School Administration, M.S.A.



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The Master of School Administration (M.S.A.) meets state standards for North Carolina Level I administrator licensure principal). The degree requires 42 semester hours. Students engage the content of leadership preparation through graduate classroom engagement and assignments, observing schools and school leaders in their practice, and performing tasks under the supervision of a school-based and university mentor during the internship. This program is only offered online.

Program Distinctions

  • Graduates can serve as principals and assistant principals in North Carolina.
  • Meets requirements of NC state legislation for School Administration licensure.
  • The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Student Experience

Our M.S.A. program is offered online. Students take eight (8) required academic courses (24 credits) and complete a yearlong internship in school administration (12 credits). Students will work with their advisers to choose two (2) electives (6 hours)— either in the Department or outside it—that match the student’s interests and provide both content and activities that are necessary to complete the student’s preparation. Advisers will encourage students to choose electives that create interdisciplinary and interprofessional connections in the student’s preparation.

After Graduation

Upon program completion, students will be eligible for positions such as:

Assistant Principal


Executive Director

Assistant Superintendent

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: School of Education

Program Type: Major

Class Type: In Person,Online

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