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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.
I'm one course away from completing my Master's Degree in Management and Leadership at Webster University and am pleased with my experience overall. The leadership process takes place at all levels of an organization and goes in all directions. My classmates bring valuable experiences and insights to the table and have challenged me to think in ways that I would not have in applying the theories. The professors at Webster are skilled at bridging theory with practice to drive the concepts home. Having completed my Undergraduate at a state university that was great with theory but lacking in application, Webster's applied perspective is where the school shines brightly. I've read some of the other reviews on this site from others that got started but did not finish the program. Like all schools, you'll have different takeaways from each class. Having gotten this far into the program this close to graduation, I can say from my experience that this is an excellent school for those who seek a graduate education in Management and Leadership - the learning outcomes that I've received have been leveraged effectively in my world. Listen to those who successfully complete the degree programs as they have credibility. Anyone can quit an endeavor - those who complete the race are the ones that go the distance.
I earned my MBA at a Webster University branch campus in Florida, mostly evening and a few online courses. I completely disagree with many of the negative posts on this site. My employer paid for 50% of my degree, and it only cost about $20,000 total. Many students would borrow a lot more than this, but the tuition costs were right around $20,000. My classes consisted of HR managers, individuals in the finance sector, hospitality, and IT. I even had a Doctor in my class earning an MBA to get a better grip on running their office. My courses were taught by really amazing faculty, and THE STUDENT ONLY GETS OUT WHAT THEY PUT IN! You have to work hard and study to earn your degree. I graduated with a 3.7 GPA and got a promotion at work within three months of completing my degree. A+ customer service at my campus, and the evening face-to-face format worked best for me. Also, I made some really get connections with other professionals! Would I do it all over again? Yes, I certainly would.
I went to the Orlando University. Most of my classes, on campus and online, were horrible. The professors were past their prime and unable to connect their experiences to current business. Most were so out of it they would ramble on, not teaching, and giving busy work. Since they knew that this was an issue, they always gave ways to cheat the system. Basically, we're too lazy to teach, so we'll give you busy work. If too many start to fail, here is the extra credit to pass. If I was staying in Orlando I would have waited for UCF's Business School Cohort to come back around. Once I relocate I am transferring out. Yes i want to pass, but I am not spending this money to to get an attendance award and not learn.
This is the worst university that I have every attended. Organizational culture is poorly developed, unprofessional financial aid and academic advising departments. Every process, every year was explained wrong, then it took multiple phone calls and tedious processes to fix the things that were never explained. This university lacks diversity, Corporate location is in St. Louis, that should have been a red flag for me, personally. Rude, unprofessional staff members who lack customer service and customer focus skills. Good professors, a great head of department leader in academic advising. Extensive turn around times for documentations. Redundant curriculum, every class is the same theories, I don't think I learned anything that I didn't learn in undergraduate studies. I should have went to a better school for my time, money and investment, I didn't learn much of anything, besides how rude the staff is. I give this school a 2.
Webster is a very diverse and exceptionally helpful school. The class sizes are small, which allows students access to more one on one time with the professors. The professors are extremely understanding if certain circumstances arise preventing a student from turning in work on time. Advisors are also helpful with any questions a student might have. They help students make a plan for their future and help them reach the goals they are working towards. Overall, I found my experience at Webster to be a very pleasant one. I would recommend this school to students seeking more one on one attention, guidance, and support.
It's hard to be recognized is a sea of qualified applicants but having Webster University on my resume has set the bar very high to beat me in a job application. The faculty help shape my military background into a tool for me to use in the workforce. Without Webster University I would not be where I am today!