Academic Policies


2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

--This page was modified on 20 June 2014. Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--


Conduct

Students enrolling in a graduate program at Webster University assume the obligation of conducting themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Misconduct for which students are subject to discipline may be divided into the following categories:

  • All forms of dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University. (See Academic Honesty Policy in this catalog.)
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University activities or of other authorized activities on University premises.
  • Classroom disruption. Behavior occurring within the academic arena, including but not limited to classroom disruption or obstruction of teaching, is within the jurisdiction of Academic Affairs. In cases of alleged campus and/or classroom disruption or obstruction, a faculty member and/or administrator may take immediate action to restore order and/or to prevent further disruption (e.g., removal of student[s] from class or other setting). Faculty members have original jurisdiction to address the immediacy of a situation as they deem appropriate. When necessary and appropriate, Public Safety and/or the local [or military] police may be contacted to assist with restoring peace and order. Faculty response is forwarded to the academic dean (or his or her designee) for review and, if necessary, further action. Further action might include permanent removal from the course. Repeated offenses could lead to removal from the program and/or the University.
  • Theft of or damage to property of the University.

Students who engage in any of the above misconducts may be subject to dismissal from the University on careful consideration by the Office of the Provost or his designee. To the extent that penalties for any of these misconducts (e.g., theft or destruction of property) are prescribed by law, the University will consider appropriate action under such laws.

Students are subject to the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedure described in the Online Student Handbook.

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Academic Honesty Policy

The University is committed to high standards of academic conduct and integrity. Students will be held responsible for violations of academic honesty.

Definitions of Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty includes the following and any other forms of academic dishonesty:

Cheating—Using or attempting to use crib sheets, electronic sources, stolen exams, unauthorized study aids in an academic assignment, or copying or colluding with a fellow student in an effort to improve one's grade.

Fabrication—Falsifying, inventing, or misstating any data, information, or citation in an academic assignment, field experience, academic credentials, job application or placement file.

Plagiarism—Using the works (i.e. words, images, other materials) of another person as one's own words without proper citation in any academic assignment. This includes submission (in whole or in part) of any work purchased or downloaded from a Web site or an Internet paper clearinghouse.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty—Assisting or attempting to assist any person to commit any act of academic misconduct, such as allowing someone to copy a paper or test answers.

Disciplinary Actions

In most cases, the instructor will address issues of academic dishonesty within the confines of the student's course. The instructor may decide an appropriate consequence, including the following options: a written warning; the assignment of a written research project about the nature of plagiarism and academic honesty; a reduced grade or partial credit on the assignment; requiring the student to repeat the assignment; or issuing a failing grade to the student of the course.

If a student receives an unsatisfactory grade (C, F) in a course as a result of academic dishonesty, existing academic policies may lead to warning, probation or dismissal.

In extreme cases, a dishonesty violation may warrant consideration for dismissal, suspension, or other disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions require a formal judicial process as outlined in the Student Handbook.

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Credit Hours

Credit hours are based on semester hours. Most Webster University graduate courses are 3-credit-hour courses. Credits which are transcripted by other institutions as quarter-hours will be transferred using a 2/3 conversion factor.

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Continuing Enrollment

MA, MBA, MFA, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN

A student who has not enrolled in Webster University graduate degree coursework for five consecutive terms must enroll for the sixth term, or the student will be required to meet the program degree requirements stated in the catalog that is current when the student resumes classes with Webster University. This regulation may not apply to students whose work assignments are remote from a Webster University extended-campus location or who have permission to complete studies at another institution.

If a student is enrolled continuously and core-course requirements change, the student may opt to complete the revised core curriculum.

School of Education

MA, MAT and MET

Students must complete their degree within seven years of entry into a graduate program. Students who are unable to finish their program within seven years must apply to the Dean, School of Education for an extension.

EdS

Students who enter the program must complete all degree requirements within five years after completion of their initial EdS course. Students who apply but do not enroll within one year must submit a new application to both the university and the program.  

