Webster University Reviews - Master's in 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.
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.
Webster University is truly an awful school for a business degree. I enrolled in the Master in Business for 6 courses and it was simply terrible. It started off bad and got progressively worse despite promises that strung you along to buy more courses. As said in the many earlier posts, before these very questionable 5 Star ones that are all written in the same style, Webster University's courses were not university level at all. They are first year college at best which means we should be paying $500 a course not $3000. Websters courses were simply about reading a few chapters and taking a multiple choice test which is unethical. The text books were old, first year ones and not Masters level. Instructors were not Phds at all and had minimal industry experience. Most were desperate to supplement their income and were in sales or low level management roles (not exactly success stories you want to emulate). I saw at least half to of my classmates quit which is a very bad sign. There is no evidence of any investment by Webster in these courses or its programs with no Excel or heavy quants, deep live case studies, or research by staff. I finally called it a day as I witnessed extreme anger by graduates who had no placement whatsoever at the end of their degrees. Not a single company came to campus to hire the grads and complaints were everywhere of the Webster MBA being useless and even laughed at when looking for work like Phoenix degrees. Several new graduates went to classes and the computer rooms on campus to complain about the reception and value of their degrees and for students not to put any more money into these worthless degrees. Extraordinary. Since leaving Websters Walker Business School, I have tried to transfer these courses I paid a huge $3000 each for and NOT A SINGLE decent school will accept them because they are not properly accredited by the AACSB (something Webster never told me about). Webster claims it is fully accredited which is not true as it lacks the vital AACSB. So, Websters business degrees are in reality terminal. As for the many well-publicized scandals and questions about the quality of Webster University, they are demoralizing and have a big impact of people studying there with many quitting or leaving because of them. Webster and its Walker Business school for me are a scam. Keep away and go to a good aascb school that will cost half as much and give you 10 times more benefits at the end.
To be honest I have to totally disagree with all these 4 star ratings and agree with the 1 star ones. The Webster University I went to was a joke. The course standards were terrible, and I found myself quitting at least 4 of the courses due to low standards. Many of my classmates also quit the degree completely going to proper AACSB accredited schools. As has been stated all over this blog there were no spread sheets such as Excel, and no a sign of complex modeling or advanced quants which are the backbone of any MBA. I also never had any PHD experts teaching my courses. What am I paying a huge $2800 a course for? To read some book chapters and write a multiple choice exam? I found most of the courses 1st year level in terms of material and depth. The real test of a university's quality is its reputation with recruiters and companies and Webster didn't have a single one come near the place when I graduated. In fact, Webster's career center could not place a single grad from my group. We were given every excuse possible and finally a membership in Right Associates which is the old manpower group that places secretaries and office staff (for MBA graduates???). When I asked Webster why it cannot draw in any companies nor even give me a single name for a contact they simply told me "we are a business selling courses and have fulfilled our contract to you. We did not promise you a job or career!" As for the alumnae, not a single job or contact could be provided by the school. This is all ridiculous as any decent MBA or grad school easily places its graduates with companies (especially experienced working adult grads)-- lining up jobs or career contacts long before graduation! Not with Webster. and this very expensive degree that cost me and a dozen of my classmates over $50,000 is worthless in the job market. We have been out for well over a year with hundreds of CV's and cold calls and nothing! Not a single one of us has gotten a better or field related job as companies don't even acknowledge Webster's non-AACSB junk degrees. I look at my friends with SLU, Wash U, and Columbia MBA's and they were fought over by major corporations long before graduation. I apply and my Webster degree ends up in the garbage can. For me, Webster's degree is a waste of time, money and effort.
My experience with Webster was rather unique. I graduated with my undergraduate degree at age 20 from a large, reputable institution and started on my MBA at age 30 on the Greenville, SC Metropolitan Campus. Being from Missouri, I knew a little of Webster, but my decision to attend was based on interviewing leadership at the large academic medical facility where I worked at the time. The ones who attended Webster were pleased not only with the course design, but with the professionalism of the faculty and their peers. They felt their academic coursework complimented their professional goals and strengthened their skills, especially in statistical and financial analysis, operations management and human resource issues. I studied under professors with PhDs and terminal degrees but limited real world experience, and I had instructors with professional experience and solid master's degrees. I attended classes two nights a week and studied two nights a week with a small group. I spent my weekends reading texts, preparing Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks. It was not a simple pay for a grade experience. My professional globe trotting had me moving across the country and as a result I took a nine-year sabbatical on my MBA journey. I finally landed in St. Louis and decided to finish the degree. I took classes on the main campus as well as downtown. Some of my professors had terminal degrees (e.g., PhD and JD), while others were masters prepared but had exceptional professional backgrounds. My classmates were professional, and in the best classes our professors assumed the role of more the role of facilitators as the class outperformed traditional expectations and we expanded the traditional syllabus. I benefitted from hearing guest speakers with interesting case studies and participating in group activities that taught me not only the value of leadership, but collaboration and followership. I became a better manager and mentor for my experiences at Webster, and not only did I hone my skills where I excel (i.e. marketing, strategic planning and management), but I became a much better consumer of statistical data, accounting analysis. My organizational skills were honed, my listening capacities increased, and I learned much about corporate ethics, professional accountability, and academic honesty. I tapped into the Career Center to update my resume and several recruiters have reached out to me though Webster's networking. It might be that I, as an older non-traditional student, have a different sense of value, but I also took out the $40,000 loans to finish my degree and I will be paying those off for several years to come. Two employers (one in South Carolina and another in Missouri) subsidized my education because they saw the value of my education and received a return on their investment. As a single mother raising a teenager, I give very careful consideration to where my money is spent. I do not have the luxury of excess time or finances at this stage in my life, and I will attest to the value of my freshly minted degree. Many of my fellow students remain friends. I was in the wedding of a friend I went to school with in SC ten years ago and see her annually. Some of my teachers and fellow students remain connected on Facebook and LinkedIn. My Webster network is strong and my education valuable because I chose to do the work and learn as much as I could. Like with any institution, professional or academic, you get what you invest into it. If you want to do the bare minimum to make the A or pass the class, you can, but before you write that scathing review, examine your own conscience and your own efforts. If you thrived in the ethics and corporate responsibility course, you should have the tools to conduct that honest analysis.