GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

All communications regarding entrance to graduate program at Belhaven University should be addressed to the Admission Office of Adult and Graduate Studies at the appropriate campus. Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, fees, transcripts, and applicable test scores have been received by the University.

Master of Business Administration Admission Requirements


Regular Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree in Business 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.
  • 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 79internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • A 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
    • 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.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. 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.

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of transfer credit can be awarded at the discretion of the department chair.


Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one recommendation from a current or former employer.
  • 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.
  • CSM or CPM certification is accepted in lieu of testing requirements above for regular admission.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.P.A. program, may be admitted using the following criteria:

  •  Student has submitted all required documents for regular admission for the MPA program.
  •  The student has submitted an entrance essay which demonstrates why the student will be successful in the program to the Office of Admission.
  •  The application file has been reviewed and approved by the designated Admission Committee for Conditional Acceptance.

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester to determine a student’s academic standing: warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.


Master of Science in Leadership/Master of Science in Leadership - Ministry Concentration Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Demonstration of ability to perform graduate level work as exhibited by one of the following:
    • At least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last sixty hours of undergraduate study.
    • 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.S.L. program, may be admitted using the following criteria:

  • Students whose undergraduate grade point average is below 2.5.
  • The student may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations 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.


Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Regular Admission

The following are required at the time of application:

  1.  Completed application for admission and $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  2.  Submit official transcripts from college or university attended (undergraduate degree in dance or related area with a min. 2.8 GPA overall and a min. 3.0 GPA in Dance studies).
  3.  300-500 word letter of intent to undertake graduate study.
  4.  Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one dance-related).
  5.  A professional resume (a minimum 2 years of field-related experience is preferred).
  6.  A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) which demonstrates analytical and verbal ability, preferably related to the field of dance.
  7.  A choreographic and/or performance sample from the last five years, 10-15 minutes, via hyperlinks from youtube or vimeo.
  8.  Personal interview with the chair of the dance department and the director of MFA in Dance program.
  9.  Audition in person for the chair of the dance department and dance faculty for admission to the program.


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)    

  • Submit completed application for admission with fee.
  • Applicants must have an earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited College or University.
  • Prior to admission, candidates must submit one of the following:
    • GPA of 3.0+
    • GPA of 3.0+ on last 60 hours of coursework
    • ACT composite score of 21 or qualifying SAT score
  • Prior to admission, candidates must present a qualifying Praxis II content area score.

Test Requirements Prior to Program Admission and Required for Initial Licensure

    • 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
    • Submit Praxis II Specialty Area Test score (score in content area must meet Mississippi licensure requirements).
    • 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) – Non- 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.

Should candidates in the MAT – Non-License program take and pass the required MDE tests for admissions into the MAT- Alternate Route degree program and submit qualifying tests scores to the School of Education candidates may request a degree plan change to the MAT-Alt/Cert degree if they desire to attain a MS Alternate Route Teacher License.

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 prior to making application to the program. Due to the required internship hours for licensure, those seeking Administrator Licensure who are not currently employed at the school level cannot apply to the Educational Leadership program.  

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:

      a) Official Bachelor's Degree Transcript from a regionally accredited college or university

b) 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 three (3) Professional Letters of Recommendation. (Forms provided in Application Packet)

6.   Must submit an essay identifying and describing a contemporary educational trend or issue and its    

      associated challenges and impact on the field of education. In a 3-5 page essay, describe why the trend or

       issue is significant and worthy of research.

Applicants seeking an Ed.S. leading to Administrative Licensure are also to include:

7.   A completed and signed copy of the Candidate Request Form for Intern Mentoring Supervisor. (Form          provided in Application Packet)

8.   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- IV.  Completed Ed.S. degrees can be accepted upon Committee review.  

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 candidates' dispositions 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 receives an additional letter grade of C, the candidate will automatically be dismissed from the program.

A letter grade of a D or an F are 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, Doctor of Education.

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 704 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 705 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) – National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards (NELP).

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. licensure program who are in good standing, maintain a qualifying status, and desire to extend their academic work by pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership, will have the opportunity to submit an essay of intent.

* Candidates accepted into the Ed.D. program with an earned Ed.S. degree from another institution will be required to take EDU 701 Advanced Christian Worldview as a "leveling" course.  

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 for verifying 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.