A student may apply to the Dean, School of Education for a leave of absence for one year.  If the absence is approved, the five-year program limit will be suspended for that year and will resume at the end of the leave of absence, whether or not the student enrolls in EdS courses.

Students who have been absent from program for longer than one year, and who wish to sit for a licensure exam, are responsible for updating their knowledge before they take the test during the current exam year.

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Grades

DMgt, EdS, MA, MAT, MBA, MET, MFA, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN

Grades reflect the following standards:

  • A/A-:  Superior graduate work Instructors may choose not to use the pluses and minuses.
  • B+/B/B-:  Satisfactory graduate work Instructors may choose not to use the pluses and minuses.
  • C:  Work that is barely adequate as graduate-level performance
  • CR:  Work that is performed as satisfactory graduate work (B– or better). A grade of "CR" is reserved for courses designated by a department, involving internships, a thesis, practicums, or specified courses.
  • NC:  Unsatisfactory graduate work (used primarily by School of Education)
  • F*:  Work that is unsatisfactory
  • I:  Incomplete work
  • ZF:   An incomplete which was not completed within one year of the end of the course. ZF is treated the same as an F or NC for all cases involving GPA, academic warning, probation, and dismissal.
  • IP:   In progress
  • W:  Withdrawn from the course
  • WF:   Unofficial Withdrawal: A student enrolled for the course, did not withdraw, and failed to complete course requirements. Used when, in the opinion of the instructor, there is insufficient completed work to evaluate academic performance. WF is treated the same as an F or NC for all cases involving GPA, academic warning, probation, and dismissal

*The School of Education (MAT, MA and EdS) does not utilize the "F" Grade.

A student in the School of Education may choose to receive Credit/No Credit, rather than a letter grade, by completing a grade choice form by the second week of classes. Education students must complete 33 credit hours with a B average or the equivalent.

Grades are available on the Internet to all students at the end of each scheduled term. (A hard copy is available upon request and may be requested online via the Academic Services Channel within Connections.)

Grade Point Average

DMgt, EdS, MA, MAT, MBA, MET, MFA, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated on all graded work, including transfer credit, applied toward all graduate degrees. Graduate students are expected to maintain a GPA of B or higher.

A 4-point system is used to calculate the GPA:

A = 4.0 pts.
A– = 3.67 pts
B+ = 3.33 pts.
B = 3.0 pts.
B– = 2.67 pts.
C = 2.0 pts.
F* = 0 pts.
ZF = 0 pts.
NC = 0 pts.
WF = 0 pts.

* The School of Education (MAT, MA, MET and EdS) does not utilize the "F"grade.

Grades of Incomplete, Withdrawn, or Credit for Webster University graduate courses, or Credit or Pass for transfer courses, are not used in calculating the GPA. When courses are repeated, the latter course is used for GPA calculation.

Grade Appeals

Normally, grade disputes should be resolved between the student and the instructor. Students may discuss any grade with the instructor. A student who believes he/she has received a grade of NC, C or F that is arbitrary or assigned for nonacademic reasons may discuss the grade with the appropriate chair in St. Louis, or the site director at extended campuses. If the grade dispute is not resolved within three months, the student may appeal the grade to the appropriate dean to review the procedures the instructor used in determining the grade. Grade appeals should be addressed in a timely manner, and are not considered after one academic year.

Grades leading to academic warning, probation, or dismissal apply to one 3-credit-hour course or three 1-credit-hour professional seminars. A grade of C, F, WF, or ZF in a 6-credit-hour internship, project, or thesis is equal to two grades of C or F for academic warning, probation, and dismissal purposes. Once a student graduates, no further grade changes are allowed on the enrollment record.

Incomplete Process

A grade of incomplete (I) may be assigned by the instructor in situations where the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course, and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling. The instructor determines the appropriateness of a grade of I, establishes the remaining requirements, and determines a deadline for course completion. These requirements for resolution of the I grade are documented with a "course incomplete" form.

