Webster University Reviews
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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.
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?