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This university was one of the most frustrating institutions I've ever dealt with. Professors regularly missed classes, material was poor and the professors spent a lot of time complaining about the university. Many parts of the university borderline illegal but I cannot go into details about this. I would avoid it at all costs. If you want a cheap degree that requires little effort
WU values their students. Admissions process is lacking. The school has very little follow-up and it requires the prospect student to chase them. Financial aid office needs a lot of improvement as well. This department is unorganized and can't always answer your questions. Their follow-up is rated pretty low as well. Classes are small and instructors take time to get to know you as a person. School is politically ran so favoritism is played quite often. It's difficult to say that every student is equal because not every student is and not every student is given the same opportunities as others.
Im a graduate of Webster University, having received my Master of Marketing (MMkt) last year. A major strength of the program is that I was able to take electives in other Webster departments outside of the Management Department that I was interested in I took a Branding course that was taught by their advertising professor in the School of Communications and a Data Mining course in their computer science department in the School of Business and Technology. The major included courses in Digital Marketing, Marketing Research, Marketing Statistics and Marketing Analytics among other traditional;courses, M. Management, Int. Marketing, Promo. Marketing. I attended some seminars put on by the American Marketing Association (Webster is a sponsor of the St. Louis chapter) and have made some valuable contacts through the networking opportunities there. Enjoyable experience with excellent teachers and fellow students.
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.
I graduated from Webster's Main Campus with my Master of Science in Finance. The program equipped me to pass the CFP exam on the first attempt and helped me with career advancement at Wells Fargo. My professors came from industry where several of them already held the designations and they showed me how they work with their wealth management clients to manage risk and reward for their client's portfolios. It was fascinating to see how they were able to assess client's goals and then structure a portfolio to take action with sophistication. Other courses that were taught by quants with PhDs focused on business valuation (which came in handy in looking at equity pricing), scenario planning, capital budgeting, cost of capital/WACC analysis, financial statement analysis, portfolio optimization, derivatives, option pricing and international aspects of currency trading. Class sizes were perfect for getting individualized attention. Learned tons about practical and financial theory.
My courses at Webster University exposed me to theories and practices that I was able to take back to my company. I work in Training and Development and I found the Organizational Development course and the Capstone projects to be beneficial in equipping me with the tools needed to help my company facilitate some organizational culture and change initiatives we've undertaken with a merger that we've been involved with. My classmates and professors were helpful in giving me feedback on how to work with our line managers to implement some key strategies. The Research and Assessment course gave me some tools to use to measure employee engagement pre and post some leadership climate interventions that we ran with. My overall experience with Webster was great!
I would not recommend Webster's Walker business school at all. Academics bordering on unethical. No computer training. No evidence of any investment in the program or research whatsoever. Awful teachers of which 99% that are Not Doctorates. My instructors knew little about their subjects, never mind being cited experts in their fields (a Boeing salesman should not be a Marketing instructor). You will quickly find out the Webster brand name is not respected at all anywhere. There is no functional alumnae despite over 500k graduates so no job or networking connections at all which speaks volumes. And not a single company recruiting from Webster at all. This is not a place to invest a penny in. My advice is when talking to Webster DEMAND from the very start in writing vitals such as actual recruitment done of all graduates not a cherry-picked sample, proof of actual large scale alumnae and corporate contacts and placement, amounts actually invested in academics and research/budgets for each program, the publication lists of all instructors and rankings of them by peers in their fields, certified rankings FROM NEWSWEEK AND THE TIMES of each individual program both regionally and national (not just the general regional rank used for arts and the school which tells you nothing that Webster pushes). Finally, demand in writing that is why Webster business courses which cost $3000 each are fully transferable to any and every business school in the USA (especially AACSB schools) or else they are worthless. If Webster refuses any of these very reasonable transparent requeuts in writing Run away as fast as you can.
I found Webster to be an awful university with standards that really can't be called graduate or even 1st year. If you want to buy an expensive, easy diploma like these healthcare posters to put on your wall then fine. But no one has addressed Webster's awful academic standards of no spreadsheets, minimal quants, no investment in its degrees, and repetition of materials across its degrees. At least half the students that start quit in disgust. What MBA has no spreadsheets or advanced quants in 2016??? Finally, not a single company recruits Webster grads which REALLY says something about the credibility and quality of Webster. My class couldn't give this junk away and corporations run a mile from Webster like Phoenix. You get a much better education with an Associates from Merimack for 1/4 the cost, with much higher standards than from a school in rapid decline like Webster that's closing campuses like wildfire.
I attended Webster University through a cohort offered through SSM. Over the 3 yr period I developed many relationships. With both my fellow students and professors, some I keep in contact with today. I found the staff to be very professional and most importantly very supportive. I'm a RN so this was a very challenging program for this nurse brain but I did it! Classes were just once a week and very convenient. The professors were very encouraging but at the same time challenging. I would definitely refer this program to friends and family. Keep up the great work Webster University you are making a difference!!! I would recommend the development of a collaborative effort with the HR department offering the cohort and Webster on job placement post graduation.
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.