A grade of I in a course needed for graduation must be officially changed to an appropriate grade prior to the due date for grades for the term the student has petitioned to graduate. Students are responsible for ensuring that all grades of I have been changed prior to graduation. Students with two or more grades of I will generally not be allowed to enroll in additional coursework until the grades of I are resolved. After one calendar year has passed, the grade of I (Incomplete) will become a ZF. Students participating in military education programs, and in some corporate sponsored tuition plans, may have other deadlines or "I" grade stipulations that impact their enrollment and/or tuition reimbursement. These students are responsible for compliance with these third-party requirements. Once a student graduates, no further grade changes are allowed on the enrollment record.

Repeated Courses

Students must repeat a core course in which an F, WF, or ZF is earned. The student's enrollment history will document both enrollments and grades, but only the higher grade will be used for GPA calculation. Students may repeat an elective course in which an F, WF, or ZF is earned. If a grade of B– or better is awarded for the repeated course, probation status may be lifted, and the F, WF, or ZF will not be a qualifier for future probation or dismissal. Records of progress are kept by the institution on both veteran and non-veteran students.

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Graduate Academic Honors

EdS, MA, MAT, MBA, MET, MFA, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN

A student who completes a graduate degree (including all required, elective, prerequisite, and transfer courses) while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.950 receives Graduate Academic Honors. Accelerated sequential degrees are excluded from this designation.

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Academic Warning, Probation and Dismissal

MA, MS, MBA, MHA, MFA, MM, MPA, DMgt

Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum B grade average. The graduate student has a responsibility to demonstrate the ability to complete graduate-level coursework, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly. If the student receives grades of C, F, WF, ZF, or NC the following conditions prevail:

Before Advancement to Candidacy (within first 12 credit hours of the program)

Probation Before Advancement—A student who receives a C grade is on probation.

Dismissal Before Advancement—A student who receives two C grades, an F, a ZF, a WF, or an NC is dismissed. A conditional basis student who receives one grade of C or below is dismissed, without further right to appeal for reinstatement.

After Advancement to Candidacy (after successfully completing first 12 credit hours of the program)

Academic Warning—A student who has been advanced to candidacy and receives one grade of C is sent a notice of academic warning.

Probation After Advancement—A student who receives one grade of F, ZF or WF, or two grades of C is placed on probation. The student is deemed to be on probation as soon as the grade which results in probation is submitted. Students will receive formal written notice of probation by the Office of Academic Affairs in St. Louis. Students on probation are expected to limit their enrollment to one course (3 credit hours) per term.

Dismissal After Advancement— A student who receives a grade of C and a grade of F, ZF, WF, or NC or two grades of F, ZF, WF, or NC or three grades of C is automatically dismissed from the University. The student is deemed to be dismissed as soon as the grade which results in dismissal is submitted. Students will receive formal written notice of dismissal from the Office of Academic Affairs in St. Louis. Students who are dismissed cannot enroll or attend classes unless and until they are reinstated or readmitted pursuant to relevant policies. Dismissal from a graduate program is dismissal from Webster University. The University also reserves the right to dismiss students who continuously withdraw from coursework and do not make satisfactory academic progress.

Students can also be dismissed from the program for violations of United States criminal codes.

Any conduct that is detrimental to the school and/or other students will result in the termination of educational benefits from the Veterans' Administration.

Sequential Degree Probation and Dismissal

  • A student who receives one grade of C is placed on probation.
  • A student who receives one grade of F, ZF or WF, or two grades of C is dismissed from the program.

School of Education EdS, MA, MAT, and MET

Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum B grade average to remain in good academic standing. The graduate student has a responsibility to demonstrate the ability to complete graduate-level coursework, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly. If the student receives grades of C, ZF, WF, or NC (excluding courses numbered 5210) the following conditions prevail:

Academic Warning—A student who receives one grade of C is sent a notice of academic warning.

Probation—A student who receives one grade of Z, WF, or NC, or two grades of C is placed on probation. The student is deemed to be on probation as soon as the grade which results in probation is submitted.

Students will receive formal written notice of probation by the Office of Academic Affairs in St. Louis. Students on probation are expected to limit their enrollment to 3 credit hours per term or 6 credit hours per semester.  Students on probation should consult with their advisors to address any academic problems or concerns.

