Admission


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

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


General Admission Information

The University considers applications for admission on a rolling basis.  The Admission Committee reviews applications as soon as all supporting documents have been received. Applicants are encouraged to apply at the beginning of the semester prior to which they wish to enroll. Students should apply to only one Webster campus. Applicants may contact the Admission Office to request a change in the Webster campus location of an existing application.

Contact Information for the Office of Admission


Office Location:
Webster University
Webster Hall 130
470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
U.S.A.

Email: admit@webster.edu
Phone: 314-246-7800 or 1-800-753-6765
Fax: 314-246-7116

Applications and supporting documents may be sent by regular mail or post to: 
Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63119


Application documents submitted from outside the United States may be use the following mailing address:
Webster University
40 North Rock Hill Road
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-2242
USA
ATTN: Office of Admission

Prospective applicants to one of the University's worldwide campuses should make direct contact with the Admission Office at the campus in which they are interested. Campus addresses, phone and fax numbers, and web addresses is available at http://www.webster.edu/locations/

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Degree Seeking

Admission Criteria
Applicants considered for admission to graduate studies at Webster University must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution recognized by Webster University, and meet all program admission standards.  Applicants who have a completed baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution must satisfy program requirements or requisites, including a 2.5* (on a 4.0 scale) minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at their degree granting institution for full admission. Students who completed their university education outside the U.S. must have earned an equivalent recognized baccalaureate degree as determined by Webster University. Students who have completed the necessary academic preparation for admission to accredited/recognized Master's-level university programs in their native system of education, providing their academic preparation was at least three years in length will be considered for admission using the normal Webster University admission criteria.  Consideration includes a minimum, cumulative GPA as calculated by Webster University.

Any transcripts not issued in English will require a certified English translation in addition to the official original language document. The admission decision will be made only after all required documents are on file with the appropriate office at the University.

Additional Application Requirements by Program:
Some academic programs have additional admission requirements, which are specified in their respective section of the catalog.   After the application is completed, the University Admission Committee will render an academic admission decision.  Upon submission or completion of the portfolio or audition, the respective department's admission committee will render a programmatic decision. 

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Acceptance

Applicants should submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the Office of Admission at the following address:

Office of Admission
Webster University
Attn: [Campus Location to which you wish to apply]
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

To be considered official, transcripts must be received by Webster University directly from the issuing institution. If the student is to deliver transcripts, they must be in sealed, unopened envelopes and certified with the official seal of the issuing institution.   Official transcripts must be sent directly to the main campus in St. Louis and other documents pertaining to admission should be sent directly to the campus to which the student applied and/or currently attends.  

Provisional admission: This may be granted to students without a transcript on file, however an official copy of the degree conferred transcript must be received before any federal financial aid may be disbursed and before the student may register for classes for the second term of enrollment at Webster.   Upon receipt of the official transcript from the institution awarding the baccalaureate degree, the student will receive a full graduate admission decision with any conditions such as "conditional basis" acceptance noted, based on the final GPA.


*Acceptance by Conditional Basis: Students whose cumulative GPA is at least a 2.0 but below 2.5 will be admitted under a "conditional basis" category (see advancement to candidacy restrictions). Specialized graduate programs have other admission requirements determined by individual Schools and Colleges of Webster University.

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Application by U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents (Resident Alien Card Holders)

Students should apply online at http://www.webster.edu/apply. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required. Students who have been previously enrolled at any Webster University campus location are exempt from paying the application fee.

Students who are Permanent Residents of the United States and hold a Resident Alien Card must submit a copy of both sides of the card with their completed application. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official copies of test scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson.    

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Military Applicants

Members of the U.S. Army may apply for admission using the GOARMY.ED portal. Your application will then be directed to the Office of Admission for entry. Applicants interested in pursuing a sequential degree may not use the portal but may apply directly to Webster University using the following link:  http://webster.edu/apply.  All documents required for admission to the degree program will apply.

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Application for International Students

Webster University welcomes applications for admission from students from all countries.

Application Requirements

  • An International Application. Non-U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens applying from outside the U.S. and any student applying to a campus outside the United States should apply online at http://www.webster.edu/apply. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required. Students who have been previously enrolled at any Webster University campus location are exempt from paying the application fee. There is no application fee for the London or Thailand campuses.
  • Official transcripts from the educational institution from which the student earned their first bachelors-level degree. For U.S. institutions, this means accreditation from a regional accrediting body. Non-U.S. institutions must be recognized by the Ministry of Education as a university-level provider of higher education and accredited by any appropriate agencies within the home country and any countries in which it operates and/or issues degrees. This transcript must show the degree received and the date conferred. Applicants previously enrolled in graduate-level coursework must submit official transcripts of that work.

Note: Graduate applicants who apply and are provisionally accepted before completing their undergraduate degree must submit a final transcript indicating the degree received and the date conferred. This official transcript must be on file within eight weeks from the beginning of the student's starting term for full acceptance to the University.
To be considered official, transcripts must be received by Webster University directly from the issuing institution. If the student is to deliver transcripts, they must be in sealed, unopened envelopes and certified with the official seal of the issuing institution. All official transcripts and documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal and certified English translation.

