from a State School. Most of the people in undergrad do quit. And so did I, losing all trust in anything Webster. I found they wanted people just to take courses, regardless how many. Just get the money in at all costs. It's a ruthless business. My courses were low quality and costing a fortune for nothing. They were all cookie-cutter in nature. It is a very depressing campus when you realize you are going nowhere with a Webster degree. My fellow students all seemed to agree on this. So, they left to go elsewhere and finish their degrees. And immediately noticed the quality and standards difference. Webster was awful in comparison. The Career office was totally useless in trying to get much-needed internships. I remember the few that did graduate, and them not being able to get hired anywhere in a good job which one would expect after 4 years and over 200 grand in tuition and expenses. I also remember many students at grad complained about getting large bills out of nowhere for "expenses" instead of their diplomas! And Webster threatening them and their parents with not graduating unless they paid up. Some had collection agencies after them! Very sad! And, of course, the big scandal where Webster University basically stole a Literature undergrad's photo from a Webster event and used it on their MBA posters even though she never went to MBA school! Is that ethical? It was dirty and shows what this place is really made of. They suckered her into signing a simple piece of paper but never told her what it was for. This same student wronged by Webster also claims to be one of the hoards of Webster students given these grad fee demands and never getting her degree! A school holds its students hostage for more money out of the blue? Read about it here. http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2013/03/14/mizzou-student-surprised-to-find-herself-the-face-of-webster-university I also know that "MBA" is Webster Marketing department. You advertise a discount for "Military getting half off" at the end of your post? Come-on Webster! Tacky and so typical. Don't go to this place.
I am glad these posts were passed to me as my bad experience with Webster University was blamed on me by the school. It apparently was "my fault" (Webster's Words) for going to Webster to pursue a Masters Degree! I am relieved I am part of what seems a very large community that has been burned by Webster going back a long time. Somehow I knew this had to be the case! I took the Webster University Masters Degree in Business as a mature student to get ahead in my career. Going evenings and Saturdays. It has to be the biggest waste of money, time, and effort I could have ever made. I and all of my co-students are very angry. Webster blatantly lied about the program's quality, respectability, placement, salaries, career prospects, acceptance and transfer-ability of their courses, accreditation, and a myriad of other things. They do this to sell their degrees by the busload. I realized that Webster University is not Harvard, but the academic standards and training were not MBA level as has been pointed out all over the internet and social media. My MBA courses were not even community college level in terms of depth and quality (which I have taken in the past). Instructors were not professors with PHD's, with academic writings or expert knowledge, or the backgrounds to be teaching anything. My Marketing instructor was selling pianos from a tiny shop! Most were low level employees at local small firms. Skills developed were at best 10% of a proper MBA. It is buy a first year community college certificate being called a graduate business degree for cash and then get-lost. At over $2000 a course it is an investment hard to get out of once you start, because quickly you are in for $5000 to $10,000. Like Phoenix, Webster knows this and bets on it. It is true that after graduation (and had paid Webster my money) their Placement Center did nothing. Saying to my class we were "on our own!" Astonishingly, for a school in graduate business education for over 50 years, there were no jobs posted, job or company leads, internships, or connections with any companies whatsoever! A rug cleaning business posted one job! You would think that with thousands of "experienced" and adult MBA grads coming out of Webster each year companies would be breaking down the doors as this combination is gold! There are also thousands of undergrads that don't attract any corporate recruitment. Why is the million dollar question? This tells the whole truth about what the market thinks about Webster degrees and has been thinking for decades. It's a rubbish school selling fake-seriously watered-down Masters degrees. I have met grads from 20 years ago that have the same story and have thrown their degrees away. My personal experience after spending $23,000 has been that my Webster MBA degree (to my horror) was and is a laughing stock when I look for a job or apply to enrol in courses at a proper MBA university. My fellow grads (about 10 that I stay in touch with) have exactly the same experiences. I approached over 150 firms and all said it had no value whatsoever to them. This includes dozens of corporate MBA training programs (big and small companies), despite me having "experience." And all were very blatant about the Webster degree. My friends found the same thing with their ventures. I have met Webster University grads in service industry jobs. An MBA at Wal-Mart check outs, taxi driving, and even a car park attendant. All heavily in debt for a valueless degree mis-sold to them from a school that misleads to make money. One of my classmates had his MBA expertly assessed by a leading AACSB university whose professors said its was not even equal to the first year level of an AACSB school with most of around a grade 10 to 11 level. This confirms what Robert posted. My advice is that Webster University is NOT a place to waste time and money for a business degree. Don't let them lie to you and waste your valuable money or time. As a mature adult with a decade of experience it did me ZERO good. Now, I never would think of putting it on my CV. Hopefully a class action suit one day will put Webster out of business. I have heard from other graduates that Webster is on the verge of going bust, so if a good school like Thunderbird goes down I believe a bad one like Webster will. It's about time.