A student is removed from probationary status if he/she subsequently completes 6 credit hours of graduate coursework with a grade of B or better. A student in the School Systems, Superintendency and Leadership program (EdS), or the Educational Leadership program (EdS) is removed from probation if he/she successfully completes the current semester courses with a grade of B or better. A grade of C, NC, WF, or ZF previously acquired remains a part of the student's total academic record and may contribute to the student's dismissal.

Dismissal— A student who receives a grade of C and a grade of ZF, WF, or NC; or two grades of ZF, WF, or NC; or three grades of C is automatically dismissed from the University. The student is deemed to be dismissed as soon as the grade which results in dismissal is submitted. Students will receive formal written notice from the Office of Academic Affairs in St. Louis.

Students who are dismissed cannot enroll or attend classes unless and until they are reinstated or readmitted pursuant to relevant policies. Dismissal from a graduate program is dismissal from Webster University.

The University also reserves the right to dismiss students who repeatedly withdraw from coursework and do not make satisfactory academic progress.

Students can also be dismissed from the program for violations of United States criminal codes or University policy.

Any conduct that is detrimental to the school and/or other students will result in the termination of educational benefits from the Veterans' Administration.

Master of Science Nursing (MSN)

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress. If a MSN student receives a grade of C, F, WF, or ZF, the following conditions apply:

Probation: A student who receives a C is on probation.

Dismissal: A student who receives two Cs, an F, WF, or a ZF is dismissed from the University. Students who are dismissed cannot enroll or attend classes unless and until they are reinstated pursuant to relevant University reinstatement policies.

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Reinstatement

The student may send a written appeal for reinstatement to the Graduate Council in care of the Office of Academic Affairs. The student must send the appeal stating the basis for his or her request for reinstatement no sooner than one term following the dismissal but within one year following the issuance of the last grade that resulted in the dismissal. The student is responsible for providing a complete and accurate statement describing the circumstances that contributed to his or her poor academic performance. Campus or program directors and faculty may provide recommendations to the Graduate Council as to whether or not a student should be reinstated. If the Graduate Council denies the reinstatement appeal, the former student may apply for readmission after one calendar year.

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Readmission

A student may send a written appeal stating the basis for his or her request for readmission to the Graduate Council in care of the Office of Academic Affairs. A student must send the appeal no sooner than one year following the issuance of the last grade that qualified the student for dismissal, or after a reinstatement appeal was denied by the Graduate Council. The student is responsible for providing a complete and accurate statement describing the circumstances that contributed to his or her poor academic performance.

Two types of dismissal situations that might create grounds for readmission are: 1) a student has a generally good graduate record at Webster University but experiences a work or personal problem that leads to poor performance; or 2) a student's background is weak in a specific area, e.g., accounting, that leads to poor performance in courses in that area or a related area, e.g., finance.

In the case of a past work or personal problem, the student should submit information or documentation that indicates the nature of the original problem and how it has been resolved. In the case of a weak background in a specific area, the student should demonstrate the attainment of the necessary knowledge and/or skills to do graduate work at Webster University, such as successful completion of remedial work in the problem area. In either instance, the student might demonstrate the ability to do graduate work by voluntarily taking a standardized test such as the GMAT.

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Dual Majors

A student may select dual majors from related majors. Dual majors require completion of the requirements in both majors. If the requisite course is waived in either or both majors, a course substitution for the requisite course is not required. The student may receive the degree in the dual majors on completion of the course requirements for the remaining courses. The Counseling MA degree, the MS degree areas,  the MBA, the MHA and MPA degree areas are not eligible for the dual major option. MBA students should consider the MBA with an emphasis instead. International Relations is excluded as a dual major except in Geneva in combination with the human resources development degree.

