Webster University Reviews

  • 139 Reviews
  • St. Louis (MO)
  • Annual Tuition: $27,900
69% of 139 students said this degree improved their career prospects
80% of 139 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 9/11/2021
  • Degree: MBA
"I am very disappointed with the Webster's George Herbert Walker Business program. I chose Webster as I had seen the ads, got the brochures, and met the school before going. My goal was that I wanted to expand my career into being a brand manager. A few months into my MBA, I was warned by friends not to attend Webster as its reputation was not great, the school was in severe decline, and local employers would simply not respect or hire it. A little late as I had already sunk thousands into the place. I eventually came to realize that I may as well have spent $29,000 on a library card and attended the library. Webster's recycling of material from one course to another was ridiculous, so for 12 courses you are really only getting maybe 7 or 8. I always felt greatly shortchanged after each class in terms of content, academic rigor, depth of knowledge and overall academic standards. I had minimal homework and I seemed to get all A's for work which I was not pleased with depth-wise. My instructors were nice people, but they were far from being experts in their fields and the courses were simply text-book led with cherry-picking of the easiest chapters and no detailed discussion or treatment of the subjects. I had taken economics and management in high school and 1st year undergrad, and Webster's MBA courses were about the same level of difficulty if not easier. I stuck it out to graduation, and wish now I had not wasted the time or money. For all of us in the group that I started with, the fact that there were no job postings, internships, career placements, alumnae contacts, or any companies recruiting as promised by Webster when we enrolled was both very disappointing and shocking. The career center was useless and simply showed myself and others the door with nothing but excuses and actually blaming us for "coming to Webster in the first place!" The biggest shock was to come. After over a year of looking for jobs, internships and MBA trainee jobs by myself, and sending out hundreds of CV's, not a single company would even look at this Webster masters degree! In fact, I had many who wouldn't even accept an application with my degree telling me directly "we don't hire from THAT school!" I had others who said privately to simply take it off my CV and start again with a good school! That's a lot of money, student loans and time wasted for absolutely nothing. I have read recently that Webster's Business School is now down to nearly no students. I can honestly say I know exactly why! A complete waste of time, money and effort."
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2021
  • Degree: Business
"I, like so many students and graduates, am SO FED UP with Webster University's blatant lies, mis advertising, and scandals! DO NOT put a single penny in this place! I can only speak for Webster's Business School, not the arts or drama schools. I wish this place would just stop lying and misleading people with its false advertising and misrepresentation--all to just make money! Especially, regarding the Business School's ranking, program quality, reputation and placement of its graduates. Webster is now down from 27,000 students a decade ago to below 9000 today. And, as has been reported in the press, is on the verge of collapse. Webster has a reputation that is simply laughable- equal to Phoenix. I often saw half of my classes quit due to ridiculous low-quality courses (some taught in high school classrooms) that weren't even community college level (not a single spreadsheet in finance or accounting... and basic numbers???)! Worse is that after graduation NO ONE I went through the MBA with got a job or even a single job interview! In fact, the Career Center has never had any companies recruit MBA's from its campus! My $30,000 degree went into the garbage 2 years after looking for work with it! The "Webster MBA" is simply 12 OVERPRICED, NON-INVESTED, repetitive survey courses at a 1st year community college level(at best) that are loosely and cheaply strung together (with no learning outcomes or cross learning goals) to make a "Webster version" of an MBA (their words). In NO WAY or form is a Webster MBA giving you proper, deep rooted, quantitative, integrated and hard MBA skillsets at a Masters Level. Webster University has misrepresented itself and its business school for decades and the lawsuits, school closing globally, open letters from leading faculty on the shocking low standards, and bad press/scandals (globally)have proven this. Do your research! Here is The TRUTH about Webster University's Business School and its MBA rankings before you even consider giving them a dollar: Firstly, Webster claims its MBA and Business school are "Tier 1" and Top 15 regionally- and has done so for decades. The Top 15 Regional School Ranking is for the entire University as a whole- NOT SPECIFIC Programs such as the Business School or MBA. This is misrepresentation as MBA and Business Schools are ranked SEPRATELY to a University's overall ranking. This is for ALL schools both national and regional. Stanford Medical School and Washington University's Olin Business Schools are ranked SEPARATELY to their overall universities. This is especially true for MBA and Business School programs. So, concerning Webster University, although it generally ranks top 20 for Midwest Regional Schools in USA Reports, its MBA and Business School rank totally differently: in the BOTTOM 1 percent! And for top publications like The Times of London