I came to Western University to add a Masters degree to my undergrad (from a respected AACSB Accredited school). I chose Webster's MBA over others because it was convenient (evenings and Sats), advertised as ideal for working adults, short in length, and no GMAT hassle. It was also advertised as being highly regarded and had high placement amongst local firms at a 92% rate. Their recruiters did claim to be AACSB accredited but I corrected them that they only had membership ( A mistake as opposed to misleading???). I spent 6 months at Webster University and simply could not believe it! The standards were so low it was literally entry high school. Having done undergrad business I know what 1st year looks like--and this was NOT even 1st year. Read a few chapters of a low-quality texts, take a multiple choice test and submit a short a paper--and repeat 12 times, get an MBA. And skip the numbers. No Excel, complex planning, etc. Wesbter does a good job of leading people on to take more courses/spend more money, promising things will get harder as you build up a "knowledge base." Baloney. They got easier and lower in standards. If you demand a refund, Webster will tell you that "there is no law governing the quality of an MBA. It is up to the school." Maybe put that in your ads, Webster University! I got write-offs for some of my undergrad courses, so I took more advanced ones. They also were literally high school in nature! Again no spreadsheets, complex analysis, etc. It was outrageous. I also noticed that about 50% of my classmates quit, never finishing something online stats show Webster suffering from. Very important is my fellow students heavily complained about no recruiting done or any corporate ties or networking what so ever for Webster grads when graduation season came around. I mean, it's April and the heat of MBA hiring and not a single company came to Webster's main campus! Not a single MBA post placed, no internships, or jobs or leads or networking of any kind for hundreds of graduates! And a Career Office that simply told you to put CV's out with your own contacts! After spending tens of thousands of dollars and up to 3 years you had nothing with a Webster University Masters! There was a lot of anger and that's when I and many others called it quits. Why spend the such money on another half of a worthless degree that no company wants? Basically, Webster Advertising and brochures lie. This is not MBA material, not even a good 1st year that would come from a half-decent school. Placement does not exist as there is no market for this low-quality garbage. Do not buy Webster University's excuses that "working adults" do not need placement or jobs from their MBA. As had been correctly pointed out in other posts, then why waste the time and money an MBA? Also, every AACSB MBA (even low ranked ones) has significant recruiting, placement, networks, and stats for all of their working adult MBA Students. This is vital for the success of all MBA programs-- especially the Executive MBA's that only have "working adults in them." I think the market is quickly closing the doors on Webster and places like it that are selling a degree paper that has nothing behind it (either standards, proper training, or the must-have jobs that really tell its value in the real world). If Wesbter was even a marginal program, it would have recruiters, placement, networks, and companies standing in line to hire its experienced grads. Not empty promises. RS As for "5-star John" I agree he is a Webster staffer posting. What kind of moron would think his program is AACSB accredited before investing the years and money? Either he was lied to/misled by Webster or he is simply representative of their students (from a crap school). My bet is the first one (if he is real). I like Milton's comments to John's post. "This clearly leads to 2 facts: Webster has misled you (misrepresented itself) about its accreditation and/or b). the credibility of your posts is null (what person engages in the massive time and expense of a Masters Degree without properly understanding its accreditation???"
I disagree with most of the comments on these reviews. I had a great experience at Webster. I took classes at a satellite campus in Colorado, as well as online. My M.A. in Management and Leadership taught me principles I use every day in my military profession.
