Master of School Administration (MSA)


The program is currently accepting applications for new students.

Program Description

The Master of School Administration Program consists of 39 credit-hours of courses which include 12 credit-hours of a year-long internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor.  Additionally, program completers seeking a North Carolina principal level I license must successfully prepare an electronic portfolio housing appropriate artifacts and evidences demonstrating their proficiency in all seven standards for school executives. As of 2010, candidates seeking a North Carolina Principal's license will no longer take the SLLA (School Leaders Licensure Assessment) from ETS. The assessment to determine licensure has been replaced with the E-Portfolio.This 39 credit-hour package of courses and internship effectively implements the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Standards for School Executives while also satisfying all other applicable directives/requirements.  

The mission of the Master of School Administration program is to prepare innovative, collaborative, effective, and reflective leaders who are prepared to develop school environments that ensure equitable and quality learning opportunities for a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse population and focus on improving the learning for ALL students. Program graduates qualify for a PreK-12, Level 1 School Administrator’s license (NC 012-Principal).

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

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The M.S.A. program requires a total of 39 credit-hours in a combination of courses in educational leadership, research, technology, curriculum, and instruction.  All students must complete a ten-month long internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor.  The internship challenges students to demonstrate a thorough and well-integrated understanding of the basic principles, research findings, and theories covered in their course work and apply these to educational practice.



Students may choose either a full-time or part-time program of study. The program is offered on campus and at established distance education sites.

Please use the links at the left to find out more about our program.


To Contact the Program Director:

Department of Educational Leadership

Dr. Debra S. Morris
Assistant Professor & Program Director of the M.S.A. Program 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
COED 233
Charlotte, NC 28223

980-248-0392
704-687-1629 (fax)
dsmorris@uncc.edu