(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Adult Studies – Information for Prospective Students).
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 ProgramThe 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:
M.B.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 682, and 687.
MBA ConcentrationsStudents 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 – 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687 and MHA608, 646, and 668.
MBA with Human Resource concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687, and 9 hours from MSL660, 661, 662 and 663.
MBA with Leadership concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664,680, 687 and MSL 630, 665, and 668.
MBA with Sports Administration concentration - 42 hours to include MSL 601, MBA 612, 613, 624, 640, 643, 646, 658, 664, 680, 687 and MSA 608, 646, and 668.
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 ProgramPractice servant leadership using Christ as the model in serving people and society.
M.P.A.: 36 hours to include MSL 601, MPA 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 612, and 613.
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 ProgramThe following are Executive Development Learning Objectives of the M.S.L. program:
M.S.L.: 36 hours to include MBA 624, 640, 646, MSL 601, 630, 643, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670 and 686.
M.S.L. with Human Resources concentration - 42 hours to include MBA 624, 640, 646, MSL 601, 630, 643, 658, 660, 665, 668, 670 and 686, and 6 hours from MSL 661, 662 and 663.
M.S.L. with Ministry concentration - 36 hours to include MSL 601, 630, 640 (or MBA640), 658, 660, 665, 668, 670, 686, and MIN 610, 620, 630.
Associate Professor Bower, Chair
Associate Professor Wright, MFA Program Director
Associate Professor Morton
Associate Professor E. Rockwell
Associate Professor Tucker-Wagnon
Specialty Instructor O. Rockwell
Specialty Instructor Sweatt
Specialty Instructor Whitehead
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 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 Requirements for Graduation:
Professor Hand, Ed.D., Dean
Assistant Professor Wilkins, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Teacher Education
Professor Wasson, Ph.D.
Professor Nisbett, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor Mincey, Ph.D.
(For Admission Information see Graduate Admission Requirements listed under Adult Studies – Information for Prospective Students).
Graduate School of Education Mission Statement
Teacher As Servant LeaderLearning to Teach – Teaching to Serve
The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education seeks to produce not only effective professional educators but also develop concerned, compassionate educators who value each student’s life and who are dedicated to helping all students 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 where 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, building administrators, and district leaders serving as professional educators are committed to the 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 the all the 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:
While serving different audiences, all degree programs acknowledge the expertise, experience, and needs of adult learners. 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 new and practicing teachers as well as aspiring and current administrators who desire to enhance their knowledge, skills, and practice. The Graduate School of Education faculty and staff are committed to preparing professional educators who can provide distinctive Christian leadership and service in the classrooms, in the schools, at the district levels, and within diverse communities.
The Belhaven School of Education Conceptual Framework and Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS)Serving as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) for Belhaven University the Graduate School of Education’s Mission Statement is:
To prepare effective professional educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to all students, parents, and communities.
The conceptual framework and the Belhaven Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS) identified by the School of Education are the foundation for the EPP’s
Quality Assurance Assessment System and reflect and inform candidate assessments of the following objectives:
Belhaven Educator Preparation Provider Standards (BEPPS)
BEPP Standard 1: Vision and MissionThe candidate supports and promotes, an academic and values centered, vision and mission to other teachers, staff, parents, and community to ensure that high quality teaching, learning, and schooling are implemented and continuous school improvement is taking place.
BEPP Standard 2: Knowledge of ContentThe candidate assures that they utilize knowledge of content in creating learning opportunities that make subject matter meaningful and useful and promotes the growth and development of all students.
BEPP Standard 3: Learning EnvironmentsThe candidate promotes academic success and personal wellbeing of students by assuring that they design and manage learning environments that accommodate a diverse population, provide for individual differences, and enhance student learning and achievement.
BEPP Standard 4: Instructional MethodsThe candidate, in cooperation with other school educators, selects and implements a variety of instructional methods & teaching strategies that develop students' critical thinking, problem solving, & performance skills.
BEPP Standard 5: AssessmentThe candidate promotes appropriate and meaningful assessments and analyzes assessment data to monitor and document individual student learning, grade level growth, classroom, and school advancement
in order to inform improvements in instruction, the impact on student learning, and school
BEPP Standard 6: Professional GrowthThe candidate employs the tools of self-evaluation and reflection and utilizes available resources to support professional growth as an educator and leader, to create a culture of professionalism and promote student learning, foster improved instruction, and be an advocate for school enhancement.
BEEP Standard 7: Professional DispositionsThe candidate integrates and exhibits the Christian worldview in building
inclusive learning environments that address the needs, perspectives, and diversity among students, families, colleagues, and communities. The candidate manifests the ethical principles and dispositions of a Christian professional educator and is a role model both in and outside of the school building, the district, and the community.
The Belhaven Graduate School of Education offers two (2) course delivery formats: 1) Hybrid, and 2) Online.
All courses run for a period of eight consecutive weeks.
Two eight-week sessions are offered each semester as follows:
For more information about these delivery systems and help in determining which system is best for you, please call the
Adult and Graduate Student Services at: 601.968.8880
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.
NOTE: Candidates seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching does not guarantee licensure.
Includes 24 Core Credit Hours Plus 9 Credit Hours in an Area of Emphasis for a Total MED Degree of 33 Credit Hours
NOTE: Students seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Education does not guarantee licensure. See the Graduate School of Education Handbook for specific requirements for the Comprehensive Capstone Paper and state licensure process.
Master of Education in Reading Literacy – M.Ed.-R/L
Includes 24 Core Credit Hours. Plus 9 Credit Hours in an Area of Emphasis available Online only. Total M.Ed. Degree equals 33 Credit Hours.
Please note if you enroll as an on-ground candidate at the Jackson or DeSoto campus you will be considered involved and enrolled in the Adult on Campus Program even though you may be taking some online courses.
Candidates in the M.Ed.-R/L program whether on-ground or online will be required to submitted assignments online for grading purposes in the web-based program
Requirements for M.Ed.-R/L Degree
Candidates will be required to take and successfully pass the
Foundations of Reading Test as a prerequisite to taking REA 632 and EDU625.
NOTE: Candidates seeking teaching certification must assume responsibility for fulfilling all state requirements. Completion of the Master of Reading does not guarantee licensure.
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