I attended Webster. I came here simply to see how other people felt. I saw its rating 44 % I saw some other people write good reviews about Webster but surely they are not actual students. Google "Webster" and see for yourself what other people say. I was very young and nave when I went to Webster. They completely ripped me off. Even though I was a good student, there was no support whatsoever when I needed it. I dropped out and I had to restart all over again. None of my credits were recognized or transferred. I'm not writing this review for Webster staff who, I suspect, left a couple of recent and positive comments (lies 100%) I'm writing this review for a person who doesn't have a lot of money and who is worrying if Webster's going to treat them fair. They won't. If you are, in any shape or form, sensible to check out what other people say about Webster, I strongly discourage you to take your money elsewhere. I wanted to see if Webster got a bad rating. It did. And I was happy because it reflected my experience. Its bad rating is deserved. If you are a good person and you care about your education, please don't ever consider Webster for anything -- this university betrayed me and my friends, ripped us off and, indeed, nobody mentioned that they went to Webster -- because these days, it works against them This is a bad university and its administration are bad people.
Webster University St. Louis was an amazing school to attend. It has a small, beautiful campus with an active student life. It's in the heart of Webster Groves, a quaint suburb of St. Louis, only 15 minutes from the city. If you're interested in the Arts or Business, it is a good place to be. Their study abroad program is also a wonderful opportunity to live abroad while paying the same price for tuition, and there are many different campuses around the world.
I did the Webster Masters Business degree years ago and it was worthless back then in 1998-2000. There is truth the degree is especially considered a diploma mill in its home city of St. Louis which is what I and my class ran into after grad. So, after giving it 4 years and nothing, I tossed it which was a good call as you cannot make gold from mud. The Webster career Centre I thought was nothing but a fake that simply disappeared once you bought enough courses (and they knew they could not place you). So, it seems this has not changed from recent postings. Over the years my Webster classmates had to literally re-do the degree at a proper school, so a very costly mistake in terms of time and money. The idea some propagate that "working and mature adults" can get away with a sub-par education and degree that is "enjoyable and interesting" is utter garbage. No matter who you are, or what place in your career, the quality, reputation, and AACSB accreditation of an MBA are VITAL to what it does for you. Webster University has always fallen flat on these things in the real corporate world (I read their Thailand campus had a huge revolt over the quality problem). Yes, the WEBSTER MBA, at least for me and it seems many others, was a totally worthless investment. There are no shortcuts to a quality MBA... top 50 or nothing is my advice. Stay away from Webster.
The Webster MBA is really a sad and awful degree. The real problem is Webster University this is a ruthless, for profit business pretending to be a university. The Webster Way is to SELL as many people courses as possible with as little investment in the degree product as possible. As a working adult, I wanted an MBA to give me skills, get me promoted, to make more money, and move ahead to my next level. I was and my classmates were investing in opening doors and possibilities. Which is what any grad school business education is about. An MBA is NOT about making friends, or classmates sharing simple experiences, or surface learning concepts, or low level, part-time instructors sharing simple business stories, which is what Webster really is REALLY about. A proper MBA in most cases is about serious skill development, academic rigor, complex business theory application, plus networking with alumni and companies that are going to hire you. Webster has NONE of this either for working adults or new grads. "Working adults don't need jobs and placement Webster University claims??? Then why do an MBA???" Webster University has well-rehearsed EVERY excuse there is when grads (after paying our $30,000 plus expenses plus 2 years of life and effort) walk away with a worthless degree and come back to complain. Especially in its home city of St. Louis (which really says something). Out of 20 or so fellow working Adult MBA students, NOT ONE has had any payback WHATSOEVER on the Webster business degree. Not one! The promotions, career changes, and salary increases promised, advertised in Webster materials, and expected after all this time and money have never come even after 3-5 years since graduation! What I and others have experienced over and over is a Webster MBA or any of its business degrees are laughed at/not taken seriously. From recruiters to headhunters to career coaches to even my own company HR, I have found anything with the Webster name on it is rejected. On the other hand, some of co-workers who went to AACSB Wash U, SLU, or even UMSL have been promoted and/or been able to get hired in new careers. My classmates have all seen the same thing. One prominent head hunter told me that this has been going on for decades. So, despite claims the Webster MBA is not meant for inexperienced kids, but for working adults who really benefit from it, my classmates and my personal experiences say this is not true. Working Adults who are paying tens of thousands of dollars are not benefiting from a 3rd rate degree, with poor training and an even worse reputation! If you want a junk degree for just the paper to put on a wall for $30K then Webster University is the place; my advice is to go to Phoenix as at least you know what you are getting and you will save $10k off of Webster University. A proper MBA is an excellent life, career, and financial investment, especially for someone with experience. A poor copy of that degree from a profit hungry machine like Webster that has every excuse in the book of why its degrees give no return is worthless. Caveat Emptor.