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.
Degree-seeking, Freshman Application Process
Concurrent EnrollmentConcurrent 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
Concurrent Enrollment – Adult Studies Students
Changing ProgramsAll 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.
Admission By ExaminationA student who has earned the General Education Development (GED) certificate may be admitted. An official GED transcript must be provided from the State Department of Education of the state that issued the certificate. Students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all four subjects in order to be considered for admission.
Transfer Application Process
International Application Process
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Non-degree Seeking, Special Student Application Process
*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’ AdmissionBelhaven 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.
ReadmissionA student who has previously withdrawn and desires reentry into the program will:
*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 CreditsTransfer 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 AccountingPrerequisites 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Degree-Seeking Application Process
Prospective Candidates are encouraged to review the application requirements identified with the individual degree program for which they desire to make application. Application requirements may vary within the School of Education Graduate degree programs due to licensure or non-licensure requirements.
Application for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Alternate Route to Licensure
Mississippi Alternate Route to Teacher Certification – (MAT-Alt/Cert)
Applicants with graduate hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in 6 or more graduate credit hours from courses taken in an accredited and approved graduate program will be considered based on the graduate GPA, as it can supersede the applicant's undergraduate GPA.
Foundations of Reading Test
Application for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) - Degree without Licensure
Applicants are expected to meet the same requirements as those seeking a MAT degree with licensure with the EXCEPTION of the test scores. A degree can be earned without meeting the testing requirements. This does NOT meet Mississippi Department of Education guidelines for licensure. Candidates can change to the licensure program when test requirements are met. Test requirements include: qualifying Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test scores OR qualifying ACT/SAT scores PLUS a qualifying Praxis II score in the candidate's desired teaching area prior to admission to the MAT –Alternate Route to Teacher Certification program.
Application for the Master of Education (M.Ed.)
2. Have a current 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
3. Have a minimum of one (1) full academic year of teaching experience in a public or private school. NOTE:
Master of Education in School Leadership and Supervision candidates are required to provide proof
of at least three (3) years of teaching experience prior to admissions to the program, as a requirement of
the Mississippi Department of Education. (Form provided with application packet)
4. Meet grade point average (GPA) requirements:
a) Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 OR a 2.75 GPA or higher on the last 60 credits earned toward a
bachelor degree OR
b) Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in 6 or more graduate courses previously attended OR
documentation of 6 or more graduate credit hours taken in a regionally accepted graduate program.
The graduate GPA supersedes the bachelor degree GPA.
5. 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 (part of the Application Packet) from a
supervising administrator of the individual's current school of employment indicating years of experience
and potential as a Reading Literacy specialist.
6. IN ADDITION: Master of Education in School Leadership Administration (M.Ed./ADM) applicants:
a) Must present two letters of recommendation from: 1) your current school administrator and 2) a
superintendent, another former school administrator, a supervising teacher, and/or another professional
b) Must present a completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring
Supervisor. (Form provided in Application Packet)
c) May be required to provide a letter of explanation/appeal OR attend an interview on location, phone,
Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
d) Must be currently employed at the school building level due to the requirement to attain internship
hours for licensure.
7. IN ADDITION: Master of Education with Support for National Board Certification (M.Ed./NBCT)
a) Show proof of filing and making payment for the National Board application and must have been
determined eligible to work toward their National Board Certification.
b) sign a Memorandum of Understanding which states they are fully aware that the degree does not
guarantee that the candidate will pass the National Board Exam or be awarded National Board Teacher
Out of State Candidates
The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education does not guarantee that candidates will be eligible in any state other than Mississippi to qualify for an educator initial certification, certification upgrade, or salary increase. Candidates are responsible for contacting their State Department of Education and/or State Licensure Board to ascertain the requirements for obtaining a license/certification or endorsement in the state of their residence or the state in which they may desire to serve as an educator. Candidates understand that they are responsible to verify whether or not the Belhaven University Educator Preparation Provider degrees in Education will be recognized by states other than Mississippi. Candidates will need to confirm in writing if the Belhaven School of Education degrees will qualify for initial educator licensure/certification or endorsements, certification upgrades, as well as confirm whether or not the degrees will lead to a salary increase in another state outside of Mississippi.
As part of their application, out of state candidates will sign an "Out of State Memorandum of Understanding" indicating that they are aware of the Belhaven University School of Education's policies governing out of state educator licensures issues.
Time Frame for Earning School of Education Master Degrees
The time a candidate begins the first Graduate course in one of the Master degrees to the time the candidate completes the plan of study and graduates cannot exceed five (5) years. This includes the following degrees:
MAT-Alt/Cert, M.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction - or - Curriculum and Instruction/Education Technology,
M.Ed. - Reading Literacy, or M.Ed./ADM – School Leadership and Supervision.
Application for: Education Specialist - Educational Leadership & Supervision (Ed.S.)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
NOTE: The Ed.S. & Ed.D. degrees have been developed for the Elementary/Secondary Education Practitioner.
They have NOT been designed as an Ed.S. or Ed.D. degree for General Organizational Leadership or Interdisciplinary Leadership. The Belhaven School of Education Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees do not apply to those outside the field of Education.