The following policies apply to dual majors:

  • Dual majors may require more than 36 credit hours for completion of the degree if requisite courses are not waived.*
  • The dual major should be declared before the student has completed six (6) credit hours of coursework to avoid duplication of coursework or the need to take additional classes. Students must meet with their academic advisor to declare the dual major and complete a new program plan.
  • A student who has declared dual majors may transfer into the degree program only courses that are equivalent to required courses.
  • A student who earns two grades of C in a major will not meet dual major requirements in that major, unless one of the C grades is repeated with a grade of B- or better.

*The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requires special approval for students utilizing veterans' educational benefits to enroll in more than 36 credit hours. Students should request approval on the Program Option Request form.

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Dual Degree Option: MBA/MHA

The MBA/MHA dual degree option requires the completion of 57 credit hours consisting of the 9 required core courses (27 credit hours) in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and the 10 required core courses (30 credit hours) in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), as listed in the respective sections of this catalog.

Upon completion of the 57 credits, two separate diplomas are issued at the same time. The two degrees cannot be awarded separately or sequentially under this arrangement. Dual degree students must take BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics, but they may substitute another relevant graduate course for the HLTH 5100 Statistics for Health Administration requirement. (They may also complete both statistics courses as an option.)

Dual Degree Option: INTL/INGO

The dual major in International Relations and International Non-Governmental Organizations is designed for the student who wishes to seek a single master of arts degree with two majors: International Relations and International Non-Governmental Relations. Unlike a sequential or dual degree, the student earns a single master's degree but with two concentrations. It is therefore more credit hours (51 credit hours) than a single-concentration master's (36 credit hours) but still fewer than a sequential degree (60 or 63 credit hours).

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Sequential Master's Degree

MA, MBA, MS, MHA, MPA, MS

A student who has earned an MA, MBA, MS, MHA, or MPA from Webster University or another regionally accredited college or university (or its international equivalent) may earn a sequential MA, MBA, MS, MHA, or MPA in another major. The sequential master's degree requires completion of all the core courses in the declared major. The student must complete an elective to meet the core-course requirement if the 5000 course is waived.

If a student has completed any required courses as part of a previous Webster University master's degree, approval for substitute coursework must be requested and approved prior to enrollment. Please note that courses required as program pre-requisites such as MBA pre-requisites will not count toward the minimum number of hours required for the degree.

Minimum 21 credit hours required for:

    • MA in Media Communications
    • MA in Procurement and Acquisitions Management

Minimum 24 credit hours required for:

    • MA in Business and Organizational Security Management
    • MA in Gerontology
    • MA in Health Care Management
    • MA in Human Resources Development
    • MA in International Nongovernmental Organizations
    • MA in Management and Leadership
    • MA in Marketing
    • Master of Business Administration

Miniumum 27 credit hours required for:

    • MS in Cybersecurity
    • MS in Environmental Management
    • MS in Finance
    • Master of Health Administration
    • MA in Human Resources Management
    • MA in International Relations
    • MA in Information Technology Management
    • Master of Public Administration

Minimum 30 credit hours required for:

    • MS in Forensic Accounting

Minimum 36 credit hours required for:

    • MA in Legal Studies
    • MA in International Business

Students may only earn one graduate degree within the School of Communications. If a student holds a graduate degree outside of the School of Communications and wishes to pursue the MA in Communications Management, MA in Public Relations, MA in Advertising and Marketing or MA in Media Literacy, he or she should meet with an advisor regarding possible course reductions.

Art, counseling, and other specialized master's degrees are excluded as sequential master's degree options.

The following conditions apply to the sequential master's degree:

A Webster University graduate with an MA, MBA, MS, MHA, or an MPA may earn the sequential master's by completing the required core courses (minimum 21 credit hours) detailed in the declared major curriculum. The student who holds a master's or doctoral degree from another regionally accredited college or university may earn the sequential MA by completing the required core courses (minimum 21 credit hours) detailed in the declared major curriculum. MBA prerequisite courses, or other prerequisite requirements, may not be used to reduce sequential degree requirements. No transfer of credit may be applied toward this minimum residency.

Sequential MBA

A student who holds an MA, MS or an equivalent graduate degree from Webster University or from another regionally accredited college or university (or its international equivalent) may earn a sequential MBA from Webster University.

