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 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

  • 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 University.
  • 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 office of 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 Concentration/Master of Business Administration – Human Resource Concentration/Master of Business Administration – Leadership Concentration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Submit completed application of 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).

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 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.
  • 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 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.

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 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

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)    

  1. Submit completed application for admission with fee.
  2. Applicants must have an earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited College or University.
  3. 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.

OR

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.

  1. Applicants must submit 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.

Conditional Admittance

  • Candidates failing to meet the GPA requirements are allowed to appeal to the Admission Committee for review of their qualifications.
  • Items needed for review:
    • Two letters of recommendation (not from family members)
    • Personal essay relating to reasons for low GPA and how your desire to advance your education is prompting this appeal
    • Copies of transcripts from degree-granting institutions plus all courses taken post-graduation
  • Results of the appeal could be any of the following:  admit with no restrictions, admit with conditions, defer admittance, or deny admittance
  • Decisions of the committee are final.

    Test Requirements Prior to Program Admission and Required for Initial Licensure
    1. Submit Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE) or ACT or SAT scores (passing and cut scores are based on Mississippi State Department of Education's current requirements).
      • Praxis CORE scores:  Reading (156), Writing (162), Math (150)
      • ACT scores:  Composite score of 21
      • Qualifying SAT scores
    1. Submit Praxis II Specialty Area Test score (score in content area must meet Mississippi licensure requirements).
    2. Submit transcript showing satisfactory completion of EDU 501 – Measurement and Evaluation Strategies and EDU 506-Classroom Management and Organization

Foundations of Reading Test

  • All candidates seeking teaching licensure for Elementary Education grades 4-6 must take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test (minimum passing score = 229) prior to admittance to the MAT program.
     

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.)

  • Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed./C&I)
  • Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction with Area of Emphasis in Education Technology (M.Ed./C&I/Ed. Tech)
  • Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction:  Support for National Board Certification (M.Ed./C&I/NBCT)
  • Master of Education in Reading Literacy (M.Ed./RL)
  • Master of Education School Leadership and Supervision (M.Ed./Adm.)

 

  1. Submit completed application for admission with fee.

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

       certification.

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

              licensed educator.

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)

       applicants must:

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

     Certification.

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Applicants

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.

Ed.S. Applicants

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:

Conditionally Admitted

Admitted Conditionally

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. 

  1. End of PHASE II – Orientation and Pre-Dissertation Phase – Gate-Keeping Phase
  • Grades from EDU courses 700, 701, 702, and 785 must be maintained at grade point average of 3.0 or better, with only one grade of C allowed.   If the grade requirement is not maintained, a candidate will be dismissed from the program.
  • The Graduate Review Committee will evaluate all Comprehensive Papers at the end of EDU 785 to determine a candidate's potential for successfully completing the Ed.D. degree program.  This review will examine progress made in the candidate's academic writing abilities, and response to constructive criticism and critique of their work, as well as a review of the candidate's professional disposition.  This review may result in a recommendation of non-continuance of a candidate in the program.
  1. End of PHASE III – Transition/Research Coursework Phase
  • GPA of 3.0 or better with no more than one grade of C from Phases II and III combined. If the GPA requirement is not maintained a candidate will be dismissed from the program.
  1. End of PHASE IV – Dissertation Phase.  Enrollment must be continual until dissertation is defended
  • Successful completion and oral defense of the candidate's dissertation.  Without successful completion and defense of the dissertation, the Doctor of Education Degree will not be awarded.
     

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.

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.

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.


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.