Graduate Academic Advising

General Information

All Webster graduate students are required to meet with an academic advisor to obtain a degree plan and review the requirements for their selected academic program. Students may complete this advising session prior to or after applying for admission. An initial advising appointment is required before students can register for their first course. 

Contact the Webster campus you wish to attend and schedule an appointment to meet or speak with an academic advisor. Those who wish to attend the home campus in Webster Groves, MO. should contact the Academic Advising Center to schedule an advising appointment. Please note that you may take both online and in-class courses to earn your degree.

Advising/Registration for Specialized Programs

If you have been accepted into the Master of Science in Computer Science program, please contact Dr. Al Cawns at cawnsae@webster.edu. He is the MS Computer Science Academic Advisor and is located at the home campus.

Students interested in the Master of Science in Forensic Accounting program should contact Denise Harrell in the School of Business at harreldm@webster.edu.   

If you have been accepted into the Master of Arts in International Relations program, please contact Dr. Tahmineh Entessar at entessar@webster.edu. She is the MA International Relations Academic Advisor located at the home campus.

The Master of Arts in Counseling has a specialized admissions process. Applicants interested in pursuing the MA in Counseling are required to schedule an appointment with a Counseling advisor prior to applying. Applicants are asked to bring official (unopened) or unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the appointment for the purpose of evaluating program prerequisites as well as any relevant graduate transcripts. Phone appointments are possible if transcripts can be sent (via fax, email, etc) in advance. For more information on specific prerequisites and locations see the graduate catalog. Counseling emphasis areas available in St. Louis are Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling. Emphasis options may vary from location to location. Students are encouraged to contact each site directly for information on emphasis options and mental health licensure.

If you have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or the Education Specialist (Ed.S) program, contact the appropriate School of Education Office.

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Art program should contact the Art Department directly at 314-968-7171. 

Students interested in the Master of Music (MM) or the Master of Arts (MA) in Music program should contact the Music Department directly at 314-968-7032. 

Students interested in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Arts Management and Leadership program should contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 314-968-7100.   

Advising for Sequential Graduate Students

A student who holds an MA, MS or an equivalent graduate degree from Webster University or from another regionally accredited college or university may qualify for a sequential graduate degree from Webster University. Sequential degrees are reduced in credit hours, as students are not required to complete elective credits. Because of the credit reduction, transfer credit is not permitted for sequential degrees. If a core course in a sequential is waived, students must take a relevant elective as a course substitution. NOTE: Not all graduate programs are eligible as sequential degrees (i.e. MA in Counseling, MBA with emphasis area).

Sequential students who have completed a master's degree through Webster do not need to re-apply for admission. Simply contact an academic advisor at your Webster campus to receive a sequential degree plan and to register for your first course in your program. 

Students who have completed a master's degree through another institution should request that an official graduate transcript as well as their undergraduate transcript to be sent to their Webster campus when they apply for admission. St. Louis area students should send their transcripts to Graduate & Evening Student Admissions (download the PDF at the link).

Advising for Returning Webster Graduate Students

Students who began a graduate program at a Webster University campus or online and have not been enrolled for five consecutive terms (one academic calendar year) should contact an academic advisor at their nearest Webster campus to receive a current degree plan and register for courses. After five consecutive terms, Webster students must adhere to the academic degree requirements of the current graduate catalog.

Those who are not close to a Webster campus and want to complete their program online, or who wish to attend the home campus in Webster Groves, MO, should contact the Academic Advising Center to schedule an advising appointment. Check the Online Programs website for a list of programs that may be completed entirely online.