Webster University Reviews
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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.
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???"