New Programs and Certificates Introduced for Summer 2017

Jul. 7, 2017

New Programs and Certificates Introduced for Summer 2017

ST. LOUIS – With Browning Hall, Interdisciplinary Science Building, only weeks away from being completed, Webster University is augmenting its STEM-related courses by introducing a new undergraduate major that will be able to take advantage of the new lab space – Chemistry.

The new program is one of many diverse new programs being offered beginning in the Summer 2017 term. Additionally, a new Master of Science degree is being offered in Criminal Justice along with a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate certificates. These programs are being introduced as market-responsive answers to student needs.

New in the College of Arts & Sciences:

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: This degree is designed to offer students instruction in the theories and applications of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. The program includes significant laboratory work, allowing students to become proficient in the skills necessary to succeed in a chemical career.

LGBTQ studies minor: The LGBTQ studies minor is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program that will give students a strong foundation for knowledge in lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer history and culture.

Educational Psychology minor: The educational psychology minor is appropriate for students who are considering pursuing a career in education and wish to deepen their understanding of human behavior by exploring relevant psychological theories and concepts.

Health Psychology minor: The health psychology minor is appropriate for students who wish to explore the application of psychology to the field of health.

Undergraduate certificate in General Psychology: This certificate is designed for students with a strong interest in psychology but who are majoring in another subject. As a stand-alone certificate, it is also appropriate for those students with a strong interest in psychology who have completed a BA or BS at another institution.

Graduate certificate in Spanish Translation: This certificate introduces students to the basic tools, methods, resources, and understanding they will need to begin professional work translating Spanish texts into English.


Graduate certificate in French Translation: This certificate introduces students to the basic tools, methods, resources, and understanding they will need to begin professional work translating French texts into English.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice: This degree provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the wider criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on enhancing technical skills, critical thinking skills, decision-making processes, and increasing analytic capabilities to provide students with the ability to explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization.

Master of Arts in Counseling with a School Counseling Emphasis: This specialization for the counseling MA provides specialized training for individuals wishing to work as mental health professionals in the school system. Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for school counselor certification at both the K-8 level and the 7-12 level based on the level at which they complete their field experience.

New in the Walker School of Business & Technology:

Combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Cybersecurity: The MS in cybersecurity program builds on the strong technical foundation in the BS in computer science with emphasis in cybersecurity program. The combined program allows students to enhance and further develop their technical skills in the profession.


Dual Degree, MBA and MS in Finance: The MBA/MS finance dual degree option requires the completion of 48 credit hours and upon completion, two separate diplomas are issued at the same time.

Rebranding of Change Leadership Master of Arts to Organizational Development Master of Arts. This program was revised to meet the demands of students in this area of study. The degree is designed for managers and other professionals who want to enhance their professional skills and marketability or enter the profession of organizational development as either an external or internal consultant.

Additionally, the program now offers a graduate certificate in Organizational Development: Organizational development is a new field for managers and middle managers designed to provide the theory, skills, and professional frameworks that will allow them assess the complexity in their own organizations and work collaboratively with other stakeholders to design, facilitate, and evaluate change interventions designed to improve organizational effectiveness.

Graduate certificate in Advanced Research: The certificate in advanced research is a 12-credit hour program of study designed for those who hold leadership positions in healthcare; who have completed a master's degree, or who are completing a master degree in health care management; and who are interested in developing skills in advanced research.

The Master of Arts in Management and Leadership now offers a number of emphasis options including Cybersecurity, Health Administration, Organizational Development and Project Management. While the MA offers a graduate degree with a broad general management and leadership perspective, the emphasis options allow students to meet specific needs that they may have within their career path.

New in the School of Education:

Graduate certificate in Fostering Resilience in “At Risk” Children and Youth:  In this 12-hour graduate certificate students gain valuable knowledge and skills for their professional work. Promoting resilience in children and youth can lead to positive adaptation and outcomes for those young people whose lives are threatened by adversity.


Combined Bachelor of Arts in World Languages Education and Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language: This program leads to teacher certification in K-12 world languages at the end of the BA program. In this combined degrees program, 6 hours of the master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language are completed during the BA and the remaining 27 hours are completed during the MA program. Upon completion of the masters degree the teacher candidate is eligible for certification in ESOL.

Combined Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second LanguageThis program leads to teacher certification in secondary English education at the end of the BA program. In this combined degrees program, 6 hours of the master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language are completed during the BA and the remaining 27 hours are completed during the MA program. Upon completion of the master’s degree, the teacher candidate is eligible for certification in ESOL.

New in the School of Communications:

Sports Communications minor: The sports communication minor explores the various aspects of the sports industry, focusing on communication strategies and media. The program provides a unique balance of theory and practice that spans the breadth of sports cultures.

New for Leigh Gerdine College of Arts & Sciences & School of Communications:

Undergraduate certificate in Motion Graphic Design: Students in this certificate program will learn the theoretical and conceptual foundations of motion media design and then apply them to projects destined for television, film, interactive and other real-world environments.

For more information on any of these degree programs or certificates, contact the admissions department at admit@webster.edu or 1-800-753-6765.


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