Resources for Graduate Classroom Students

Graduate Academic Advising

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 who are near a Webster extended campus should contact that site for advising. Students can locate their nearest site here.

Students who wish to work with an advisor at the Academic Advising Center in St. Louis should call (314) 968-6972 or 1 (800) 982-3847 to be linked with an advisor and set up an appointment.


All students should begin their orientation process by downloading a copy of the Advising Syllabus. This syllabus will help you in setting up your annual calendar, assist you with locating resources, and helps you stay on track to your degree completion.

Download our orientation packet, which helps new graduate students become familiar with a variety of on-campus and online resources, such as online registration, the online graduate catalog and online course schedule, and accessing student email.

Students who are considering taking online classes as well as classes on campus should also review the resources available on the Online Learning Center website.

Campus Resources

Get links to information about libraries, academic assistance, financial aid, drop and withdrawal dates and more here.

Pre-Requisite Course Waivers, Requisite Courses and Electives

Some programs, such as the MBA, the MS in Finance, and the MS in Environmental Management, require prerequisite course. Students can find information about waiving or testing out of courses here.

Most programs also have a requisite course, usually numbered "5000," that must be taken prior to any other core course. If you believe that you have the necessary academic background, speak to your advisor regarding how to request a waiver.  Student should remember that waivers carry no credit...and any requisite course waiver would require replacement by an appropriate elective to reach the necessary credits required for degree conferral.

Transfer Credit

Coursework from other regionally accredited academic institutions, professional military education and/or corporate training classes may be eligible for transfer into your graduate degree program. Learn more here.

Sequential and Returning Students

Students who are returning to Webster for a second degree, or who are returning after a break in enrollment should set up an appointment to speak to their advisor.

Prior to your appointment, please review the requirements for sequential degrees in the Graduate Catalog.

Students returning from a break in enrollment of more than 1 academic year will need to return under the current catalog. If your program has changed in your absence, you can review current requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Elective Options

Please contact an academic advisor about what courses can count as an elective or course substitution, as available options may differ depending on the academic program. Students enrolled in programs in the School of Business & Technology (SBT) may choose electives from other SBT majors, or from any MBA area of emphasis.

Electives may require that a requisite course be taken. Please see the prerequisite and requisite course page for additional information.

Registration Preparation

As a graduate student, you can register online after you begin your first term at Webster. Fully admitted students in good academic standing may register for a maximum of two courses per 9-week term.

To register appropriately for classes:

1. Use the degree plan provided in your initial academic advising session, or review your degree requirements in the Graduate Studies Catalog. After you begin your initial term, you can access your online degree plan, called your “degree audit”, at Registration & Services Online.

2. Use the online course schedule to view available courses.

3. Ensure that you have no active holds on your student account.

4. Register online at Registration & Services Online.

If your acceptance letter indicates that you are accepted under special status, please remember that you are limited to one course per term until you complete the first four core courses in your program. If you need help registering, contact your primary campus (or the Academic Advising Center if you live in the St. Louis metro area).

Petition to Graduate

All students must complete a petition to graduate. This should be returned to the Academic Advising center or to the student's home campus. Students enrolling in their final course should fill out the petition at the time of enrollment. Students can find a copy of the petition to graduate here