Program Overview

Belhaven University Online offers the Master of Public Administration degree for students and professionals in government services or for those who are interested in government services who want to develop leadership and management capabilities within government and nonprofit organizations and agencies. Students will learn about the economic, political, legal, and social issues involved in management of public agencies, and will develop a critical thinking and problem solving approach to public management and policy analysis.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education, which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to graduate education, ethics and society, organizational behavior, research methods in public administration, administration of financial resources, principles of executive leadership, public and administrative law, economics and public policy, human resources development and administration, managerial research project, and public policy analysis.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the Master of Science degree. The qualifications demonstrate the student has been able to apply the principles they learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to describe key leadership concepts and theories, to determine appropriate skills needed for participating in and contributing to public and nonprofit policy processes, to critically evaluate strategies for resolving public policy and administration problems in a global economic and political environment, to develop ethical solutions to advance and improve the lives of citizens and organizations, and to apply models that represent best practices in utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national and international public agencies.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Belhaven University through its School of Business Administration has the following degree programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Leadership, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, and Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration.

    School Overview

    Belhaven University traces its founding to the late nineteenth century, when Belhaven College first opened its doors in Jackson, Mississippi, as a private institution serving the educational needs of young women. It later merged with McComb Female Institute, in 1911, and then merged once more, with the Mississippi Synodical College in 1939. Belhaven continued to evolve, becoming co-educational in the 1950s. Since that period, Belhaven has “reaffirmed” its Christian status, and has expanded academic programming, and added graduate and continuing educational programs. In 2010, Belhaven officially changed its title from Belhaven College to Belhaven University.

    Today, the private, not-for-profit four-year institution awards associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, along with supporting certificate programs. Belhaven’s adult and graduate degree programs are tailored to fit the busy schedules of working professionals and non-traditional students. Furthermore, Belhaven University supports online learning opportunities to offer added flexibility and convenience. Undergraduate students can choose from two online options: the asynchronous path allows students to complete assignments and work when it suits, as long as deadlines are met, and the second synchronous option gives students the opportunity to participate in a virtual classroom, with real-time interaction between the instructor and students. Graduate work is completed asynchronously.

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