Webster University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This school seems great from the outside. Inside? Not so much. I have had at least one issue each semester. The instructors and employees are -nice- but not too helpful. If you have an issue (with anything--finances, academics, housing) there are several hoops you have to jump just to get something solved. For instance, when I had a verbally abusive professor outwardly taunt me and ridicule me in front of the entire class, I went to the dean and the grievance counselor--yet nothing was done because I did not want to take him to a trial. He still teaches here without any repercussions. When the financial aid office put a hold on my account, I went in 4-5 times in 3 weeks trying to get them to lift it, I had sent in the needed paperwork, and I did all my steps. Still, it was not lifted and I missed registration for classes. Then, on registration day, I get a call saying I'm missing some random form that I was NOT told about until the day of. (Note that online, it says I am not missing any forms.) There are several other issues with this school. With only a few -good- instructors, it is NOT worth the obscene amount of money one has to pay to actually get in. The classes are worthless. The time and money I spent at this school was the biggest regret of my life. Do not go here unless you're willing to throw away a good portion of your money.
Outstanding experience taking courses at the four Webster campuses in the St. Louis area. The degree program covered areas such as Management, Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, Organizational Development, Managerial Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Finance and a Capstone course in addition to four electives of my choice. I found good networking opportunities with my peers, who came from BJC Health, Boeing, Anheuser Busch, Emerson Electric, Worldwide Technology, Ameren U/E, and other walks of life, through sharing real-world experiences and best practices as class discussions were focused on applied management and leadership situations. It's a graduate degree and I logged in plenty of time creating presentations, analyzing case studies, writing essays, doing primary and secondary research, and even using spreadsheets in the Finance class to analyze which companies had optimal capital structures and were better investments. You get what you put into it - work hard, keep your eye on the prize (and tune out the quitters who give up, anyone can do that). Webster shines in the areas of applied education. The instructors that I had were passionate about teaching, highly qualified both personally and academically and I can't say enough positive things about how much the Webster University experience has helped me professionally and personally in becoming a better manager, leader and change agent.
I completed the MA in Procurement and Acquisitions with minimal effort. Half of my professors did not have PhD's and a few of them were completely unsat. Cancelled class several times per term (despite having only 9 week terms) and shortening assignments. I decided to use my remaining GI Bill to complete a sequential Masters in IT. The one Professor I had who help a PhD was absolutely terrible and unprofessional. Cut class time in half and spent the majority of it talking about himself. The last straw was when I started a new course and the Professor on the syllabus was replaced with this same Dr. at the last minute. He directed us to his personal website to find the new syllabus and that's when I discovered that this Dr. received his MS and PhD from an unaccredited diploma mill. The IT program is already weak, Webster is employing quack-professors in the National Capital Region. I withdrew and applied at a proper school.
If you are at Ft Leavenworth, look into any other school than Websters. Had an issue and the director, didnt want to deal with it and ignored the situation. Read their policies, there is nothing you can do as the student. They want your money, bottom line, and once they get it, the administration does not care about you.