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(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Adult Studies - Information for Prospective Students).

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration program is truly a blend of the sophisticated academic world, the practical and technologically dependent career world, and the eternal world of Christian faith. Its enabling thrust is to develop in its students that rare level of discernment that is so much in demand, both globally and locally, and to give leadership and direction to many in the secular world who lack an ethical foundation from which to operate.

Classes are offered one night per week. The format is a concentrated continuous approach. Students are required to participate in learning team activities which are designed to enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills. Learning teams must meet a minimum of four hours as assigned, and their activities are monitored by their professors.

Objectives of the Master of Business Administration Program

The Master of Business Administration program seeks to develop persons who can function successfully in upper middle management and top management positions. The emphasis is on strategic management concepts and principles. The M.B.A. program makes use of recent research findings, uses complex computer modes, stresses the importance of human relations skills, and integrates strategic management processes through a Christian worldview.

The following educational objectives are those of the M.B.A. program:

Graduation Requirements

M.B.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, 687 and MBA 688 or 690.

MBA Concentrations
Students have the option of adding a concentration (Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, or Sports Administration) within the MBA and may choose to do so at any point in the degree program prior to graduation. Each of the concentrations below, when added to the MBA, result in a total of 42 credit hours for the MBA with concentration. Concentration courses are offered only online as scheduled.

MBA with Health Administration concentration - 36 hours to include MBA608, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, 687 and 3 courses from MHA 608, 643, 646 or 668.

MBA with Human Resource concentration - 36 hours to include MBA608, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, 687, MSL 660, 661 and 662.

MBA with Leadership concentration - 36 hours to include MBA608, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, 687 and MSL630, 665 and 668

MBA with Sports Administration concentration -36 hours to include MBA608, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, 687 and 3 courses from MSA 608, 643, 646 or 668.

The Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of public administrators and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in government, education, the not for profit sector, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual's ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve holders of baccalaureate degrees in a variety of disciplines. Classes are offered one night per week for eighteen months. The format is an accelerated "lock-step" approach in which an entering class stays together throughout the program. Students are required to participate in project team activities which are designed to enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills.

Objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program

Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.

Graduation Requirements

M.P.A.: 36 hours to include MPA 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612A and 612B, 613

Master of Science in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership degree program is a 36 semester credit hour graduate program designed to enhance the professional skills of business managers and executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to develop and increase their management and leadership roles in business, education, church, and other areas of their professional lives.

Designed to develop the individual-s ability to comprehend internal and external social, legal, political, and economic forces as they affect the decision-making process within the organization, the program has been structured to serve both holders of baccalaureate degrees in business as well as other disciplines. Classes are offered one night per week. Students are required to participate in learning team activities which are designed to enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills.

Objectives of the Master of Science in Leadership Program

The following are Executive Development Learning Objectives of the M.S.L. program:

Graduation Requirements

M.S.L.: 36 hours to include MBA 624, 640, 646, MSL 601, 630, 643, 686, 658, 660, 665, 668 and 670

M.S.L. with Human Resources concentration (non-Jackson campuses): 36 hours to include MBA 624, 640, 646, MSL 601, 630, 643, 686, 658, 660, 665, 668 and 670

M.S.L. with Ministry concentration: 36 hours to include MSL 601, 640 (or MBA 640), 630, 658, 665, 660, 686, 668, 670, MIN610, 620, 630.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Associate Professor Newland, Chair
Associate Professor Morton
Assistant Professor Mitchell
Assistant Professor Tucker Wagnon
Assistant Professor Wright
Specialty Instructor Bower
Specialty Instructor Inman
Specialty Instructor Rockwell

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance is a 60 credit terminal degree program with an emphasis on performance and/or choreography within the context of pedagogical, theoretical, and artistic inquiry. The Master of Fine Arts in Dance is a 60 credit hour degree program with an emphasis on performance and/or choreography within the context of pedagogical, theoretical, and artistic inquiry. The MFA in Dance degree emphasizes the integration of Christian faith and learning with the advanced theoretical and artistic study of dance. Belhaven University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

The Master's degree in dance will give graduates the opportunity to participate in creative work, inquiry, and investigation through curricular offerings in technique, performance, choreography, research methodology, critical investigation and philosophy of dance, among others.

Belhaven's graduate dance program encourages students to develop career-related skills through the practical application of theoretical knowledge, innovative and compositional techniques, and the experiential methodologies of apprenticeships.

Graduate students will submit their work for peer and faculty review, as well as contribute to the field through attendance and participation in regional and national dance conferences. Graduate students will gain experience in teaching through pedagogy courses and the opportunity for teaching assistantships upon the completion of 18 hours of graduate study. The development, compilation and application or incorporation of creative work, inquiry, and investigation will culminate in the graduate thesis project.

Master of Fine Arts in Dance: meeting a minimum of 60 credit hours to include:

  1. DAN 502, 511, 560, 585.
  2. Minimum total of 12 credit hours in technique, with at least one course taken for credit or audit each academic year.
  3. Minimum total of 12 credit hours in choreography and performance courses with Graduate Choreography I, II, and III as required courses.
  4. Minimum total of 14 credit hours in academic courses, including DAN 501 Graduate Kinesiology, DAN 575 Graduate Dance Pedagogy, DAN 576 Graduate Dance Pedagogy Lab, DAN 662 Research and Writing for Dance, and DAN 680 Critical Issues in Dance.
  5. Minimum total of 7 credits in Graduate Thesis Project, not to exceed 9 credits total.
  6. 6 credit hours of electives in dance or related research area.

