Graduate Studies Catalog | Webster University

2020-2021 Graduate Studies Catalog

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

Please see the Temporary Adjustments to Policy on Grading for Graduate Courses for Spring 2020

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


For general information or application materials:

U.S. Citizens to the St. Louis Campus

Phone: 314-968-7800
Fax: 314-968-7116

U.S. Citizens to Extended U.S. Campuses

Phone or fax the campus of your choice. (For phone and fax information, see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog.)

International Students to U.S. Campuses

Phone: international access code +314-968-7433
Fax: international access code +314-968-7119

U.S. Residents to International Campuses

Phone: 314-968-6988 • 1-800-984-6857
Fax: 314-968-7119

Non-U.S. Residents to International Campuses

Phone or fax the campus of your choice. (For phone and fax information, see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog.)

Webster University is a private, non-profit, independent, multi-campus, international institution offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Founded in 1915, Webster University's home campus is in Webster Groves, Missouri, USA, a major suburban center of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Webster University offers programs at extended campus locations throughout the United States, including military education installations and metropolitan centers, international programs in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and online distance learning programs in a large number of academic disciplines.

Webster University is academically organized into five schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
  • Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education

The policies and courses listed in this catalog represent the curriculum for the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Global Master of Arts (GMA)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Educational Technology (MET)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Educational Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Management (DMgt)
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)
  • Dual Degree Programs
  • Sequential Degree Programs
  • Certificate Programs

Not all degrees and majors are offered at every Webster University location. A schedule of courses for the academic year is available at all Webster University locations that offer degree programs.

The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and Webster University. The provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated.

For students in the state of Florida, the catalog shall constitute a contractual obligation of the school to the student and shall be the official statement of the school's policies, programs, services, and charges and fees.

However, Webster University reserves the right to change any statement made in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation, without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. The student is responsible for knowing graduation requirements for his or her degree program.

Enrollment in Webster University or completion of a degree program does not guarantee employment. Career services are available to students at most U.S. campuses. Webster University makes no claim or guarantee that credit earned will transfer to another institution.

Webster University works with an independent certified public accountant to assure that there is sufficient funding through a tuition guaranty bond. A copy of the bond document can be requested by mail addressed to Webster University, Office of Academic Affairs, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119. Webster University does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, or has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

It is the policy of Webster University not to discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, creed, age, ethnic or national origin, or non-disqualifying handicap, as required by federal laws and regulations, including Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments.

Webster University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Public Law 93-380 as Amended.


Webster University accepts in principle that the governance of the University is a shared responsibility of administration, faculty, and students. Administrators provide executive continuity; faculty and students participate in governance mainly through the constituent assemblies and the work of committees. The latter provide for constructive interactions among administrators, faculty, and students.

Organizationally, the Board of Trustees oversees all activities of the University. Leadership is headed by the Chancellor, who is responsible for determining the overall strategic direction and priorities for the University. The President is Webster University's chief academic officer. A full description of the organizational structure of the University, including current administrators and a list of Board of Trustees members, can be found at

Robert (Rob) Reeg, Chair of the Board, Consultant, Former President, MasterCard
Patricia (Pat) D. Whitaker, Interim Vice Chair of the Board, Founder and Chairman, Arcturis
Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, Chancellor, Webster University
Julian Z. Schuster, President, Webster University
Richard (Rick) Meyer, Interim Treasurer, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Webster University
Jeanelle Wiley, Assistant Chancellor, Secretary of the University and Senior Privacy Director, Webster University
Edgar Aguilar, Executive Vice President, Information Technology and Human Resources, MasterCard
Marvin Anderson, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Private Bank
Susan (Gay) Burns, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Reinsurance Group of America
W. Thomas (Tom) Chulick, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Louis Regional Chamber
Mark C. Darrell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Spire, Inc.
Clark S. Davis, Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group
Bently Green, Sr., Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch Corporation
Laura Herring, Chair Emeritus and Founder, The Impact Group
Carmen Jacob, CEO, NextGen Information Services, Inc.
Kristin M. Johnson, Principal - Chief Human Resources Officer, Edward Jones
Atul Kamra, Managing Partner, SixThirty
Lisa Melandri, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Jane Robert, Honorary Board, American Friends of the Musée d'Orsay
John (JT) Tvrdik, Office Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Sumit Verma, Senior Vice President Commercial Manufacturing, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Lynn Wittels, President and CEO, St. Louis Jewish Community Center
Peter Wyse Jackson, President, Missouri Botanical Garden
Jeffery (Jeff) Yorg, Managing Director of Compliance & Risk and Associate General Counsel, BAM Advisor Services, LLC

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Webster University is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity regarding the treatment of students, faculty and staff. The University considers employment, admissions, financial aid, programs, and activity applications without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, creed, age, ethnic or national origin, or disability. Inquiries or complaints related to any of these areas should be addressed to the appropriate individuals identified below.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Matters concerning potential sex- or gender-based discrimination, harassment or other topics addressed by the Webster University Sexual Assault, Harassment or Other Sexual Offenses policy involving students, employees or applicants for employment:

Kimberley Pert
Interim Head, Title IX Office
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63119

Matters concerning athletics:

James (Scott) Kilgallon
Director of Athletics
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63119

Matters involving student grievances:

Colette Cummings
Associate Dean and Director of the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63119


Matters concerning academic issues:

M. Elizabeth (Beth) Russell
Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63119

Matters concerning employees and applicants for employment, unrelated to sex- or gender-based discrimination or other similar misconduct:

Cheryl Fritz
Chief Human Resources Officer
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119