Transfer credit may not be applied toward the sequential MBA, except as specified below.   

These conditions apply to the student seeking the sequential MBA:

  • The student must meet the core course requirements of the MBA.  If the student enrolled in any of the MBA core courses as required courses or electives in his or her MA, MS or an equivalent graduate degree program, 6 credit hours of those courses may be counted toward the 30 credit hours of MBA core courses, thus reducing the MBA core requirements to 24 credits. 
  • Advancement to Candidacy for Sequential MBA
    • Sequential MBA degree-seeking students who received the MA or MS from Webster University will be advanced to candidacy with the initial registration.
    • A student who received the master's degree from another regionally accredited institution will be advanced to candidacy on approval of the master's degree transcript.

Sequential Master's Degree in the School of Education

  1. A student who holds an MA or MAT from Webster's School of Education may earn a sequential MA by completing the required courses (ranging from 21 to 24 credit hours depending on the sequential program) detailed in the declared major curriculum.
  2. A student who holds a master's or doctoral degree in an education related field from another regionally accredited college or university may earn a sequential MA by completing the required core courses (ranging from 21 to 24 credit hours depending on the sequential degree program) detailed in the declared major curriculum.
  3. No transfer of credit may be applied toward the minimum required courses.
  4. Students working on a sequential MA or MAT are required to complete the School of Education ATC (Advancement to Candidacy) process for their sequential degree.
  5. If a student has completed any required courses as part of a previous Webster University master's degree, approval for substitute coursework must be requested and approved prior to enrollment.
  6. Any student with a non-education master's degree, representing any other discipline outside of the field of education, must have the approval of the program coordinator and the Dean, before beginning or enrolling in any master's program in the School of Education. In order to determine which program coordinator to talk to, please contact the School of Education at 314-246-8007.

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Directed Studies

On a limited basis, and in documented cases of unavoidable absence, a student may request a directed study to complete a required core graduate course outlined in this catalog. Generally, a request for a directed study will be denied when the student has the option to enroll in an online section of the course. The following conditions prevail if a course is to be completed as a directed study:

  • A basis for the directed study must be documented. The documentation should demonstrate a clear academic rationale for a directed study. Requests for directed studies are to be written and submitted to the local director on extended campuses and in St. Louis to the appropriate dean or designee by the student on a Program Option Request form along with the supporting documentation.
  • Initial approval must be given by the local director. Final approval must be granted on extended sites by the associate vice president for academic affairs and on the St. Louis campus by the appropriate dean.
  • The course must be in the curriculum at the campus where the student is enrolled and be a core requirement in the student's program (directed studies are not approved for electives).Students pursuing the MA, MAT, MBA, MHA, or MS are permitted a maximum of two directed studies unless further restricted by that program. Students are encouraged to utilize a directed study only as a last resort. Elective courses are excluded from this option.
  • Directed studies are identified by the catalog course prefix, number, and title and include a directed study notation. Example: MNGT 5650 Management and Strategy: Directed Study.
  • Directed studies in media communications may be options at the St. Louis campus and carry the designation MEDC 5200.Individually designed courses may be an option in an individualized degree program at the St. Louis campus and carry the designation INDZ 5200.

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Internship

In some majors, students may arrange an internship in a business or agency setting. Internships carry a 6500 course number plus the major prefix, with the exception of COUN 6000 Counseling Learning Practicum.

The internship option requires that the student has completed all the required courses (except 6000) in the declared major/emphasis. Internships (6500) do not substitute for overview (6000) or capstone course requirements.

An internship is permitted only in a student's declared major or MBA area of emphasis. Three to 6 credit hours may be earned in internship. Counseling students are exempt from this policy and may complete up to 12 credit hours of practicum if it is required by state licensure law. Students pursuing the MA or the MBA with an emphasis may complete a maximum of 6 credit hours of internship.

Internships are not available to School of Education MAT, MA or EdS students or MBA students without an area of emphasis.

