Graduate Students

Welcome to Webster University! Pursuing a graduate degree is an exciting time in your professional journey as you are clarifying your academic and career goals. Your academic advisor can be your academic partner during this time and serve as a resource and guide. 

 

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Degree Planning Sheets

Our Graduate Advising Team advises students in programs from the Walker School of Business and Technology, College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communications. Students in specialized programs such as Counseling, Nursing or Nurse Anesthesia, programs in the School of Education, programs in the College of Fine Arts, or doctoral programs, should contact their program directly.

Degree Planning Sheets

Graduate Academic Advising

Upon acceptance to most university graduate programs, students should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to discuss academic plans and to get registered. Students are encouraged to maintain consistent contact with their academic advisor throughout their academic career, though you maintain responsibility for keeping apprised of current graduation requirements for your chosen program.

Academic advisors meet with students in person or virtually. To schedule an appointment, call (314) 968-6972 or (800) 982-3847. Advisors are available Monday-Friday, typically between 8:30am-4:30pm. If because of a time difference, you need an early morning or evening appointment, let us know and we will try to accommodate your request.

Additional Academic Advising Resources

Registration usually opens in March for the Summer term, April for the Fall terms, and October for the Spring terms. Pending availability of the course, students can typically add a course until the first course meeting. Students can drop a course with 100% refund through the Friday of week 1. Weeks 2-6 are the withdrawal period. SStudents will receive a 75% refund is withdrawn by the Friday of week 2, 50% refund if withdrawn by the Friday of week 3, and a 25% refund if withdrawn by the Friday of week 4. There are no refunds awarded starting week 5 of the term. Withdraw requests must be processed by the Friday of week 6. *Some states may have a modified refund schedule for on-campus students.

 

  Date 16-Week Class 8 or 9-Week Class
Drop: Week 1 100% 100%
Withdrawal: Week 2 75% 75%
  Week 3 50% 50%
  Week 4 25% 25%

 

During your first advising appointment, your advisor will provide you with your Degree Plan. Please use this reference tool in conjunction with your Degree Audit in Connections to monitor your progress. Most graduate programs are 36+ credits. Depending on how many terms a student pursues per year will dictate time to graduation. Students are encouraged to consider their anticipated graduation date upon entry into their program. For example, a student in a 36+ hour program, going part-time, should plan on the program taking between 2.5 and 3 years. Proper course sequencing and meeting course prerequisites is an important factor in maintaining progression through the chosen program.

Please contact an academic advisor about what courses can count as an elective or course substitution, as available options may differ depending on the academic program. 

  • 3 credits per 8 or 9 week term is part-time.
  • 6 credits per 8 or 9 week term is full-time.

All students must complete a petition to graduate. Students enrolling in their final course should fill out the petition at the time of enrollment.

Prior to Filling out the Petition to Graduate

  1. Examine your academic record.
  2. Are all anticipated waivers and transfer credit accurately represented?
  3. Does your degree audit accurately reflect the degrees and/or certificates that you are pursuing?
  4. Have all incomplete or in progress grades on your academic record been resolved?
  5. Is your name and address correct in your biographical information?
  6. Have you resolved any holds on your account to assure final delivery of your transcript and diploma?

Graduate Petition to Graduate

Some programs require prerequisite courses to begin the academic program which may be called program prerequisites or admission requirements. All program prerequisite, admission requirement courses or course waiver requests should be completed upon the student’s initial enrollment with Webster, not to exceed the first term of attempted coursework (in situations in which the student will take the waiver exam or take program prerequisite courses). Requests should be submitted via a POR form by the academic advisor to advising@webster.edu with the appropriate documentation attached such as the undergraduate transcript (unofficial or official). Waiver exam results from BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5620 are received directly by the Advising Center via WorldClassRoom. Waiver exam results for BUSN 5000 must be emailed by the student to advising@webster.edu.

  • BUSN 5000 provides an overview of the common professional competencies expected of any successful business student. To be considered for a waiver, students must either have completed an undergraduate or graduate business degree from an ACBSP, AACSB, IACBE, EQUIS, or AMBA accredited business program, provide official transcripts documenting prior successful completion of the required professional competencies, or successfully pass the BUSN 5000 waiver exam. The prerequisite course may not count as an elective in the MBA, but may count as an elective toward other programs. The CPCs include successful completion of the following coursework:
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Business Law
    • Economics
    • Business Ethics
    • Global Business
    • Quantitative Analysis or Stats
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
  • BUSN 5600 is required for students who haven’t completed Financial Accounting within five years of entering the program and having earned a grade of B or better. If Financial Accounting wasn’t completed within the five years prior to entering the program, the department will allow the incoming student to demonstrate command of the content by successfully passing the Webster University waiver exam. The prerequisite course may not count as an elective in the MBA or MS Finance.
  • BUSN 5620 is required for students who haven’t completed Economics (Micro and Macro OR an Economics survey course) within five years of entering the program and having earned a grade of B or better. If Economics wasn’t completed within the five years prior to entering the program, the department will allow the incoming student to demonstrate command of the content by successfully passing the Webster University waiver exam. The prerequisite course may not count as an elective in the MBA or MS Finance.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to beginning the MBA or MS FINC program.

You may need to request transcripts from all schools previously attended so the advisor will be able to verify grades and completion dates of the relevant courses. It can be difficult to get official transcripts quickly, so for waivers only, unofficial copies may be emailed to advising@webster.edu or faxed to an advisor at your local campus or to 314-968-7166 if you are a St. Louis area student. (Processing transfer of credit requires an official transcript.)

