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2016-2017 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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


Connections/Email Accounts

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

  • Activate their Connections account after receiving their username and password. Students receive a link to set up their Connections account after registering for classes. 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.edu. If 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 (314-246-5995 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.


Registration

  • Students are required to meet with an academic advisor and complete a degree plan prior to entering a program at Webster. After this initial advising appointment, students may continue to register for subsequent terms with their advisor or through their online Connections account. 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. All first-time students must register with an advisor.
  • Students registering for graduate courses should 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. 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 should be completed prior to the first day of login. Late registrations are allowed during the first week of the term for some courses.  Students should contact the Online Learning Center with questions.
  • Registrations will not be accepted in class.
  • Published course schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
  • International students who have been conditionally accepted will need to contact the ESL coordinator to arrange for testing before registration.

Course Load Guidelines

MA, MBA, MFA, MHA, MM, MPA, MS, MSN (excluding School of Education)

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 12 credit hours per semester. Authorization is waived if the following courses are taken with two 3-credit-hour courses in one term:

  • WSBT 5000, Career Success for the 21st Century (1 hours)
  • COUN 6100/6200 Counseling Learning Practicum (1.5 hours)
  • Any 5500 course offered as a 1-credit course

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.


Course Load Guidelines

School of Education (EdD, EdS, MAT, MA, and MET)

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. 


Requisite Course

MA, MHA, MPA, MS

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.  

NOTE:  The one-credit WSBT 5000 course, if taken as an elective, does not count toward the three requisite 5000 course limit.

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.


Professional Seminars

Professional seminars are 1-credit-hour courses denoted as 5500 courses that examine contemporary issues. Courses may be repeated for credit if content differs. Students are limited to a total of three credit hours of professional seminars.


Integrated Studies Course

MA, MBA, MHA, MPA, MS

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.


Dissertation

EdD

Each doctoral candidate is required to complete and defend a dissertation. All core courses in the major must be completed, comprehensive exams must be passed, and a prospectus presented prior to the candidate's enrollment in the dissertation course. A candidate must take a minimum of 10 credit hours of dissertation toward the Doctor of Education degree.


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 appropriate school/college dean.. 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.


Add/Drop/Withdraw Procedures

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. Informing the course instructor is not sufficient notice for adding or dropping a course.

The drop or add procedures must be followed when a student changes from one section of a course to another section. 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 and potential probation or dismissal.

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. Informing the course instructor is not sufficient notice for withdrawing from a course. 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. 


Term and Class Schedule

The graduate academic calendar consists of five eight-week or nine-week terms per year: Summer, Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2, depending on program. Programs in the Walker School of Business & Technology, the School of Communications, and the College of Arts & Sciences (with the exception of the MSN), follow the nine-week per term calendar. Terms are eight weeks in duration for the School of Education, the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, and the MSN. Terms at international campuses vary. Consult the online academic calendar for details.

Classes in the 8-week or 9-week format meet for four hours one night a week. Students are expected to attend all classes for the full scheduled time.

Course schedules listing the terms and courses offered can be found at each campus location and online (www.webster.edu/academics/course-schedules.html).


Course Attendance

The University reserves the right to drop students who do not attend class the first week of the term/semester. However, students are responsible for the accuracy of their schedule and should not rely on this potential action. Students should verify their schedule by logging in to their Connections account.

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.


Advancement to Candidacy

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

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 but may apply for readmission after one calendar year from the date of dismissal. 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.