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Master of School Administration


Enrollment in this program is limited to personnel working in selected North Carolina counties.

The Master of School Administration program is offered to North Carolina educators who aspire to be school administrators, especially school principals. It is designed to improve the quality of K-12 schools by preparing leaders who are dedicated to educational excellence and equity. Graduates are expected to use leadership strategies that will improve student performance in environments that are dynamic, interactive and culturally diverse. Students will complete eight courses plus a year-long full-time building- level internship. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Gregory E. Hicks,
Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-513-2250
Delivery Method: Face-to-face
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

The Master of School Administration (MSA) leads to principalship licensure. Applicants should be aware that licensure is controlled by the state. It is the student's responsibility to understand and comply with the state's requirements.

(What will I learn?)

  • ELP 550 Principles of Educational Administration (3 credit hours)
  • ELP 532 Introduction to Educational Inquiry, or any basic comprehensive course in social science research (3)
  • ELP 580 Program Planning, Management and Evaluation (3)
  • ELP 518 School Law (3)
  • ELP 589 Personnel Appraisal in Education (3)
  • ELP 520 School Based Budgeting (3)
  • ELP 515 Social Diversity, or a similar course in diversity (3)
  • ELP 534 Ethics in Educational Decision Making (3)
  • ELP 651 Internship in Educational Leadership and Program Evaluation. This is a year-long (10 months) internship with required seminars (9 credit hours each semester)
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 42

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

  • Three years of successful teaching experience
  • Current employment in a K-12 environment
  • Undergraduate degree
  • GRE or MAT scores
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose and career goals
  • Resume
  • Autobiographical Statement
  • For non-native English speakers, Test of English as a Second Language

Deadline for Fall 2017 cohort: January 22, 2017.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The MSA Program operates in a closed cohort setting that lasts for two years. Students complete a total of eight 3-credit courses (24 credit hours) plus a year-long, full-time building-level internship (18 credit hours). Cohorts begin in the Fall Semester each year.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student (NDS).

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $17,113.74
Non-resident: $37,483.74

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