Elective Credits: Graduate students in dance should take six elective credits related to the focus area of study. These courses may come from any graduate courses in the university (500 level or higher) and must be taught by graduate faculty. Credit: one to three hours.

GRADUATE TEACHER EDUCATION

Professor Hand, Dean
Professor Wasson
Professor Nisbett
Assistant Professor Chiasson
Assistant Professor Wilkins, Director of Graduate Teacher Education

(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Adult Studies - Information for Prospective Students).

Graduate Teacher Education Mission Statement

Calls for reform in the American educational system ring out almost daily. Parents, teachers, policy-makers and communities recognize the critical need for renewal in our schools. All agree that our communities need professionals committed to transforming teaching and learning - professionals dedicated to creating positive learning environments wherein students learn the virtues and skills necessary to become responsible citizens.

Belhaven University embraces this vision. We believe that well-prepared teachers and adults newly committed to the teaching profession can help improve our schools. At Belhaven, we equip teachers to lead and to serve in the learning community.

Belhaven University has a long tradition of academic excellence in preparing teachers. Originally founded as a woman's college, Belhaven's first "professional degree" was in teacher education. Since that time, the University has produced thousands of teachers who have filled classrooms in Mississippi and many other states. Building on this tradition, Belhaven offers two non-traditional teacher graduate programs: the Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching. Each degree is designed for a different student and meets a different need. The Master of Education meets the needs of professional teachers who already are certified and desire a graduate specialty in elementary or secondary education. The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed exclusively for students who hold the bachelor's degree and wish to teach at either the elementary or secondary level but have not completed an undergraduate teacher education program.

While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. Both programs also foster inquiry into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching, transfer of theory to practice, self-directed learning and reflection, collegial interaction with peers, commitment to innovation and change, and the development of leadership skills and professional efficacy.

Belhaven offers a challenging educational experience for practicing and aspiring teachers who desire to enhance their knowledge and skills. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing professional educators who can provide distinctive Christian leadership and service in the classroom, the school, and the community.

Graduation Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching - MAT
Mississippi Alternate Route Teacher License

Objectives for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The goal of graduate education is to prepare competent educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities. The conceptual framework of the department reflects and supports the following objectives:

Master of Arts in Teaching - MAT
Includes 12 Credit Hours for Mississippi Alternate Teacher Licensure plus 21 credit Hours to complete the Degree for a Total MAT degree of 33 Credit Hours

Required Mississippi Alternate Route License Core (12 credit hours):
Course # Title Credit
EDU 501 Measurement and Evaluation Strategies 3
EDU 502 Dimensions of Learning I 3
EDU 503 Dimensions of Learning II 3
EDU 506 Classroom Management and Organization 3
Master of Arts in Teaching -MAT
Required to Complete the MAT Degree (21 credit hours):
EDU 602 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
EDU 610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU 612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
EDU 614 Instructional Strategies 3
EDU 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3
EDU 621 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDU 622 Teaching Reading and Math Skills 3
NOTE: Students seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching does not guarantee licensure.


Master of Education - MED

Objectives of the Master of Education Program
The goal of graduate teacher education is to prepare competent educational leaders who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities. The conceptual framework of the department reflects these goals and supports the following objectives:


Master of Education - MED
Includes 24 Core Credit Hours Plus 9 Credit Hours in an Area of Emphasis for a Total MED Degree of 33 Credit Hours.
Master of Education
Required Core (24 Credit Hours)
Course # Title Credit
EDU 610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU 612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
EDU 621 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDU 623 Technology in Education 3
EDU 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom 3
EDU 628 Advanced Instructional Strategies 3
EDU 630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Area 3
REA 617 Content Area Literacy 3

Master of Education
Areas of Emphasis (9 credit hours)
MED - Area of Emphasis: Teacher as Leader (Elementary or Secondary)
Course # Title Credit
EDU 624 Issues and Innovations in Elementary Schools 3
EDU 631 Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems 3
EDU 636 Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability 3

MED - Area of Emphasis: Preparation for National Board Teacher Certification
Course # Title Credit
EDU 651 Engaging Learning Communities 3
EDU 652 Self-Effectiveness Analysis 3
EDU 653 Reflection and Analysis 3


MED - Area of Emphasis: Educational Technology

Course # Title Credit
EDU 641 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum 3
EDU 642 Using Technology to Assess Learning and Manage Data 3
EDU 643 New and Emerging Technologies 3

NOTE: Students seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not guarantee licensure. See teacher education handbook for specific requirements for comprehensive exit process and licensure.


Master of Education in Reading Literacy - MED-R/L

Requirements for the MED-R/L Degree

Objectives of the Master of Education in Reading Literacy Program
The goal of graduate education is to prepare competent educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities. The conceptual framework of the department reflects these goals and supports the following objectives:

Master of Education in Reading Literacy
Required Courses (33 credit hours):
Course # Title Credit
EDU 610 Research Methods and Procedures 3
EDU 630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies in the Content Areas 3
EDU 612 Curriculum Planning and Organization 3
REA 608 Early Literacy Instruction 3
REA 611 Literature and Literacy 3
REA 617 Content Area Literacy 3
REA 622 Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension 3
REA 627 Middle Grade Literacy (4-8) 3
REA 629 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation 3
REA 632 Practicum in Reading 3
REA 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom

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NOTE: Students seeking teacher certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Reading does not guarantee licensure.