  • Documentation of English Language Proficiency:  All applicants, regardless of program or enrollment location, whose primary language is not English must document their English language proficiency at the time of application. Applicants normally satisfy this requirement by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Academic IELTS, or Pearson scores.
  • A 300 to 400 word essay on a topic of your choice. You may describe a special interest, experience, or achievement or a curriculum vitae (résumé) that documents prior employment and experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers.
  • Additional official documentation may be required depending upon an applicant's program of interest or previous educational background.  See program page for details.
  • Applying for a visa: Students requiring a visa to study in the country in which their campus is located will be required to provide additional documentation for the visa process. Visa documentation requirements can vary at international campus locations depending upon the applicant's citizenship status and/or country of origin at the time of acceptance to the University. Applicants should check with the campus they plan to attend for specifics. The University will notify applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the application file. For current information, please contact the campus at which you plan to enroll.

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English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must document their English language proficiency at the time of application. Applicants normally satisfy this requirement by submitting official scores within the past two years of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Academic IELTS scores. The scores required for admission are as follows:

      • TOEFL:  iBT- 89
      • IELTS:  Academic: 6.5
      • Pearson: 53

Equivalent Cambridge, Oxford, NEAB, TEEP, Academic IELTS, and London Certificate test results that are current can be considered in lieu of the TOEFL. Students who cannot document current evidence of English proficiency should contact the campus to which they are applying for on-site testing. In such cases, testing must be completed before the admission decision will be made. Webster University will refer for testing any applicant for admission about whose English language proficiency an admissions officer has concerns. All English as a Second Language (ESL) recommendations and requirements are a condition of the applicant's admission, enrollment, and/or continued enrollment at the University.

Use these institutional codes for Webster University when requesting an official TOEFL score report:

St. Louis campus:                  6933
Geneva campus:                    0546
Hua Hin/Cha-am campus       7954
Leiden campus:                     0548
London campus:                    0549
Vienna campus:                     0547
                     

In lieu of submitting one of the English proficiency examinations above, students can demonstrate English proficiency (and be exempt from the test requirement) in any of the following ways:

      • Documentation of successful completion of the ELS Language Center's English for Academic Purposes - or ELS Language Center Level 112 
      • Documentation of successful completion of the University of Central Florida's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies (CMMS) Intensive English Program 

Conditional Admission — Some students are academically acceptable to the University but have additional English language proficiency needs that the University believes can be met by taking English as a Second Language (ESL) courses through Webster University or another educational institution with whom the University has an articulation agreement. These students will be accepted on a conditional basis that acknowledges their need to document further work in English. Students admitted on a conditional basis must meet the University's English language proficiency requirements listed above before they can be advanced to candidacy in the graduate program.

On-Campus Testing for English — Students admitted on conditional admission must sit for the University's on-campus English language testing prior to registration. The results of this evaluation will enable the academic advisor to place the student in appropriate coursework. Options include intermediate and/or advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) courses only; ESL courses in combination with academic courses; or academic courses only. Webster University will refer for testing any student about whose English language proficiency an academic department, an individual faculty member, or an academic adviser has concerns.

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Application by Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who do not plan to complete a degree or program from Webster University may request approval to take graduate courses at the University as a non-degree student. Non-degree candidates seeking access to graduate-level coursework must satisfy the minimum criteria for graduate study (a completed baccalaureate degree) as well as satisfy all course or program prerequisites.

A student who wants to register for a course as a non-degree student must complete a non-degree application. A non-refundable, graduate application fee of $50 is required. Students who have been previously enrolled at any Webster University campus location are exempt from the application fee. Not all programs offer non-degree status. Non-degree seeking students are prohibited by federal regulations from receiving federal financial aid.  Tuition for non-degree courses must be paid at the time of registration. Approved non-degree seeking applicants can register for classes 30 days before the start of the requested term.
A student may enroll as a non-degree student for up to 6 credit hours. To continue as a non-degree student after the initial 6 credit hours, the student must submit an official undergraduate transcript showing baccalaureate degree conferral to the Office of Admission.  Non-degree students should meet with an academic advisor before registering for courses since they are subject to the same prerequisite course requirements that apply to degree-seeking students. Non-degree students interested in pursuing MA in Counseling coursework should consult with the individual admission requirements that can be found in this catalog under the Counseling program.

Admission Appeal Process

Students who have been denied admission to the University may appeal their decision through the Webster University Admissions Appeal Committee, which is comprised of University staff and faculty. Students seeking a successful appeal must submit the following information to be considered:

  • A statement (no longer than 2 pages, double-spaced) detailing the reasons why the Appeal Committee should consider altering the initial admission decision. Students should discuss why they believe they will succeed at Webster and should convey any important information related to academic potential not indicated on the transcript(s) submitted for admission.
  • Updated transcript(s) detailing any college-level coursework completed since the initial admission decision was rendered, if available. Students likely to be granted an appeal will be able to document a measurable change in academic preparedness since the original denial.

Admissions appeals should be sent electronically to the Office of Admission at admit@webster.edu and addressed to the attention of the chair of the Admissions Appeal Committee.

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