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:

  • To provide a program which equips graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining employment in managerial positions and for advancing their careers.
  • To serve the business community by offering evening classes for executives who wish to enhance their management skills.
  • To provide a graduate education program which emphasizes a strong foundation in Christian ethics and worldview.
  • To assist managers and future managers in improving speaking, negotiating, and human relations skills.
  • To emphasize the use of technology in management by providing a computer-enhanced program.
  • To prepare students at the graduate level for integrating the major functional areas of business into the making of business policy.
  • To provide an opportunity for executives and future executives to apply theory to real-life business and industry situations.
  • To help managers develop a global perspective by providing a study of foreign political, technical, and economic structures in relation to business practices.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.B.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-. 
  • Student will be required to pass successfully a comprehensive exam.
  • All credit applied toward the M.B.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven.  (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted.  Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.B.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

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

  • Successful completion of the M.H.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-. 
  • All credits applied toward the M.H.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven.  (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted.  Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.H.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

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

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in communications, human resources, accounting, governmental finance, economics, and public policy analysis.
  • Appreciate the trend to interdependency between local, state, and federal agencies and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organizational change and development
  • Develop the ability to apply the most recent research and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and  strategies available to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.P.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • Students are allowed no more than two (2) C’s over the course of their MPA program. 
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MPA 613 Management Research Methods- Project III.
  • All credits applied toward the M.P.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.P.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

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:

  • Practice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and strategic planning in a variety of organizations and environments.
  • Prepare to lead others in environments increasingly characterized by change and complexity.
  • Master principles of human behavior and motivation to maximize use of human resources.
  • Master key functional area skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Appreciate the trend to a global world and the need to continually update leadership principles and techniques.
  • Complete a significant hands-on project in a live organization and integrate the knowledge and skills from all courses taken.
  • Develop organizational-wide skills in structure, coordination, policy, and design of subunits.
  • Master methods of organization change and development.
  • Develop the ability to utilize the most recent tools and concepts emerging in management and leadership.
  • Interact with executive level leaders from the community to identify current challenges and optional strategies to address them.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the M.S.L. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-. 
  • Students will be required to pass successfully MSL 670 Leadership Capstone.
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.L. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven.  (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted.  Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.L. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

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

  • Successful completion of the M.S.A. core curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.  A student must repeat any course in which he/she earned a grade lower than a C-.
  • A student may have no more than two grades of C, C+, or C-. 
  • All credits applied toward the M.S.A. degree must have been completed within six years of matriculation at Belhaven.  (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted.  Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s M.S.A. program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.


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 SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

The Graduate School of Education Mission Statement

Teacher As Servant Leader
Learning to Teach – Teaching to Serve

The School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators but also in developoing concerned, compassionate educators who value each student’s life and who are dedicated to helping all students to learn and fulfill his or her God-given potential. The School of Education’s goal is the development of Teachers as Servant Leaders, professionals committed to transforming teaching, learning, and schooling – professionals dedicated to creating positive learning environments wherein students learn the virtues and skills necessary to become responsible citizens.

The faculty in the Belhaven School Graduate of Education believe that well-prepared teachers as professional educators are committed to the teaching profession and in helping to improve the educational environment and our schools. At Belhaven, we challenge teachers to stretch themselves as effective educators, to take the lead in their schools, and to develop a heart of service in their communities and to make a difference in the engagement and learning of all children they teach as well as impact each child’s life.

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 graduate Master’s Degree programs online: the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and the Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed.-R/L). Each degree is designed to meet different educational leadership needs. 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 M.Ed. allows the professional teacher to take one of three areas of emphasis:  1) M.Ed. –Teacher as Leader (specialty in elementary or secondary education), 2) Preparation for National Board Techer Certification, and 3) Educational Technology.  The Master’s Degree in Reading Literacy (M.Ed.-RL) is intended for those who hold a valid standard teaching license and are currently teaching in a school. The M.Ed.-RL in reading can advance teachers into supervisory and leadership roles in education.

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- M.Ed.

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:

