Connections/email Accounts

Webster University provides all students, faculty, and staff with a University email account through Connections.   Employees and students are expected to:

Activate their Connections account after receiving their username and password. Students receive a link to set up their Connections account upon submitting their application.If you have applied but not enrolled in a course and never set up your Connections account you will need to contact the Office of Admission at 800-753-6765 or admissioninfo@webster.eduIf you have enrolled but never set up the account, you will need to contact the Webster University Help Desk 48 hours after the time of enrollment. You can reach them at 1-866-435-7270 or support@webster.edu.
Students should be at a computer at the time of their call.Regularly check incoming University email. Your Webster email account is where all official communication from Webster will be sent.Regularly check their Connections Personal and Campus Announcements.Maintain their University email account in working order (including compliance with the University's Acceptable Use Policy and appropriately managing disk space usage).

Students may choose to have their University email forwarded to an alternate email address. Connections account holders can call the Help Desk (x5995 or toll free at 1-866-435-7270) for assistance with this setup. Instructions are also provided on the Information Technology web site at www.webster.edu/helpdesk. Individual account holders are solely responsible for ensuring that all University correspondence continues to be received and read.

Connections also provides access to grades and registration.  Students must access their final class grades through the Connections "Student Academic Services" channel.  Faculty must input their final class grades through the Connections "Faculty/Staff Academic Services" channel.  Those students eligible to register online may do so through the Connections "Student Academic Services" channel.

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  • Students are required to meet with an academic advisor and complete a degree plan prior to entering a program at Webster. Failure to meet with an advisor and prepare a degree plan may result in a student taking inappropriate courses.
  • The student must complete and submit a registration form prior to attending a graduate class.* Students registering for graduate courses may register concurrently for Fall 1 and Fall 2 or Spring 1 and Spring 2. It is important that the student complete only one registration each term. A course may be added by contacting your local campus. A list of locations, degrees and majors can be found on page XX. Registration periods are established for each program location. Students should register at the earliest opportunity because class sizes are limited. Certain degree programs may have restricted registration periods. Students should consult their advisor or local registration staff.
  • Registrations will not be accepted after the first scheduled meeting of the course and section of campus courses. If a student gains the permission of the instructor and submits a signed add slip the course may be added.
  • Registrations for online courses must be completed prior to the first day of login. Late registrations will not be accepted.
  • Registrations will not be accepted in class.
  • Published course schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

*All first-time students must register with an advisor.

**Students may drop or add online.

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Course Load Guidelines


The maximum course load in the graduate degree program for a fully admitted student is 6 credit hours per term or 9 credit hours in a 16 week course. A student must receive written authorization to enroll in more than 6 credit hours per term or more than 7 credit hours per semester. Students may request permission to overload by submitting a Program Option Request to their local campus. Students may request approval if they meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic success at full time enrollment in graduate coursework. Success is defined by the student earning grades of B or better in both courses in the full term.
  • Good academic standing  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities may warrant an adjustment in full-time student load. Requests for a reduced load are made to the director of the Academic Resource Center at the time of registration, according to their guidelines.

School of Education (EdS, MAT, MA, and MET) Student Load

A graduate student who is enrolled in at least 9 credit hours in semester-long courses or at least 5 credit hours in eight-week courses is considered a full-time student.

A graduate student who is enrolled in at least 5 credit hours but less than 9 credit hours in a semester or at least 3 credit hours but less than 5 credit hours in an eight-week term is considered a half-time student.

A graduate student who is enrolled in less than 5 credit hours in a semester or less than 3 credit hours in an eight-week term is considered less than half time.

Students requesting permission to take more than 7 credit hours in one fall semester, spring semester or summer term  must complete an overload petition with their advisor. 

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Requisite Course


Most programs have a requisite (5000) course that is mandatory if the student has no academic experience in the area. The requisite course must be completed prior to registration for a core course in the declared major. The student who selects an elective course in another major should enroll in the requisite course if he or she does not have an academic background in that area. A maximum of three 5000 courses outside the student's declared major(s) may be applied as elective credit toward the graduate degree program.

If the student can demonstrate academic proficiency in a major, a request for a waiver of the requisite course may be made by submitting a Program Option Request form and documentation to the local director. A student who is granted a waiver of the requisite course in the declared major may not enroll in that course for elective credit after the initial term. A waiver does not change the credit hours required for completion of the MA , MS, MHA and MPA degree.

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Integrated Studies Course


Each major has a required culminating 6000 or 6200 capstone course. A thesis or project, where allowed, may meet requirements for the 6000 integrated studies course. This substitution is requested on the Program Option Request form. Core courses in the declared major must be completed prior to the student's enrollment in one of these program options. Under the thesis or project option, 3 credit hours will meet requirements for the integrated studies course and 3 credit hours will be considered elective credit.

Integrated studies courses (capstone courses) may not be taken as electives.  A student may not count more than one integrated studies course toward a single graduate degree.

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Graduate/Undergraduate Registration

Courses numbered in the 5000 and 6000 series are graduate courses. An upper-division undergraduate student may enroll in graduate courses with written permission of his or her advisor.

