Professional Associations Webster University | Career Planning & Development Center

Professional associations are organizations that serve as a gathering point and information source for individuals involved in a particular profession or industry. Professional associations, which may have national, local, or university-based student chapters, offer benefits such as conferences, networking events, professional development training, certifications, journals/publications, web-based knowledge centers, industry-specific job boards, and more.

This resource provides examples of professional associations related to Webster's academic departments, but it is not a comprehensive list. To identify additional professional associations in your field(s) of interest, request suggestions from industry contacts working in the field or faculty members who teach in that area.

College of Arts & Sciences

Biological Sciences

  • American Academy of Microbiology
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals


  • American Literature Association
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors

Global Languages, Cultures, & Societies

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Translators Association
  • National Association of African American Studies

History, Politics, International Relations, & Religious Studies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
  • Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
  • National Association of Human Rights Workers

Law, Crime, & Social Justice

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Criminology
  • National Paralegal Association
  • National Women's Studies Association

Nurse Anesthesia

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists


  • American Nurses Association
  • National Student Nurses' Association


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Professional Counseling

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • American Counseling Association


  • American Psychological Association
  • Gerontological Society of America

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

Art, Design, and Art History

  • AIGA
  • Association of Art Historians
  • National Association of Independent Artists


  • Dance Critics Association
  • Dance Educators of America
  • Dance/USA


  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Music Library Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Society of Composers and Lyricists

Conservatory of Theatre Arts

  • The Association for Performing Arts & Entertainment Professionals
  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals
  • International Association of Lighting Designers
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
  • Stage Managers' Association

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology


  • American Economic Association
  • Association for Financial Professionals
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


  • American Management Association
  • American Marketing Association
  • Entertainment Management Association
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Math & Computer Science

  • American Mathematical Society
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • American Statistical Association
  • CompTIA
  • Digital Analytics Association
  • Information Systems Security Association
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

School of Communications

Audio Aesthetics & Technology

  • Audio Engineering Society
  • Society of Professional Audio Recording Services
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors

Communications & Journalism

  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Marketing Association
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • Society of Professional Journalists

Electronic & Photographic Media

  • Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association
  • International Animated Film Association
  • International Digital and Media Arts Association
  • International Game Developers Association

School of Education

  • American Association of Teachers of French
  • American Association of Teachers of German
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Association for Middle Level Education
  • Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Science Teaching Association
  • TESOL International Association

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