hlcWebster University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) continuously since 1925, and this accreditation applies to every Webster campus and location accross the United States, internationally and online.

Webster University is on the Open Pathway 10-Year Cycle for HLC accreditation. Our last comprehensive evaluation took place in March 2018. Based on this process, HLC's Institutional Actions Council reaffirmed Webster University's accreditation for the next ten years on July 30, 2018. The next Reaffirmation of Accreditation will take place in 2027-28. Please click here for detailed information about our HLC accreditation.

Specialized Accreditations

Business and Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

MA in Reading received recognition from the International Reading Association (IRA).

Music programs and degrees are fully accredited and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

MA in Teaching English as a Second Language received recognition from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Nursing programs and degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

EdS in Educational Leadership, online, and face-to-face programs, received recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA).

The Nursing Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation (COA) of nurse anesthesia educational programs.

EdS in School Systems, Superintendency, and Leadership received recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) of the National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA).

Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Legal Studies: The BA, MA and paralegal certificates at the St. Louis campus only are approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Webster University is registered for state teachers' certificates by the Department of Education of the State of Missouri.

Counseling: The MA, Clinical Mental Health emphasis, at the St. Louis, South Carolina campuses only and the online (hybrid) program are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

MA in Early Childhood Education and MAT in Early Childhood Education programs received recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Webster University is registered as an Approved Continuing Education Partner (ACEP) with the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc (NBCC).

 

International Accreditation & Recognitions

Austria

Campus location: Vienna

Since 2001, Webster Vienna Private University has been accredited by The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) as an Austrian Private University.

China

Campus location: Chengdu, Shanghai

The Webster University MBA program, offered in partnership with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), is officially recognized by the Ministry of Education in China.

Ghana

Campus location: Accra

Webster University Ghana is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana.

Greece

Campus location: Athens

Webster University, through its Athens Campus, Webster Athens, has been accredited/licensed by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of the Hellenic Republic to operate in Hellas [Greece] under permit 127051/K1/01.08.2016 [Government Gazette 2585/B/22.08.2016].

Kazakhstan

Campus location: Nur-Sultan

The Webster University Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language is offered in partnership with Astana International University.  The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan recognizes this program offering in its Register of Educational Programs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Netherlands

Campus location: Leiden

Webster Leiden is recognized as an institute of higher education in the Netherlands.

Switzerland

Campus location: Geneva

Webster University Geneva is a non-profit university established and recognized in Geneva since 1979 as a Swiss Foundation (Fondation Webster). 

Thailand

Campus location: Cha-am, Bangkok

Webster University Thailand is accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), Ministry of Education, Thailand.

Uzbekistan

Campus location: Tashkent, Samarkand

By resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and through the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, Webster University is registered to operate, and its diplomas, transcripts and other academic awards are recognized as documents of higher education in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

 

 

Memberships

American Association for Paralegal Education

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)

Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

American Council on Education

Council on International Educational Exchange

ASIS International

Educational Theatre Association

ASIS International

Higher Education Council of Metropolitan St. Louis

Association of American College and University Programs in Switzerland

Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Institute of International Education

Association of Theatre in Higher Education

International Council of Fine Arts Deans

College Art Consortium

Missouri Music Educators Association

College Board

National Education Association

College Consortium for International Studies

Society for Human Resource Management

Webster University has a signed Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Partnership Education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), showing the commitment and value that Webster University places on the school's relationship with the military and providing military members with high quality educational services. Webster University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. 

Graduates of Webster University are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women and the American College of Healthcare Executives (HCHE).

The University also holds appropriate licensure, accreditations, or approvals within the recognized state approval agencies for all locations where Webster University offers programs.

 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

Webster University takes seriously the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that will affect our students and employees who are EU residents and/or citizens. Please be aware that all personal data you provide is subject to our privacy policy which can be found at here.

State Licensures

The campus at Luke Air Force Base is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Students attending on-campus classes in Arizona will receive a refund on tuition as dictated by the following State requirements:

Arizona Refund Schedule (for 8-week and 9-week classes)
Week 1 (Drop) 100%
Week 2 (Withdrawal) 75%
Week 3 (Withdrawal) 50%
Week 4 (Withdrawal) 50%
Week 5 or later (Withdrawal) 0%

If a complaint or grievance cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, located in the Student Handbook, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details:

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 West Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5715

Campuses at Little Rock, Little Rock Air Force Base, and Northwest Arkansas are certified by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301. The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution. 

Webster University is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, with campuses at Irvine and Los Angeles Air Force Base. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. All programs offered at these campuses are instructed in English.

"Notice of Student Rights" in California—You have the right to cancel your agreement for a program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later, as described in the Notice of Cancellation form that will be given to you. After the end of the cancelation period, you also have the right to receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current program period in your program through the last day of attendance. Read the Notice of Cancellation form for any explanation of your cancellation rights and responsibilities. If you have lost your Notice of Cancellation form, ask the school for a sample copy. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time, and you have the right to receive a refund for the part of the course not taken. Your refund rights are described in the contract. If you have lost your contract, ask the school for a description of the refund policy. If the school closes before you graduate, you may be entitled to a refund.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, by telephone at 888-370-7589 or by fax at 916-263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau's internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov. While students are encouraged to use Webster University internal complaint processes first for grievances, it is not required and students may contact the Bureau at any time.

California students have the right to cancel their agreement for a program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first-class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later. After the end of the cancelation period, California students also have the right to receive a pro rata refund if they have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current program period in their program through the last day of attendance.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Students attending on-campus classes in California will receive a refund on tuition as dictated by the following State requirements:

California Refund Schedule (for 8-week and 9-week classes)
Week 1 (Drop) 100%
Week 2 (Withdrawal) 89%
Week 3 (Withdrawal) 78%
Week 4 (Withdrawal) 67%
Week 5 (Withdrawal) 56%
Week 6 (Withdrawal) 44%
Week 7 or later (Withdrawal) 0%

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition. 

