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Catalogue: Online Campus Courses of Instruction: GRADUATE PROGRAMS

(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Online – Information for Prospective Students). 

Masters in 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 MBA 601, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 682, 686, 687, and 688.

MBA Concentrations

Students wishing to add a concentration (Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, or Sports Administration) within the MBA may 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 and corresponding concentration.  

MBA with Health Administration concentration – 36 hours to include MBA601, 615,  624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 682, 687, 688, and 3 courses from MHA608, 643, 646, or 668.

MBA with Human Resource concentration - 36 hours to include MBA601, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 682, 687, 688, MSL660, 661, and 662.

MBA with Leadership concentration - 36 hours to include MBA601, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 682, 687, 688, MSL630, 665, and 668.

MBA with Sports Administration concentration - 36 hours to include MBA601, 615, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 682, 687, 688, and 3 courses from MSA608, 643, 646, or 668.


Masters in Health Administration

Graduation Requirements

M.H.A. :  36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 660, 665, 686, MBA 640, MHA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.  

M.H.A. Certificate :  9 hours from the following:  MHA 608, 643, 646, and 668.

Masters in 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.

Objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program

Graduation Requirements

M.P.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 640, 658 and 660, MPA 603, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612 and 613.

Masters in 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.

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 MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686.  

M.S.L. with Human Resources concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, 624, 630, 640, 643, 646, 658, 660, 661, 662, 665, 668, 670, 686,

M.S.L. with Ministry concentration - 36 hours to include MSL601, 640, 630, MSL658, 665, 660, 686, 668, 670, MIN610, 620, and 630

Certificate in Human Resources:  9 hours from the following:  MSL 660, 661, 662 and 663.

Certificate in Leadership:  9 hours from the following:  MBA 686, MSL 630, 665 and 668

Masters in Sports Administration

Graduation Requirements


M.S.A. :  36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 660, 665, 686, MBA 640, MSA 608, 624, 643, 646, 668, 670.

Certificate in Sports Administration:  9 hours from the following: MSA 608, 643, 646 and 668.

GRADUATE TEACHER EDUCATION

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.

Master of Education

Objectives of the Master of Education 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:

Graduation Requirements

Master of Education

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 in the Content Areas 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 & Innovations in Education    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 & Manage Data 3
EDU 643 New & 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. 

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

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:

Graduation Requirements


Master of Education in Reading Literacy – MED-R/L
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
EDU 625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom 3

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