Catalogue: Online Admission Requirements and Procedures

All communication regarding entrance to the University should be addressed to the office of admission. Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, any required fee, and transcripts have been received by the University.

Belhaven University seeks students who desire an excellent education combined with a meaningful student life experience and who will have a reasonable chance of academic success at Belhaven University. Applicants providing evidence of completion of an accredited academic high school curriculum, scholastic achievement, and sound moral character conducive to contributing to the total premium of the University are admitted.

Belhaven University does not discriminate in the administration of its education policies, application for admission, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and extracurricular programs. The rights, privileges, programs, and activities at Belhaven University are made available to all students who are enrolled regardless of sex, religion, color, national origin, handicap, or age.

APPLYING FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Degree-seeking, Freshman Application Process

  • Completed admission application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • An official ACT or SAT score report. Belhaven's ACT institutional code is 2180; its SAT code is 1055. Minimum requirement for acceptance is 20 ACT composite or 930 combined critical reading and math SAT score.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Minimum GPA required is 2.0. If transferring from another college with fewer than 12 credit hours, an official ACT or SAT score report is required.
  • An essay, interview, and letter of recommendation may be submitted voluntarily by the student or may be requested by the admission office if student does not meet minimum requirements for acceptance.
  • A student who has been educated at home must submit a transcript outlining courses taken and ACT or SAT scores; OR meet the requirements for students applying with a GED.
  • Preliminary Admission Students who provide unofficial documentation (such as transcripts) but are missing official documentation may be admitted preliminarily. These students will be given 30 days from the beginning date of the first course to provide official documentation to the office of admission or risk being removed from class. A student cannot be certified for financial aid until he/she is officially admitted to the University.

Dual Enrollment

  • Completed admission application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee.
  • An official ACT or SAT score report. Belhaven's ACT institutional code is 2180; its SAT code is 1055. Minimum requirement for acceptance is 21 ACT composite or 970 combined critical reading and math SAT score.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended. Minimum GPA required is 2.0.
  • A letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or teacher
  • An essay, interview, and letter of recommendation may be submitted voluntarily by the student or may be requested by the admission office if student does not meet minimum requirements for acceptance.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment in online courses is available to students enrolled in other programs on a limited basis as described below. All concurrently enrolled students must satisfy standardized requirements for computer hardware, software, internet connection, attend scheduled online orientation, and meet class attendance requirements.

Concurrent Enrollment - Traditional Students

  • Full-Time Students
    • May take up to ten courses maximum.
    • Must have cumulative Belhaven 2.5 GPA or higher.
    • Must have positive recommendation from the student's assigned academic advisor.
    • Requires approval of the Advisor, Registrar and Dean of Academic Enhancement.
  • Part-Time Students
    • Must have cumulative Belhaven 2.5 GPA or higher.
    • Requires approval of the Advisor, Registrar and Dean of Academic Enhancement.

Concurrent Enrollment - Adult Studies Students

  • May take up to ten courses maximum for (Undergraduate students) and four courses maximum (for Graduate Students).
  • Must have cumulative Belhaven 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Must apply through their campus Student Services.
  • Requires approval of Student Services , the State Dean and the Dean of Academic Enhancement.

Changing Programs

All students who change programs to enter Online Campus must satisfy standardized requirements for computer hardware, software, internet connection, complete online orientation, and meet class attendance requirements.

  • Traditional
    • Must have cumulative Belhaven 2.0 GPA or higher.
    • Must have positive recommendation from the student's assigned academic advisor.
    • Requires approval of Online Campus Student Services and Registrar.
  • Adult Studies Students (All campuses)
    • Must have cumulative Belhaven 2.0 GPA or higher.
    • Must apply through their campus Student Services.
    • Requires approval of Online Campus Student Services

Admission By Examination

A student who has not graduated from high school may be admitted, but first must take all five tests of the high school level General Education Development (GED). Subscores must be 45 or higher or an average standard score of 50 or higher. The applicant must provide evidence that a high school equivalency certificate has been issued by providing an official transcript of the GED from the state Department of Education of the state that issued the certificate.

Transfer Application Process

  • Transfer students must submit a completed application form, the nonrefundable application fee of $25.00, and official college transcripts from all previous colleges attended. An applicant is not permitted to ignore previous college attendance or enrollment. A student who misrepresents information in filling out the admission application form or a student who finds after admission or enrollment that he or she is ineligible for academic reasons or any other reason to return to his or her last institution and who fails to report this immediately to the office of admission will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the College.
  • An applying transfer student must produce unofficial or official transcript(s) from all previous colleges in order to register for classes. If unofficial transcripts are submitted, the student will be given thirty days from the beginning date of the first class for the official transcript(s) to be received in the office of admission. The official final transcript(s) must be received before the student is considered officially registered and eligible to receive financial aid. 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.
  • A student who is applying with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit must send to the office of admission an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation as well as an official report of the ACT or SAT score directly from the testing service. Applications will be processed and admission status determined when all required items, including the ACT or SAT, where applicable, are on file.
  • Freshmen who have graduated and been out of high school for five years or more will not be required to submit an ACT score, but their applications must come before the committee.
  • A transfer student meeting other qualifications is automatically accepted with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Nonacademic elective credits in health and physical education are excluded from grade point average (GPA) calculation.
  • Transfer credits may be accepted from other institutions of higher learning only when the program of the transferring institution is acceptable to the receiving institution.
  • A student under academic suspension from another college or university may not enter Belhaven for one fall or spring semester following his/her suspension. A student who has been permanently dismissed from another college or university will not be eligible for admission to Belhaven University.
  • Preliminary Admission Students who provide unofficial documentation (such as transcripts) but are missing official documentation may be admitted preliminarily. These students will be given 30 days from the beginning date of the first course to provide official documentation to the office of admission or risk being removed from class. A student cannot be certified for financial aid until he/she is officially admitted to the University.

