Student Characteristics | Webster University

Student Characteristics

The students at Webster University, as a group, are probably unlike any collegiate group you have been accustomed to either as an instructor or a graduate student yourself. Some significant differences are the fact that the average age is probably about 35 years and there has been a ten-year absence from the classroom. More than likely they are married, have families of one or two children, and work full-time. Their level of motivation is probably higher than younger graduate students since they are in the working world and have more of a sense of where their education should take them.

Students are admitted to our programs on the basis of satisfactory completion of their undergraduate degree. In a sense we have an "open admission" policy inasmuch as none of the traditional graduate level pre-admission exams are used (GRE, GMAT, etc.).

Fall 2009 Student Highlights

  • The average age for all graduate students is 35.3 and for all undergraduate students is 24.9.
  • Female graduate students = 9668, an increase of 5.2% over the previous five year average. Male graduate students = 6650, an increase of 1.1% over previous five year average. (National norm is still 57% female).
  • Worldwide, the total student population is very diverse, with African-American students = 6318, worldwide, representing 29.6% of worldwide total. Minority students (including Native American, African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic) comprise 54.7% of Webster's metropolitan and 51.4% of military campuses.
  • There were 7101 degrees awarded during the 2009-10 academic year:
George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology 5040
College of Arts and Sciences 1261
School of Education 359
School of Communications 339
Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts 102


MBA and MA Admissions Criteria

Full acceptance into the School of Business and Technology and the College of Arts & Sciences requires receipt of an official transcript from the baccalaureate granting institution with a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5. Students whose G.P.A. is above 2.0 but below 2.5 will be admitted under a "special status" category. Specialized graduate programs may have further admission requirements as outlined in their program description.

Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the M.B.A. 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 as "special status" into the School of Business and Technology 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.


MAT Admissions Criteria

A completed admission folder includes information on professional experience and the academic transcripts of the applicant's undergraduate degree work. This material is reviewed by the master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) admissions committee. The committee evaluates the academic record, essay, and letters of recommendation (if requested), and determines whether the student will be accepted. New applicants have one semester (16 weeks) to complete the acceptance process. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 is required for acceptance into an M.A.T. program.

Special consideration may be given to students with extraordinary professional accomplishments or to those whose grades show marked improvement in the later years of college or in graduate or professional studies since college. After completing 9 credit hours within an M.A.T. major, 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.)