Advising for Online Graduate Students

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. Any online student who is unsure about whom to contact or who is not close to a site location should contact the Academic Advising Center at (314) 968-6972 to be linked with an advisor and set up an appointment.

When possible, online students are welcomed to schedule an in-person appointment, but appointments can also be done via phone, skype, instant messenger, or by email.


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.

Students should also explore the Online Learning Preview provided by the Online Learning Center. Students can get a look at the inside of an online course, arrange to participate in a webinar, and review the steps to prepare their computers and themselves for online learning.

All online students should download the online advising memo.

The online advising memo provides new online graduate students with:

  • Information about the registration process and how to schedule an advising appointment
  • Billing and financial information and useful phone numbers
  • Important academic policies and procedures regarding future registration

Prospective students planning to apply and accepted online graduate students should print the Online Graduate Advising Memo, read through it completely prior to their advising appointment. Please save the online graduate advising memo for future reference.

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 courses. 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. Students should remember that waivers carry no 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 or 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 with 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 the available options may differ depending on the academic program. Students enrolled in programs in the School of Business & Technology (SBT) may choose elective from other SBT majors, or from any MBA area of emphasis.

Elective 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 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.