and Forbes Webster ranks between the #500 and #600 level for the USA (or Bottom 1%). Do your RESEARCH before going near Webster or ANY MBA School as its a lot of MONEY to throw away! Why would anyone pay $30,000 USD for a MBA or Business Degree ranked as a #500 or #600 school and in the BOTTOM 1% whose brand name is worthless in the job market? Especially when there are AACSB Schools that cost half the price and rank far higher? Imagine applying for a job with a Masters in Business degree ranked in the bottom 1% or ranked #300? It's laughable and you look like an idiot. Here are the TRUE Rankings of Webster University's MBA and Business School from the most trusted and respected Rankings Sources. They are Far from the "Top 15" and "Tier 1" that Webster STILL claims for its Business School and MBA (check for yourself on a Google Search). US News: -MBA (General Category): Not Ranked (it has NEVER made even the top 3000 MBA schools despite having the largest business school in the US at one time. And this list is NOT exclusively for AACSB Schools as falsely claimed). When asked, Webster refuse to answer why. FYI: contact US News for more info on why Webster has never ranked. -US News Best Online MBA Programs: Rank: 224-295. These schools are so badly ranked they are listed alphabetically as they stop ranking at 295! Webster's actual rank is #292. So Webster's ranking is BOTTOM .5% -US News Best Online Master is Business (Non-MBA): Ranking: 125-164. Again, so bad ranking the schools at this level are Alphabetically ranked after 125 and there is NO ranking after 164. Webster's Actual rank: #162. BOTTOM .5% Forbes (general ranking of Webster as a whole): Rank: #506 (bottom 1%) Times Education (Global Universities): #600 (Bottom 1%) Imagine applying for a job with a Masters in Business degree ranked in the bottom 1% or ranked #300? It's laughable and you look like an idiot. For less than a Webster Walker Business School MBA you can get a PROPER Highly ranked AACSB one that heavily invests in its programs and WITHOUT A GMAT from many top state schools... and pay far less per credit and have something corporations WONT laugh at. And from a school that's NOT collapsing and may not be here in a few years."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"You are paying for a piece of paper, not an education. Well before covid they started only doing webnet and virtual. Professors are working multiple school and getting things mixed up. It's a business not a learning facility. I attended the Orlando, FL campus where there were some amazing professors. The Tampa Campus (in St Pete) could careless about the education aspect of it. I had to drive to the campus to watch a professor on webnet/webex, just so they could bypass a rule with the GI Bill. The two professors that I did that way wouldn't reply back to my questions, usually written the night or day after the class, until the day of or the day before the next class."
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2020
  • Degree: Music
"I have a lot to say about this place and none of it is very good. I attended Webster for one semester and it was the absolute worst experience of my life. I’ve never met such rude, compassionless teachers in my life. There is one professor I can think of who was genuinely kind and good hearted, Dr. Patterson-the choir director. However, I did not have him for my professor. I had the director of the women’s choir at the time in 2015 and she was an absolute headache. I broke my leg about 2 weeks into my freshman year and had to have intense surgery to put my leg back together. The music department is NOT handicap friendly, the campus isn’t either, to be honest. I vividly remember asking someone who drives a gold cart if I could have a ride to my dorm as the crutches were causing rashes under my arm. I got a firm no as the injury hadn’t just happened. Disgusted. I had a long recovery and the whole time I was recovering, I was constantly receiving emails about my late work. How they were, “concerned,” that I might be falling behind. I received a phone call from an extremely rude admissions professor about my theatre teacher asking when I’d be returning to class because she was worried about me falling behind. In addition to this, I was receiving messages from the rude choir director about needing to keep up with my music for her class, meanwhile, I am unable to make it into the practice rooms due to there being no elevator. My voice teacher at the time kept asking me the same questions about my music, if I’d stopped taking my pain pills, and even went as far to mention that she thought I’d need some therapy. Excuse me? She is a MUSIC professor. The ONLY good experience from this are some friends I made. That is it. I have absolutely nothing good to say about this college excluding the feeling of pure joy as I watched it disappear in my rear view mirror while leaving to begin my wonderful life in MN. I attended college for the same thing in Minnesota, made tremendous friends and lifelong mentors with my professors. To this day, the still guide me. I received straight As in my classes and loved every minute of it. You couldn’t pay me to set foot on the Webster campus again."
Richard Varner
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2019
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development. The program challenged me and I enjoyed it. I used my capstone project to secure a doctoral studies position and have been accepted into a program. Thank you to all my excellent professors and classmates! I must say though, the program is what you make it. if you aren't willing to put in the hard work you probably will be disappointed in the outcome."
Brian S.