Webster University 4000-series courses are undergraduate senior-level courses. With prior approval a graduate student may enroll in a 4000-series course. A maximum of 6 credit hours of 4000-series courses from Webster University can be applied to a graduate degree, except in the MBA. Prior approval requires the written permission of the Office of the Provost or designee. These courses may be applied toward the student's graduate degree. 4000-series courses may only be transferred in with grades of B– or better.

Students who take 4000- or 5000-series courses to complete an undergraduate degree may not apply these courses to meet credit-hour requirements for a graduate degree, except in the combined degree programs.

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Add/Drop/Withdraw Procedures


Students enrolled in online courses may not add classes or change sections of a course after the term has begun.

A student may drop a course by completion of an official Drop Slip prior to the conclusion of the drop/add period. Students may also contact their local campus for assistance with dropping courses.  Informing the course instructor is not sufficient notice for adding or dropping a course. (Students may drop or add online.)

A student may add a campus course within six calendar days of the first officially scheduled class meeting of the course section, if they have the permission of the Instructor. To add the class students must submit a Add Slip signed by their instructor.

A student may drop a course within the first two weeks of the term. Students may drop online or they may contact their local campus for assistance.  For more detailed information please refer to the Refunds section of the catalog. In these circumstances, the enrollment is not recorded, tuition charges are not incurred, and certification for veterans' educational benefits is not filed.

The drop or add procedures must be followed when a student changes from one section of a course to another section. Students may not change sections in online courses after the term has begun. A change from one section to another must occur during the drop/add period. Changing a section without following these procedures may result in no credit being awarded. A student may withdraw from a course by filing a Withdrawal Petition or contacting their local campus location prior to the Friday of the sixth week of the term. A grade of W will be recorded on the transcript. Students should consult the Refunds section under Tuition, Fees, and Refunds for further information.

If veterans' educational benefits apply, the regional V.A. office will be notified of the date on which a student officially ceases attendance.

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Term and Class Schedule


For most graduate programs, the graduate academic calendar consists of five nine-week terms per year: Summer, Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2. Terms are eight weeks in duration for the School of Education (MAT, MA and MET), MSN, and at international locations.

Graduate classes meet for four hours one night a week for nine weeks. There are exceptions to this schedule. Weekend classes are offered at some Webster University locations. Daytime classes are also offered at the London campus and other locations. Course schedules listing the terms and courses offered are available at each location.

School of Education students interested in the MAT, MA and MET programs should contact the School of Education.

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Course Attendance

The University reserves the right to drop students who do not attend class the first week of the term/semester. Students are expected to attend all class sessions of every course. In the case of unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor. The student is subject to appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences. A student who misses more than one four-hour course period (per course) without a documented military or medical excuse and advance permission from the instructor should withdraw from the class within the time period allowed for withdrawals.

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Advancement to Candidacy


Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement. A student who receives one F or two C's before advancement is dismissed. Students admitted on a conditional basis into the School of Business and Technology, the College of Arts & Sciences, or the School of Communications are limited to taking one course per term. Such students who earn one grade of C or below before they are advanced to candidacy will be dismissed without further right to appeal for reinstatement. Exceptions for international students may apply.

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

MFA, Arts Management and Leadership

  • Admission to the program constitutes advancement to candidacy
  • One grade of F, or two grades of C constitute dismissal from the program.

MA in Art

  • Advancement to candidacy in the MA in Art Program is achieved by completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours with grades of B or above and a positive faculty evaluation in the Graduate Advancement to Candidacy Review.
  • One grade of F, or two grades of C constitute dismissal from the program.

School of Education (MA, MAT, MET)

Students not advanced to candidacy are not eligible to continue in their programs. After completing 9-12 credit hours within an MAT, MA or MET major and before 21 credit hours, the student's performance and program are evaluated to determine whether the student should be advanced to candidacy. (Transfer hours from other colleges and universities do not count in the eligibility for candidacy hours.) Students who do not file their ATC paperwork on time will have a hold placed on their account and will not be allowed to register for subsequent terms until the paperwork has been filed and their ATC granted.

While advancement to candidacy indicates that a student shows the requisite ability and interest to complete the program successfully, the degree candidate continues to receive advising and is evaluated routinely until all other program requirements have been met.

It is the student's responsibility to pick up an Advancement to Candidacy form from his or her advisor during registration once he or she has completed 9 credit hours of coursework.

To be eligible for advancement, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must have successfully completed 9 credit hours within a major. Courses taken before entry to the program and/or in-service courses cannot be counted toward advancement.
  • The student must have a current grade point average of at least 3.0 (B).

School of Education (EdS)

Educational Leadership
After completing 1 block in the program, the student is advanced to candidacy when the portfolio or other approved documentation method is submitted by the student and approved by faculty.

Educational Technology Leadership
After completing 9 credit hours in the program, all degree-seeking students are required to be advanced to candidacy. For specific details please see your advisor.

School Systems, Superintendency and Leadership
After completing 6-12 hours in the program, the student is advanced to candidacy when the portfolio or other approved documentation method is submitted by the student and approved by faculty.

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