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that document the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, 916-431-6959 or 888-370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF. 

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of non-collection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or taxpayer identification number.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Webster University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some of all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Webster University to determine if your credits, degree or certificate will transfer. 

Campuses at Colorado Springs and at Peterson Air Force Base are authorized to offer master's degrees by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. 

The campus at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., is licensed by the District of Columbia Educational Institution Licensure Commission.

The corporate name for Webster University in Florida is Webster University Incorporated. Campuses at Jacksonville Metropolitan, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Lakeland Metropolitan, Melbourne Metropolitan, Ocala Metropolitan, Orlando Metropolitan and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Metropolitan are licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. 

Credits and degrees earned from colleges licensed by this board do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations in the State of Florida. Any person interested in practicing a regulated profession in Florida should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency.

For further information about the status of Webster University's programs in Florida, contact:

Florida Department of Education
Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Phone: (850) 245-3200
Fax: (850) 245-3233

Campuses at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, and Hunter Air Force Base are authorized by Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Students attending on-campus classes in Georgia will receive a refund on tuition as dictated by the following State requirements:

Georgia Refund Schedule (for 8-week and 9-week classes)
Week 1 (Drop) 100%
Week 2 (Withdrawal) 100%
Week 3 (Withdrawal) 50%
Week 4 (Withdrawal) 50%
Week 5 (Withdrawal) 50%
Week 6 or later (Withdrawal) 0%

In accordance with the requirements set forth by Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), any monies paid by a Georgia resident to a Webster University representative will be refunded to the student if he/she requests the same within three (3) business days of signing an enrollment contract with the university. If no enrollment contract is signed, and if requested by the student, any monies paid will be refunded to the student if he/she requests the same within three (3) business days after making a payment. Students have the right of appeal of the final institutional decision to Georgia's Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission at:

Non-Public Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305
Phone: (770) 414-3300
Fax: (770) 414-3309

Campuses at Great Lakes Naval Base and Scott Air Force Base are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The campus at Kansas City, MO is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kansas Board of Regents
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
Phone: (785) 430-4240

It is the mutual goal of the Kansas Board of Regents and the certified institutions to provide quality educational training and programs. When problems arise, students should make every attempt to find a fair and reasonable solution by taking the steps outlined in the complaint process.

Institutions exclusively delivering programs on property that is not jurisdictionally within or regulated by the state such as schools located on federal military bases, are not covered by Kansas statutes and regulations. Campuses at Fort Leavenworth and at McConnell Air Force Base operate under the regulations set forth in their respective Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the base authorities.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Students attending on-campus classes in Kansas will receive a refund on tuition as dictated by the following State requirements:

Kansas Refund Schedule (for 8-week and 9-week classes)
Week 1 (Drop) 100%
Week 2 (Withdrawal) 100%
Week 3 (Withdrawal) 100%
Week 4 (Withdrawal) 25%
Week 5 or later (Withdrawal) 50%

 

The campus at Louisville is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.

Campuses at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and at Andrews Air Force Base are authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Campuses at Webster Groves, Gateway (Downtown St. Louis), Westport, WingHaven, Fort Leonard Wood, Kansas City, and Rolla are authorized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education serves as a clearinghouse for postsecondary student complaints. The MDHE complaint policy contains information about the complaint process and includes instructions for how to file a formal complaint. The policy provides that a student who wishes to file a complaint with the department must first exhaust all formal and informal avenues provided by the institution to resolve disputes.

Campuses at Fort Bragg and at Camp Lejeune are approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. 

Webster is required to complete an annual report and is subject to annual reviews.

University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road
P.O. Box 2688
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Phone: (919) 962-1000

Campuses at Fort Sill and Tinker Air Force Base are approved to operate educational programs beyond secondary education by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Campuses at Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach are licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

SC Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-2260

Licensure is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. If students at the Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campuses have complaints about a classroom situation, they should first attempt to resolve the situation with the instructor. If resolution cannot be made with the instructor, or if the complaint is about a general school policy over which the instructor has no jurisdiction, then they may contact the school director for mediation. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the school level through its complaint procedure, students may file a complaint with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Institutions that offer programs and courses on federal military installations are exempt from CHE approval; the campuses at Joint Base Charleston, Beaufort Naval Hospital, Fort Jackson, and Shaw Air Force Base operate through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with their respective base authorities.

The campus at Memphis Naval Support Activity is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

If a complaint or grievance cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

Tennessee Higher Education Commission
312 Rosa Parks Ave, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-3605

The metropolitan campus at San Antonio is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board. Military campuses at Fort Bliss, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base are on federal property and operate through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with their respective base authorities.

The student tuition refund rates apply when a student drops or withdraws from a course in accordance with University enrollment policies and the refund has been approved. Students attending on-campus classes in Texas will receive a refund on tuition as dictated by the following State requirements:

Texas Refund Schedule (for 8-week and 9-week classes)
Week 1 (Drop) 100%
Week 2 (Withdrawal) 80%
Week 3 (Withdrawal) 80%
Week 4 (Withdrawal) 25%
Week 5 or later (Withdrawal) 0%

The campus at Hill Air Force Base is located on federal property and operates through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the base authorities. 

Campuses at Fort Belvoir and at Joint Base Myer/Henderson Hall are approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

If a student has any complaints, questions or problems which were not resolved by the school to your satisfaction, you may contact:

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2600