International Application Process

  • All international students should complete an application for admission and submit the nonrefundable $25.00 application fee to the office of admission at Belhaven University.
  • An English translation of all course work is required by Belhaven University. We recommend the following company and can provide an application for this service:
    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York NY 10113-0745
    Phone: 212-966-6311 or 800-937-3895
    Fax: 212-966-6395
    E-mail: info@wes.org
  • A TOEFL score of 525 (71iBT) or a score of 6 on the IELTS is required. In registering for the TOEFL, note the Belhaven TOEFL code number is 1055.
  • International students must pay in advance by credit card.


Non-degree Seeking, Special Student Application Process

  • Completed admission application
  • $25 application fee
  • Letter of good standing or transcript from last college attended.

*After attempting 6 semester hours, students must apply for admission as a degree seeking student or make a request to continue as a special student.

Veterans' Admission
Belhaven University is approved for veterans who qualify for education under the privileges provided by federal laws. Veterans with a high school diploma or a satisfactory GED certificate, obtained by completing eight units of high school work and passing the General Education Development Test (GED), will be considered for admission.

Readmission

A student who has previously withdrawn and desires reentry into the program will:

  • Apply for readmission.
  • Contact the admission office, who will obtain re-entry clearance.
  • Contact the Student Financial Services-Student Accounts office, if applicable.

*A student who has been out of the program for six months or longer must fill out an attest form and will reenter under all current program policies. A student who has been out for a year of longer must reapply.

Transfer Credits

Transfer of credit is controlled by the receiving institution and accreditation does not guarantee transferability. Belhaven University usually allows full credit to transferring students for work completed at other regionally-accredited institutions; however, some courses which are not regarded as consistent with a liberal arts curriculum (to be determined by the provost) may not be credited toward a degree. Also, remedial courses are not transferable. A grade of D will be accepted for credit if the student has an overall average of C on all courses transferred from that school. Only grades of C or better can be accepted for transfer credit in English Composition I and English Composition II, and College Algebra or a higher level math. In the case of transcripts submitted from more than one institution, each transcript is evaluated as a separate unit in chronological order.

A student pursuing an associate of arts degree may transfer a maximum of 53 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 17 semester hours of credit must be earned in residency at Belhaven University for the A.A. degree.

Once a student has earned 64 hours of junior and/or senior college credit, he/she may not transfer in any more junior or community college hours. A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit must be earned at Belhaven University or another senior college. A maximum of 50% of the bachelor-s core curriculum may be transferred into the bachelor-s curriculum with remaining curriculum to be completed at Belhaven University.

Admission Requirement for Certificate in Accounting

Prerequisites to the Accounting Certificate consist of 27 hours. MAT 101 or 110 (MAT 202), 201 (MAT 345), ACC 213-214 (BBA 320-321) with a grade of C or better within the last seven years or a proficiency exam, ECO 407, BUS 305 (BBA 350), BUS 363, BUS 414, and BUS 418. Students who have not already had BUS 418 must take ACC 418 instead.

Students who have earned a BBA from Belhaven University will already have taken all of the prerequisites and will be qualified to take the CPA exam after completion of the Accounting Certificate. Students who have earned a BBA or equivalent from another accredited college or university will need to consult with an advisor in the School of Business to determine if they lack any prerequisites. Students can transfer up to nine hours in accounting courses with permission of the chair of Accounting Studies.

Applying for Graduate Admission

Master of Business Administration/ Master of Business Administration-Health Administration/ Master of Business Administration-Human Resources Concentration/ Master of Business Administration-Leadership Concentration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Submit completed Application for Admission with fee of $25.
  • An official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. 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.
  • 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).

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.

Master of Health Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • 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. A 2.8 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • Provide a professional resume showing two years of relevant work experience. Full time military enlistment will be considered in lieu of work experience.
  • 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.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.H.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.

Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in the English language, as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at thec ollege or university level in the United States or by a score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a ForeignLanguage (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.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.P.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.

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

Regular Admission
  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • 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. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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

PreliminaryAdmission

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.

Master of Sports Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • 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. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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

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.

Graduate School of Education Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

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)

Certificate in Health Administration Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • A Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the Master's degree granting institution.

Certificate in Human Resources Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • A Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the Master's degree granting institution.

Certificate in Leadership Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • A Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the Master's degree granting institution.

Certificate in Sports Administration Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking Application Process

  • Submit completed application of admission with fee of $25.
  • A Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the Master's degree granting institution.