Catalogue: Adult Program Information
Graduate Admission Requirements and Procedures

All communications regarding entrance to the graduate program at Belhaven University should be addressed to the Admission Office of Adult and Graduate Studies at the appropriate campus. Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, fees, transcripts, and applicable test scores have been received by the University.

Master of Business Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • A bachelor's degree in Business from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any.
  • A professional resume which demonstrates a minimum of two years of significant full-time work experience. Full-time military service will be considered in lieu of other work experience.
  • Successful completion (with a grade of C or better) of college algebra or a higher mathematics course.
  • Proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States or by a minimum score of 550 paper-based, or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • A 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
    • Those with 9 credit hours of master level courses in a comparable discipline, a 3.0 GPA or higher in each course, from a regionally accredited institution can be considered in lieu of undergraduate GPA.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.B.A. program, may be admitted. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester to determine a student’s academic standing: warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

Preliminary Admission

Students who provide unofficial documentation (such as transcripts) but are missing official documentation may be admitted preliminarily. These students will be given thirty days from the beginning date of the first course to provide official documentation to Adult Studies or risk being removed from class. A student cannot be certified for financial aid until he/she is officially admitted to the University. It is understood by all parties that, if for some reason a student is denied admission as a result of not having all documentation at the appropriate offices by the deadline stated, Belhaven University is not liable for any losses incurred to the student.

Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • A bachelor-s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any.
  • Proficiency in the English language, as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States or by a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by ETS.
  • A professional resume which demonstrates significant work experience. Full-time military service will be considered in lieu of other work experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one recommendation from a current or former employer.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate work or a cumulative on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
    Those with 9 credit hours of master level courses in a comparable discipline, a 3.0 GPA or higher in each course, from a regionally accredited institution can be considered in lieu of undergraduate GPA.
  • CSM or CPM certification is accepted in lieu of testing requirements above for regular admission.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.P.A. program, may be admitted using the following criteria:

  • Student has submitted all required documents for regular admission for the MPA program.
  • The student has submitted an entrance essay which demonstrates why the student will be successful in the program to the Office of Admission.
  • The application file has been reviewed and approved by the designated Admission Committee for Conditional Acceptance.

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester to determine a student’s academic standing: warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

Master of Science in Leadership/Master of Science in Leadership - Ministry Concentration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • A bachelor-s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any.
  • Proficiency in the English language, as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States or by a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a ForeignLanguage (TOEFL).
  • A professional resume which demonstrates a minimum of two years of significant full-time work experience. Full-time military service will be considered in lieu of other work experience.
  • Demonstration of ability to perform graduate level work as exhibited by one of the following:
    • At least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last sixty hours of undergraduate study.
    • Those with 9 credit hours of master level courses in a comparable discipline, a 3.0 GPA or higher in each course, from a regionally accredited institution can be considered in lieu of undergraduate GPA.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.S.L. program, may be admitted using the following criteria:

  • Students whose undergraduate grade point average is below 2.5.
  • The student may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester to determine a student’s academic standing: warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Regular Admission
The following are required at the time of application:

  1. Completed application for admission and $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from college or university attended (undergraduate degree in dance or related area with a min. 2.8 GPA overall and a min. 3.0 GPA in Dance studies).
  3. 300-500 word letter of intent to undertake graduate study.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one dance-related).
  5. A professional resume (a minimum of 2 years of field-related experience is preferred).
  6. A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) which demonstrates analytical and verbal ability, preferably related to the field of dance.
  7. A choreographic and/or performance sample from the last five years, 10-15 minutes, in DVD format.
  8. Personal interview with the chair of the dance department and the director of MFA in Dance program.
  9. Audition in person for the chair of the dance department and dance faculty for admission to the program.

Graduate School of Education Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Mississippi Alternate Route to Techer Certification – Offered at the Jackson and DeSoto, MS campuses only. (The first two courses may be taken online)

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • Applicants must have an earned degree Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited College or University.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or a 2.75 GPA or higher on the last 60 credits earned toward a bachelor degree.
  • If an applicant has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in 6 or more graduate credit hours from courses taken in an accredited and approved graduate program then the graduate course GPA will supersede the applicant’s undergraduate GPA.
  • Submit Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE) scores (scores on all subtests must meet Mississippi licensure requirements).
  • Submit Praxis II Specialty Area Test score (score in content area must meet Mississippi licensure requirements).
  • Submit two recommendation forms, if requested.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed.RL)

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • Individuals are eligible to submit application for acceptance into the Belhaven Graduate School of Education Masters of Education Degree Program (M.Ed. or M.Ed. /RL) if they meet one of the following requirements:
    • Have a teaching degree and certification from an accredited teacher preparation program (i.e. followed the traditional teacher education route to certification)
      OR
    • Hold alternate route standard teacher certification
      AND
    • Have a minimum of one (1) full academic year of teaching experience in a public or private school.

IN ADDITION:  All M.Ed. and M.Ed. /RL applicants meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or a 2.75 GPA or higher on the last 60 credits earned toward a bachelor degree.
  • If an applicant has 6 or more graduate credit hours from courses taken in a regionally accredited graduate program then the graduate cumulative GPA will supersede the applicant’s undergraduate GPA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 6 or more graduate credit hours of coursework previously attended.
  • Provide evidence of holding a valid standard teaching license.

IN ADDITION:  Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed. /RL) applicants must be teaching in a public or private school
AND

Provide a Letter of Confirmation from a supervising administrator of the individual’s current school of employment indicating years of experience and potential as a Reading Literacy specialist.

  • Pass the Mississippi Foundations of Reading Test prior to completing the first 12 hours of the M.Ed. /RL program.  Candidates will not be allowed to register for any courses beyond the initial four (4) courses until proficiency on the Reading test is demonstrated.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States or by a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  (A REQUIREMENT FOR ADMITTANCE TO ANY GRADUATE PROGRAMS)

Non-degree seeking, Special Student Application Process

  • Submit a completed application for admission with fee of $25.
  • Non-degree seeking students must submit an official transcript from their undergraduate/graduate degree-granting colleges/universities.
  • Non-degree seeking students, after attempting six semester hours, must either apply for admission as a degree-seeking student or make a request to be continued as a non-degree seeking student (maximum of 12 hours).

NOTE: Only 12 hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree.

A student whose study at Belhaven University has been interrupted for three or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. The requirements for degrees in effect at the time of readmission must be completed. Any student suspended for academic reasons may be readmitted only upon the recommendation of the Graduate Teacher Education Council.