For students near a Webster University location, proctored waiver exams are available for BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5620. Students in the St. Louis area should call the Academic Resource Center when they are ready to take the exam(s). The exams are multiple-choice and internet based. There is no charge for these exams. BUSN 5600 is a 100 questions multiple choice exam. BUSN 5620 is a 50 question multiple choice exam. Both tests have a time limit of 4 hours. Students may use basic calculators on the exams, but no scientific, graphing, or other models. A score of 70% is passing. However, if a student scores between 60%-69%, one additional attempt (retake) will be allowed, within 10 days of the initial exam. A Webster employee must request the retake for the student. 

Students may, instead, take the following CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or DANTES tests on their own, and have the scores sent to their local Webster campus. Students in the St. Louis area or online can send their scores to: Julie Altmann, Academic Advising Center, Webster University, 568 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119-3248.

  • CLEP Exam –Financial Accounting. A score of 50 waives BUSN 5600.
  • CLEP Exams--Principles of Macroeconomics & Principles of Microeconomics: Scores of 50 on both tests waive BUSN 5620.

As a graduate student, you can register online after you complete your first term at Webster. Fully admitted students in good academic standing may register for a maximum of two courses (6 credits) per 9-week term.

To register for classes:

  1. Use the degree plan provided in your initial academic advising session, or review your degree requirements in the Graduate Studies Catalog
  2. Use the online course schedule to view available courses.
  3. Ensure that you have no active holds on your student account.
  4. Register online via Connections.

If your acceptance letter indicates that you are accepted under special status, please remember that you are limited to one course per term until you complete the first four core courses in your program. If you need help registering, contact your primary campus (or the Academic Advising Center if you live in the St. Louis metro area).

Most graduate programs have a 5000-level introduction course (requisite course) that must be completed before students can enroll in other required courses in their degree program. If students have a significant undergraduate academic background in the same area as their graduate major, they may speak to an academic advisor about requesting a requisite course waiver. If the requisite course is waived, the student must take an elective course in its place. Requisite course waivers do not reduce the number of total credits hours required for the degree.

Students who are returning after a break in enrollment should set up an appointment to speak to their advisor. Students returning from a break in enrollment of more than 1 academic year will enroll under the current catalog requirements. If your program has changed since your previous enrollment, you can review current requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Students who are returning to Webster for a subsequent master’s degree, should set up an appointment to speak to their advisor.

We offer 5 terms per year, 8 or 9 weeks, depending on the course; Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer. Most courses meet 1 night per week for about 4 hours, and are 3 credit hours. Part-time students typically take 1 course per term or 3 credits. Full-time students typically take 2 courses per term, or 6 credits.

9 Week Term, At A Glance

Week 1: Start of term. Online classes open the Friday prior to the start of the term. Students can add a course through the first course meeting. Drop period and 100% refund period ends Friday of week 1.

Week 2: Withdraw period and 75% refund period ends Friday of week 2.

Week 3: Withdraw period. 50% refund ends Friday of week 3.

Week 4: Withdraw period. 25% refund ends Friday of week 4.

Week 5: Withdraw period. 0% refund.

Week 6: Withdraw period ends Friday of week 6. 0% refund.

Week 7: Late withdraw period. Work with academic advisor if extenuating circumstances. 0% refund.

Week 8: Late withdraw period. Work with academic advisor if extenuating circumstances. 0% refund. 

Week 9: End of term.

Coursework from other regionally accredited academic institutions, professional military education and/or corporate training classes may be eligible for transfer into your graduate degree program.

Graduate Transfer Credit
If you have completed graduate courses with grades of B- or better from other regionally accredited academic institutions, or have completed professional military education and/or corporate training classes, the course work may be eligible for transfer into your graduate degree program, up to a specified maximum, depending on your Webster program. The courses must be relevant to your graduate degree with Webster University and may not have applied as credit toward another degree. Up to nine (9) semester hours may be transferred to an MBA or MS program, and up to twelve (12) semester hours may be transferred to an MA program.

Military Transfer Credit
Approval of military and corporate credit is usually based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Webster also offers credit for many Government /Military Cooperative Degree Programs independent of the ACE recommendations. 

Request Transfer Credit
You must apply for admission or already be accepted to a graduate program in order for us to evaluate transcripts for transfer credit.

To find out if your transfer credits may apply to your Webster degree, contact an advisor at your local Webster campus. If you are not close to a Webster campus, contact the Academic Advising Center or the advisor who assisted you during your initial advising session. Please provide the course numbers, course titles, number of credits and where completed. If you are asking for transferred courses to be accepted in place of a course required for the degree, we will need the course description and syllabus for the course(s) in question. Unofficial transcripts sent as attachments to an appropriate advisor are useful when requesting a preliminary transfer credit evaluation.

All transfer credit evaluations are estimates until official transcripts are received to the appropriate campus. Students working with the home campus should have official transcripts for academic courses, or official documentation for military or corporate classes, sent to: Julie Altmann, Academic Advising Center, Webster University, 568 Garden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119-3248.

Finding the balance between graduate school, personal life, and professional life means setting priorities. To be successful in graduate school, it is recommended that a student dedicate at least 12-16 hours outside of class per week toward reading, projects, writing, and other course expectations. For students working full time while in graduate school, taking only one class per term is recommended. Setting yourself up with a strong support network while you are pursuing your graduate studies can be key toward your continued progress and ultimate degree attainment. Your academic advisor is one person in your support network who is available for guidance and assistance.