Applicants applying to the Ed.S./Ed.D. program are to be professional educators working in schools or employed in the field of Education and are able to verify having had three or more years of experience in teaching. Due to the required internship hours for licensure, those seeking Administrator Licensure cannot apply to the Educational Leadership program who are not currently employed at the school level. Also, candidates seeking licensure cannot begin the program without a signed agreement from a school building administrator who will be willing to serve as their Mentoring Supervisor during their Internship over the course of their plan of study.
Because candidates applying to the Ed.S. program may choose to continue and be admitted into the Ed.D. program, the following information and documents will be required for both Ed.S. Licensure and Ed.S. Non-Licensure as well as the Ed.D degree program.
1. Must submit a completed Ed.S./Ed.D. Application.
2. Must hold a Master's Degree in Education or related field, and/or hold a valid Ed.S. degree in the field of Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit:
1) Official Bachelor's Degree Transcript from a regionally accredited college or university
2) All Official Graduate-Level Academic Transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.
3. Must submit Official GRE or Official Miller Analogies Test scores taken within the past five (5) years.
4. Must submit documentation of a minimum of three (3) years' experience in a PK-12 education context - required for both the licensure and non-licensure programs. (Form provided in Application Packet)
5. Must submit two (2) artifacts that clearly demonstrate leadership potential within his/her current educational/schooling position.
6. Must submit three (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation. (Forms provided in Application Packet)
7. Must submit an essay describing the applicant's background, career goals, and reasons for applying to the program, including a 3-5 page overview of their experiences in teaching, administrative duties, or other employment opportunities related to involvement in PK-12 education.
Applicants seeking an Ed.S. leading to Administrative Licensure are also to include:
8. A completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring Supervisor. (Form provided in Application Packet)
9. A copy of their current Teaching License.
Due to the required internship hours for licensure, those seeking Administrator Licensure who are not currently employed at the school building level cannot apply to the Educational Leadership program.
A personal interview may be requested by the graduate faculty if there are questions regarding a candidate's responses in the application process or questions regarding the applicant's dispositions and/or character as reflected in reference letters or recommendations submitted during the application process. The interview is to allow the graduate faculty to determine if Belhaven's doctoral program is a best fit for the applicant. Interviews could be conducted as a personal on-campus interview, Skype/FaceTime/Zoom, or phone interview.
Transfer applicants entering into the Ed.S. program from other regionally accredited graduate education programs may have the opportunity to transfer a maximum of 6 hours of an Ed.S. degree program, provided the courses are equivalent to the Belhaven School of Education program and provided the applicant meets all of the same requirements for regular admission. Only courses with a grade of B or better can be transferred. No pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades will be accepted. Also, any acceptable transfer courses must have been completed within 5 years of the time of the applicant's acceptance into the program.
Ed.D. Applicants with an Ed.S. Degree
An applicant with an earned Ed.S. degree from another accredited institution can have 30 credit hours from that Ed.S. degree applied to the Belhaven Ed.D. degree program, PHASES II-1V. Completed Ed.S. degrees can be accepted upon Committee review.
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates admitted and entering into the Ed.D. program at PHASE II with an Ed.S. degree will be required to take EDU 785 Educational Leadership Comprehensive Paper as part of their PHASE II: Pre-Dissertation Phase.
CONDITIONAL ADMISSION AND CONTINUANCE IN THE ED.D. PROGRAM
Belhaven University Graduate School of Education's grading, GPA, course failure, course retakes, and program continuance policies at the Doctoral level are governed differently from the other degree level programs in the University. Once a candidate is enrolled in Phase II & Phase III of the Doctor of Education Ed.D. – Educational Leadership, degree program the policies regarding retaking courses, letter grades, and the GPA is different than the governing policies at the Bachelor, Master, and Education Specialist degree levels.
All candidates admitted to the Doctoral program beginning at Ed.D. Phase II: Introduction and Pre-Dissertation level are admitted to the program with the stipulation:
Candidates admitted Conditionally will be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty Review Committee at the end of each seven (7) week term during Phase II: Introduction and Pre-Dissertation Phase and Phase III: Research and Methods Phase of the program to assess and determine the status of candidates for continuance in the program. Grades, GPA, level of academic writing, research skills, and the candidate's disposition will be the major criteria for the Committee to consider in their review. If a candidate does not meet the criteria for continuance in the Ed.D. program the candidate will be dismissed from the program.
Candidates admitted to the Ed.D. program at Phase II and Phase III are only allowed to have one letter grade of C, regardless of their GPA. Courses at the Phase II and Phase III level cannot be repeated. Once a candidate has received a letter grade of C the Committee will place the candidate on Probation. If the candidate should receive an additional letter grade of C, they will be automatically be dismissed from the program.
A letter grade of a D or an F will be grounds for automatic dismissal from the Doctoral program, regardless of the candidate's GPA. Courses in the Doctoral Ed.D. Phase II: Introduction and Pre-Dissertation Phase and and Phase III: Research and Methods Phase cannot be repeated or taken a second time.
