Hybrid Degree Programs for Graduate International Students

Belhaven University's hybrid education program provides students with the flexibility to earn their degree. Belhaven's  programs are dedicated to providing students with a quality education while incorporating a Christian worldview in its curriculum. Through friendly formats and convenient scheduling, Belhaven allows you to pursue a degree that fits around your home and work demands. You will also find confidence in knowing that you have constant personal support from Belhaven staff and frequent interaction with your professors.


  • Freedom to take classroom wherever you are and the support you need to be successful.
  • Interact with highly qualified faculty who are specialists in their fields. They will assist you in relating theory to practice.
  • Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.
  • Belhaven's business degree programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education.
  • Ranked "Best Regional College" by U.S. News.
  • Classes consist of a small cohort group of your peers.
  • An applied, practical curriculum with participation in discussions, debates, case studies, and group projects.
  • An overall recognition of the unique needs and characteristics of the adult learner.
  • Caring faculty and staff that will help you each step of the way.
  • Availability of financial aid to finance your education.
  • Belhaven has been named to America's 100 Best Buys for over 10 years
  • Ranked "Best Value" by U.S. News.

Program Format


The hybrid graduate programs with CPT are designed for F-1 international students who desire work experience while pursuing their studies at Belhaven University.  Students who begin their program in January, May, or August will begin with a 14-week hybrid course that includes a required face to face residency one weekend near the beginning of the term with the remainder of the course work done online.  In the second half of that term, students will take a 7 week fully online course along with the remainder of their hybrid course.  Each term thereafter, students will take a 14-week hybrid course with a required face to face residency scheduled sometime during the term and a 7-week online course.   The Doctor of Business Administration will only start new students in January, May, or August.

F-1 international students beginning their MBA or MSITM program in March, June, or October, will begin by taking two 7-week courses at the same time.  One will be a hybrid with a required face to face weekend residency and the other will be fully online.   Each term thereafter, students will take a 14-week hybrid course with a required face to face residency scheduled sometime during the term and a 7-week online course in the second half of the term.


All F-1 international graduate students are required to attend one weekend residency per term.  The schedule of residencies will be published in advance of each term.  Students must arrange their own transportation, housing, and meals to attend the residency.  Suggested hotels and restaurants can be found on the Visit Us page.  Failure to attend a required residency will result in a failing grade for the course and possible deportation for violation of the F-1 student visa.


Curricular Practical raining (CPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships or cooperative (co-op) education. The hybrid program has a required CPT component.  Each student enrolled in the hybrid programs must secure an approved internship or employment and be continuously enrolled in the CPT course each term.  The fee for this course is equal to one credit hour of tuition for each respective program.

International graduate students must request CPT in their first semester of enrollment since it is an integral part of the program.  If a student is unable to secure off-campus work or an internship, they are not eligible for the hybrid program format.  Students can enroll in the same programs in the residential 100% face to face program.