Approvals of internships are made on a case-by-case basis for graduate students in the School of Communications. A student must meet the prerequisites of MEDC 5390 Practicum and other guidelines to be considered and must submit a written proposal. The proposed internship experience must be strategic in nature and must be directly related to the student's graduate field of study. No internship/practicum experience is available for online students.

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Thesis or Project

Completing a thesis or thesis project (the 6250 course number) is a major undertaking for students and instructors alike. Graduate students electing this option will invest significant time and energy in preparing primary and secondary research that will add to the body of knowledge of their fields of study, or they will produce a project of significant original material. Due to the faculty supervision requirement online students may not pursue the thesis or project option.

Several levels of instructor and administrator approvals are necessary before a candidate can proceed with the 6250 option. Students should see their campus director or department chair (if studying at the St. Louis campus) for the copies of the thesis guidelines and the necessary forms for pursuing this course. Students are advised to apply for this option before completing 21 credit hours in order to complete the authorization process in a timely manner. The thesis option is not available in an online format.

Before taking the 6250 course the student will have completed all the required courses (except the 6000 integrated studies course) in the declared major/emphasis. A thesis may not be substituted for a core course with the exception of the 6000 integrated studies course. Students pursuing a dual major may substitute a thesis option for only one 6000 capstone course. Students who have received a grade of "C" in any core course(s), or who are on academic warning or probation, may not pursue the thesis option. The thesis option is not available in some degree programs and majors.

The 6250 student initially registers for a minimum of 3 credit hours and subsequently maintains a minimum enrollment of 2–3 credit hours until the thesis is completed. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be applied toward the graduate degree, with appropriate approvals. Credit for the thesis is awarded in non-letter grade format (Credit/No Credit.)

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Certificate Program Policies and Procedures

A certificate program normally consists of an identified sequence of coursework within a narrowly defined discipline. Certificate programs are designed for both degree-seeking students and individuals who already possess a baccalaureate degree. Admission policies for certificate-seeking students are the same as for degree-seeking students.

Requirements for Certificate Programs

  • All courses to be applied to a certificate program must be completed according to graduate level academic expectations. Some departments may establish a higher overall cumulative grade requirement for specific certificate programs.
  • Courses fulfilling the requirements of a certificate program may also be used to satisfy the requirements of a degree program, but may not be used to complete another certificate.
  • Transfer credits are not applicable to certificate programs.

The general academic and financial policies of the University apply to certificate-seeking students. On completion of the approved program, certificates are awarded at Commencement. See listing of all Webster University certificates.

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Credit by Examination/Experiential Learning

Credit by Examination and experiential learning programs are offered at the undergraduate degree level. Only the School of Education has limited credit by examination opportunities at the graduate level.

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Transfer of Credit

MA, MBA, MET, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN

Transfer credit may not be applied toward certificate programs.

Webster University allows limited transfer credit to apply toward graduate programs, when the transfer course is directly applicable (relevant) to the specific master's degree and the following factors are satisfied. The University's transfer policies are based, in part, on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recommended guidelines and framework. While transfer decisions are not made solely on the source of the accreditation of the sending program or institution, Webster University generally expects transfer coursework to originate from a regionally accredited institution. Other essential academic factors involved in the transfer decision include: existing articulation agreements, comparability, course level, content, grades, course equivalency, course or program prerequisites, and applicability of the transfer request towards the specific degree and major (relevancy to the program).

A maximum of 12 credit hours of relevant graduate credit from other regionally accredited graduate institutions or professional military education depending on the requirements of the specific degree program may be transferred into a student's graduate degree program, subject to evaluation and approval. Only 9 credit hours of transfer credit are allowed for students in the MBA program. Transfer credit in which the student has earned a grade of B– or above, which is relevant to the student's degree program and which has not been applied toward the completion of a degree, will be considered for review.

Several defined government and/or military cooperative degree programs (e.g., Captains' Career Courses) provide transfer credit. Formal articulation agreements define transfer credit for these limited programs. See http://www.webster.edu/military/cooperative.shtml. Requests for transfer of credit must be submitted in writing by the student on the Request for Transfer of Credit form. Transfer of credit should be arranged at the time the student matriculates.