Dissertation Seminar and the Dissertation Writing Block of Credit Hours: EDU 780, EDU 781, EDU 782, EDU 783, and EDU 784
Ed.D. Phase IV: Dissertation Seminar Residency 2 and the Dissertation Writing Block of credit hours receive grades of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. The final grade for Phases IV will be the award of the terminal degree, the Doctor of Education and title of Dr. – Ed.
Eligibility and Requirements for Continuance in the Ed.D. Program - PHASES II-IV
A review of a candidate's eligibility to continue and graduate from the Ed.D. program will occur at three (3) different designated transition points during the course of the degree program.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANTS
M.Ed./ADM LICENSURE and Ed.S./SLS LICENSURE
Applicants are encouraged to confirm state requirements for teacher educator/administrator certification and/or endorsements with the State Department of Education from the state in which they are employed or desire to be employed. Belhaven University does not guarantee that all individual state licensing or certification requirements as defined in this degree program will meet individual State Department of Education requirements for certifications or endorsements within states other than Mississippi.
The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education offers the Master of Education (M.Ed./ADM) and the Education Specialist (Ed.S./SLS) degrees in School Leadership and Supervision leading to Mississippi Administrator Licensure. Applicants from out-of-state will be responsible for contacting their State's Department of Education to confirm any additional requirements they will need to meet in order to qualify for an Administrator's license in that state.
As part of the application process, out of state applicants will need to submit documentation from the state in which they will seek administrative licensure indicating the state's requirements for an Administrative Supervisor/Principal license.
Each course in both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs has been specifically developed to align and address one or more of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) – Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) – National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards (NELP). These are the new standards that replaced the ELCC/ISLLC national standards.
Since the Belhaven University program is directed towards Mississippi licensure requirements, applicants from out-of-state will need to sign the Agreement of Understanding Form – Out-of-State Applicants form, indicating that the applicant understands that there may be additional requirements that need to be met in the applicant's state to obtain an Administrator License.
The Ed.S. Degree to an Ed.D.
Applicants accepted into the Ed.S. program and maintaining qualifying status will have the opportunity to continue to work towards earning a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). The 33 credit hours earned from the Ed.S. degree at Belhaven will be applied towards the 60 credit hours in the Ed.D. degree program. Thirty (30) credit hours will be reviewed and considered from an Ed.S. earned from another approved and recognized university*. Candidates who have completed the 33 (30*) hours in an Ed.S. program will have the opportunity to enter the Ed.D. program at PHASE II of the plan of study. Candidates will have the opportunity to earn the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing the Dissertation Phase IV of the program. Please see the Degree Plan Sheet.
* Candidates accepted into the Ed.D. program with an earned Ed.S. degree from another institution will be required to take EDU 785: Leadership Comprehensive Paper as a "leveling" course. EDU 785: Leadership Comprehensive Paper has been designed to serve as a comprehensive assessment of a candidate's thirty Ed.S. credit hours of professional specialized course work. This comprehensive paper is evaluated by the Graduate Education Committee to determine the candidate's ability to write analytically, think critically, and demonstrate potential as a reflective academic writer. The comprehensive paper is considered the "Gate Keeping Phase" in determining a candidate's abilities, skill set, and knowledge base or lack thereof, to continue in the program at the dissertation research and writing phase of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree.
Time Frame for Earning Advanced Degrees
The time a candidate begins the first Graduate course to the time the candidate completes the plan of study and graduates cannot exceed five (5) years*. This applies to the Ed.S.- Administration*, or Ed.D.- Leadership* degrees.
*Candidates admitted to the Ed.S. program will have up to five (5) years in the plan of study for the Ed.S. degree. If a candidate begins the Ed.S./Ed.D. program at Belhaven starting with PHASE I, all credits applied toward the Ed.D. must have been completed within seven (7) years. If a candidate begins the Ed.D. program at PHASE II due to already holding an Ed.S. degree, the candidate will have five (5) years to complete the Ed.D. degree program.
A candidate whose study at Belhaven University has been interrupted for three or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. The requirements for degrees in effect at the time of readmission must be completed. Any candidate suspended for academic reasons may be readmitted only upon the recommendation of the Graduate Teacher Education Council.
Out of State Candidates – Ed.S. and Ed.D.
The Belhaven University Graduate School of Education does not guarantee that Ed.S. and Ed.D. candidates will be eligible in any state other than Mississippi to qualify for an educator initial certification, certification upgrade, or salary increase. Candidates are responsible for contacting their State Department of Education and/or State Licensure Board to ascertain the requirements for obtaining a license/certification or endorsement in the state of their residence or the state in which they may desire to serve as an educator. Candidates understand that they are responsible to verify whether or not the Belhaven University Educator Preparation Provider Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and/or the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) will be recognized by states other than Mississippi. Candidates will need to confirm in writing if the Belhaven School of Education degrees will qualify for initial educator licensure/certification or endorsements, certification upgrades, as well as confirm whether or not the degrees will lead to a salary increase in another state outside of Mississippi.
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 PROGRAM)
International applicants from non-English speaking countries must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 71 iBT, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6, or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) of 70. Scores must be no more than two years old and must be verifiable.
Degree-seeking Application Process
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