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Webster is a quality institution for anyone. It gets the reputation of being a "degree-mill" because of its growth, but most Colleges who have Online and Satellite Programs are now tagged with that too. My experiences were all positive, from the faculty to the curriculum and programming, all the way through to the Capstone. It all tied together and made sense. My situation is like most non-traditional & working students in that I already had a lot of the real-world experiences so the Graduate Degree was the enhancement. It literally took me 18 months after I graduated to get my first raise in pay - my second raise came with change in Administration = two raises in 3 years after graduation. 5 years after graduation I make $20K more than I did when I started the program and I am positioned better for much bigger and better opportunities. The ITM Program has done wonders for me. If you are a professional in your craft a Webster education will enhance your package to your employers, as long as you highlight and utilize what the courses taught you. I'm actually going to return to get a second/sequential Master's to stay sharp and keep my stock high in the field."
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Management
"Webster does not care about students. They will tell you about their classes are all in resident. That includes their terrible WEB-EX online. They only offer some courses once a year so you a pigeon hold once you start. Do not waste your time! My bachelors was more challenging than Webster. Dont let them fool you in telling you how great it is. Community Colleges Are More Legit!"
Emili Harvey
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I attended Webster University from the fall of 2010 until December of 2014. While I was there, I received the most insightful, well-rounded education I could have ever imagined. With the privilege of attending this university came experiences with surrounding school districts, practicums, knowledgeable professors, small class sizes, and so many other wonderful perks. One of the best parts about Webster University was the professors' willingness to help students in any possible way, and invest in meaningful, life-long relationships with us. When I had my daughter in February of 2012, I had several professors who were willing to work ahead in my classes so that I could be prepared in advance for assignments that were coming due. I was then able to take two weeks off with my daughter before returning to school without falling behind. The community of educators and students at Webster is the most professional and friendly that I have ever encountered and I am extremely proud to call myself an alumni of this institution."
Mikaelah Stark
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"The International Relations degree at Webster was one of the strongest programs I found that blended theory with real world experience from the professors. The faculty are all experts in their field, and yet hold their students with such high regard and value. The international campuses as well as the St Louis home campus provide excellent assistance, and humility in problem solving when students get caught in the often unavoidable university red-tape. They are a wonderful global university, and I highly recommend!"
Good Grief
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2018
  • Degree: Counseling
"They refuse to work with the largest mental health care provider in the country because the Professor who pushes the paperwork is too lazy to get it done on time. They will not assist the students to find practicum sites outside of St. Louis or St. Charles, and suggest students quit their jobs and move, just to do practicum and internship. This is not an option and is very dismissive and inconsiderate. When I enrolled in the classes, my work place also did practicum with Webster, but now due to "office politics" among the professors, they won't work with my employer. They put too many minority students in remediation. One student has been in remediation three times because he didn't speak clear enough English, when his goal is to work with the Hispanic populace. If you want to complete your training so you can actually take the test, I suggest you go to a different University in St. Louis which is CACREP accredited. Ever since Webster became CACREP accredited, their concern for the students has fallen short."
Good Grief
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2018
  • Degree: Counseling
"Their practicum and internship locations are only in St. Louis, St. Charles, or Illinois, and they give you no other options. There are a lot of "office politics" among the professors, and they blow you off when you approach them for help. They tell students they have to quit their job and move in order to take practicum, leaving no consideration that the students will have to leave their homes and put their elderly parents in some sort of facility while they attend school. Webster discriminates against minorities and is not all-inclusive. One student has been put in remediation 3 times because he doesn't speak clear enough English, when his goal is to work with Spanish speaking clients! Webster refuses to work with the largest mental health care facility in the state because the Professor who pushes the paperwork is too lazy to complete the paperwork on time! While the classes are well taught, the bureaucracy is prohibitive. Webster claims to care about the students, but all they really care about is the money! FYI, I was a straight A student, but the practicum hit a road block that apparently can't be over come."
Jeff Faretra
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2018
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"I completed the Webster University MET completely online. Overall, my experience with Webster University was positive. First I had an exceptional advisor that worked with me throughout the program. Once I was accepted he asked me how many classes I wanted to take per semester--after that I was enrolled every semester for my required classes. He responded to questions quickly, provided great advice, and genuinely seemed interested in me as a person and student. As for the Professors during the courses, the majority were excellent. They were quick to respond with answers to questions, provided an acceptable turnaround time on grades, and again seemed interested in being part of my personal and professional growth. The course ended with a Capstone project with the requirement to create a Digital Portfolio. I would this "okay". The best piece of advice I can give to anyone looking at this program is to save every assignment and review provided by your professors. I did this and I will be honest, the Capstone was simple--a lot of copy and paste. I understand that this is something that I can use to showcase my experience at Webster, but I don't feel in the end it was "Master Level" work. Lastly, I attended the local graduation ceremony. There were a total of about 60 people that graduated and for a satellite location, Webster did the a wonderful job. What impressed me most was the President of Webster, Dr. Stroble, attended the ceremony."