  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide experiences that will enable the teacher candidates to:
    • Synthesize best instructional and curriculum practices through collaborative problem-solving.
    • Increase knowledge of subject matter content and critical thinking skills and apply this knowledge in the field.
    • Evaluate a school’s curriculum, goals, and instruction and use current research and innovations to solve site-based problems.
    • Acquire and use current research about how children learn and develop to improve instruction from infancy through adolescence.
    • Acquire skills and knowledge of educational technology and its uses in the classroom.
  • PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates to acquire skills to:
    • Evaluate instructional strategies and build a variety of teaching modules that will improve learning within the classroom and school.
    • Use professional materials, organizations, and current research to expand knowledge about innovations and trends in education to improve instruction in the elementary and secondary school.
    • Design and implement research studies that observe, record, and evaluate children’s behavior in order to plan appropriate instructional programs and improve learning environments.
    • Acquire greater knowledge as to appropriate research methodology and analysis of current trends in education and the implication for today’s schools.
  • LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates with experiences for the development of skills to:
    • Evaluate curriculum, resources, and opportunities within the community to enhance instruction and improve relationships with parents and the school community.
    • Promote cooperative exchanges within the classroom, among faculty, and with parents to provide greater opportunities for improvement in the curriculum and instruction in the school.
  • CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: The Master of Education program seeks to promote the personal and spiritual development of the teacher candidates to:
    • Integrate and exhibit the Christian worldview in involvement with students, parents, coworkers, and the community.
    • Demonstrate integrity in research and implementation of programs to improve instruction.
    • Analyze and develop models of service to schools and communities.
    • Manifests the dispositions of the profession as well as the ethical principles of a Christian professional educator.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • No more than two C or C+ grades are permitted in the course of the program.
  • Once two C’s are earned, a student must repeat any subsequent course in which he/she earns a grade of C or below.
  • Graduate education candidates are required to successfully complete all course Artifacts and the Comprehensive Capstone Paper in order to confirm the knowledge base gained during the course of their plan of study by articulating and demonstrating their ability to critically reflect, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the content and applied in education and schooling today.  See the Graduate School of Education Handbook for specific requirements.
  • All credit applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

Master of Education- M.Ed.

Includes 24 Core Credit Hours Plus 9 Credit Hours in an Area of Emphasis for a Total M.Ed. Degree of 33 Credit Hours

Master of Education- M.Ed.
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- M.Ed.
Areas of Emphasis (9 credit hours)

M.Ed. – 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

M.Ed. – 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

M.Ed. – 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

NOTE: Students seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements.  Completion of the Master of Education does not lead to nor does it guarantee licensure. 

Master of Education in Reading Literacy – M.Ed.-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:

  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide experiences that will enable the teacher candidates to:
    • Synthesize best instructional and curriculum practices through collaborative problem-solving.
    • Increase knowledge of subject matter content and critical thinking skills and apply this knowledge in the field.
    • Evaluate a school’s curriculum, goals, and instruction and use current research and innovations to solve site-based problems.
    • Acquire and use current research about how children learn and develop to improve instruction from infancy through adolescence.
    • Acquire skills and knowledge of educational technology and its uses in the classroom.
  • PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates to acquire skills to:
    • Evaluate instructional strategies and build a variety of teaching modules that will improve learning within the classroom and school.
    • Use professional materials, organizations, and current research to expand knowledge about innovations and trends in education to improve instruction in the elementary and secondary school.
    • Design and implement research studies that observe, record, and evaluate children’s behavior in order to plan appropriate instructional programs and improve learning environments.
    • Acquire greater knowledge as to appropriate research methodology and analysis of current trends in education and the implication for today’s schools.
  • LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates with experiences for the development of skills to:
    • Evaluate curriculum, resources, and opportunities within the community to enhance instruction and improve relationships with parents and the school community.
    • Promote cooperative exchanges within the classroom, among faculty, and with parents to provide greater opportunities for improvement in the curriculum and instruction in the school.
  • CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: The Master of Education program seeks to promote the personal and spiritual development of the candidates to:
    • Integrate and exhibit the Christian worldview in involvement with students, parents, coworkers, and the community.
    • Demonstrate integrity in research and implementation of programs to improve instruction.
    • Analyze and develop models of service to schools and communities.
    • Manifests the dispositions of the profession as well as the ethical principles of a Christian professional educator.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the degree curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • No more than two C or C+ grades are permitted in the course of the program.  Any grade of C- or below must be repeated for credit toward a degree.
  • Once two C’s are earned, a student must repeat any subsequent course in which he/she earns a grade of C or below.
  • Candidates are required to successfully complete all course Artifacts and the comprehensive exit process Comprehensive Capstone Paper.
  • Candidates will be required to take and successfully pass the Foundations of Reading Test before taking REA 608, REA 629, and REA 622.
  • All credit applied toward the degree must have been completed within five years of matriculation at Belhaven. (No more than six semester hours of transfer graduate course work will be accepted. Transfer work must be from a regionally-accredited college or university and must have been completed within six years of matriculation in Belhaven’s program.)
  • Payment of all tuition and fees.
  • Applications for degree completion audits must be made online by the deadlines listed in the calendars at least eight months prior to the anticipated degree completion.  Failure to do so on schedule may result in a delay in the ceremony participation or receipt of diploma.

Master of Education in Reading Literacy – M.Ed.-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
Candidates will be required to take and successfully pass the Foundations of Reading Test as a pre-request to taking REA 608, REA 629, and REA 622.

NOTE: Students seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements.  Completion of the Master of Reading does not lead to nor does it guarantee licensure.