Credit will be transferred in strict accordance with the guidelines established by the American Council on Education. Only those schools or courses recommended for graduate credit by that Council will be considered in the evaluation of transfer credit. Credits which are transcripted as quarter-hours will be transferred using a 2/3 conversion factor.

As part of the overall Webster University student transfer of credit policy, Webster University will assign a grade of "CR" to all passing grades from recognized non-U.S. or non-American style educational institutions. Approved transfers of credit will be recorded officially after the student is fully accepted into the degree program. If the approved courses to be transferred have not been completed at the time of full acceptance, the student may request the transfer of credit at a later time. This transfer of credit should be requested before the student has completed 18 credit hours with Webster University.

School of Education MA, MAT and MET

Students may transfer, with approval, either:

  • 6 credit hours from another graduate institution and 3 credit hours of approved Graduate Education In-Service credit or
  • 3 credit hours from another graduate institution and 6 credit hours of approved Graduate Education In-Service credit (MA/Reading students may not transfer in 6 hours of  Graduate Education In-Service).

A maximum of 6 credit hours from other colleges or universities may be transferred into the degree program. The course(s) being transferred must meet the following criteria:

  • The course is required to achieve the program goals and is relevant to the student's major.
  • The course carries graduate credit toward an accredited master's degree program at the sponsoring institution.
  • The course was not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.
  • The course must carry a grade of A, B, or Credit.
  • The course must have been completed within five years before admission into the program.

Courses taken at other colleges or universities after admission to the program and Graduate Education In-Service courses ordinarily may not be transferred for credit. Waivers would require the following:

  • Prior approval by an advisor and relevant area coordinator must be granted on "prior permission form" before the course is taken.
  • The course does not duplicate one offered at Webster University. (Note: This does not refer only to courses offered in the current semester, but to any similar course Webster University offers.)
  • The student fills out a Request for Transfer of Credit form (available in the School of Education Office) and submits it, along with an official transcript of the course(s) being requested, to the School of Education Office. When the transfer hours have been approved and processed, the student will be notified.

Students may request approval of the transfer courses at any time after admission to the program. Approved transfer hours are not used in evaluating advancement-to-candidacy or probation and dismissal actions.

EdS Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 6 credit hours of relevant post-graduate credit from other regionally accredited graduate institutions or professional military education may be transferred into the student's graduate degree program (EdS), subject to evaluation and approval. Transfer of credit in which the student has earned a grade of B– or above, which is relevant to the student's degree program and which has not been applied toward the completion of a degree, will be considered for review. Requests for transfer of credit must be submitted in writing by the student on the "Request for Transfer of Credit" form with an accompanying official transcript.

When the transfer hours have been approved and processed, the student will be notified. Students may request approval of the transfer of credit at any time after admission to the program.

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Core Course Substitution

The student must submit a request for substitution of a course for a required core course to the local director/advisor on a Program Option Request form and must include documentation to support the substitution request. The decision to approve or deny a core course substitution request rests with the associate vice president for academic affairs or designee and is based on an evaluation of the student's exposure to equivalent subject matter.

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Petition/Graduation Requirements

The student is responsible for completing degree requirements including, but not limited to, changes of grade, core course substitutions, program evaluation, and the petition to graduate, in accordance with the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. A student should complete a petition to graduate at the time of registration for his or her final term.

Prior to their degree completion, students are assigned a non-refundable graduation candidacy fee, which covers degree audit functions, diploma production, and future transcript requests.

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Transcripts

A student request for an official transcript must be in writing and directed to the Office of the Registrar. The University will issue the official transcript only if the student's account is paid in full.

An unofficial copy of the transcript is sent to the student with their diploma after completion of degree requirements. The University issues the unofficial transcript only if the student's account is paid in full.

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Diploma

The University will issue the diploma to students who have completed all degree requirements if the student's account is paid in full. Diplomas are sent from the Office of the Registrar approximately 8-10 weeks after the degree conferral appears on the student's record.

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--This page was modified on 20 June 2014. Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.--