Lauren Grimes
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Webster University is a great school and it has an amazing psychology department. The psychology department consists of great professors who are well versed in psychology and who challenge their students to be excellent. I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended Webster University for my undergraduate career."
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"Some of the negative reviews amaze me. My experience at Webster was very rewarding. I learned a tremendous amount that expanded my knowledge base and help to excell me to higher levels within my organization. As far as accreditation, Webster is a regionally accredited school. This accreditation is the standard for reputable colleges/universities. Programs within the school can have additional accreditations depending on the major. In business education there are two widely accepted accreditations that create standards for business programs. The AACSB is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. It is a voluntary, non-governmental accrediting agency that oversees the standardization of collegiate schools of business and accounting nationwide. The AACSB accredits approximately 5% of all business programs in the world. Their standards are geared toward the world of academia and focus on research and teaching. The AACSB is the odest business accrediting agency and is considered the gold standard by many. The other accrediting body is the ACBSP . The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs mission is to continually seek improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. Their vision is to find every quality business program worldwide is accredited. The ACBSP accredits associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degree levels worldwide in regarding to business-related programs. They reward teaching excellence and was the first to offer specialized business accreditation to all degree levels. The purpose of the council is to instill the need for continuous research in colleges and universities as they feel this is of utmost importance in the business world in order to enhance the quality of the curriculums in which they teach. The ACBSP doesnt focus on research and teaching as much as the AACSB does because their focus is the practical use of business principals in real world applications. With less than 5% of the over 13,000 business schools being accredited by the AACSB, many feel the accreditation is reserved for the schools that cater to the elite and privileged. Nevertheless, most of the highest rated business programs are AACSB accredited and if you are in a position to gain admission and pay for the education go for it. Webster Universitys business programs are accredited by the ACBSP and are held to their standards. The commnents about transferring the classes are comical. It doesnt matter what institution you attend, you are limited on the credits that are eligible for transfer. On the graduate level most universities only accept 6 hours from another school, so that would equal 2 classes. You cant transfer more than that at most schools. Your education is like everything else in life...you get out of it what you put into it. My experience was great, the material was challenging, the professors were knowledgeable and responsive and my peers were experienced and engaging."
Satisfied with Webster
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2018
  • Degree: Management
"The degree programs are anything but self study. Webster University uses the Concourse Syllabus Manager program so that students can preview an approved syllabus before enrolling that outlines assignments, grading criteria, course deliverables and course policies. The course rotation schedule was deep and broad based on my experience at Webster, offering core courses and electives in both my major and related disciplines. The professors that I had provided me with a perfect blend of theory with applied practice across the degree program."
  • Reviewed: 4/3/2018
  • Degree: Management
"Do not attend this university especially if you are a non-traditional student. The negatives are so numerous I can only list a few: picking up graduation cap and gown I was sent to the bookstore who could not answer questions regarding honors regalia. They sent me to Student Advising. Advising could not answer the questions and sent me to the Department Chair. The Department Chair was not aware and seemed frustrated that I asked; finally days later I received a response and had to make a return trip to purchase the correct items. This type of ambiguity in administration and organization is common practice. Do not expect personalized attention as advertised. You will be directed to a webpage and email address to contact and find the information yourself for the majority of questions. Most professors are rarely available outside of class, there is no tangible assistance with job placement, the office hours are extremely inconvenient, parking is horrible and last but not least an adjunct music professor recently instructs her class to google the answers."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Business
"This is a self-study degree with minimal input from instructors. The course catalog has many courses listed but many courses are no longer offered or not offered online. The course content or agendas (exams, papers, projects, textbooks plus other online reading materials) are not known until already enrolled and the first day or class or later."
Brian M
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2018
  • Degree: Business
"Webster allowed me to pursue my degree both in the classroom and online which was most helpful with my busy schedule. The curriculum was well rounded and related well to my needs as a manager. I would highly recommend Webster University to any student looking to further their career goals with additional education."
Brooke Coslett
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2017
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Webster University is an excellent school, as it accommodates non-traditional students who have full time jobs. I was matriculating graduate courses while on active duty and the faculty made reasonable accommodations when I was assigned a tour of duty overseas. The professors at Webster University possess a wide array of various skill sets and experiences which they incorporate in there classroom lectures."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"The Webster MBA program is designed for working professionals who want to challenge themselves to enhance their business acumen and take their careers to the next level. The program has some fantastic teachers with excellent credentials and public private experience. I found the courses to be relevant and the learning environment intellectually stimulating. I would highly recommend Webster to prospective MBA students who may not have the time or resources to attend out-of-state business schools. My MBA degree opened many doors for my career and allowed me to work on challenging and financially rewarding initiatives."