Admissions Information

The Master of School Administration (MSA) Degree Program prepares students to become School Executives, primarily school principals and central office leaders. The 42 hour program includes 30 hours of coursework and 12 hours of field-based study which includes a supervised internship. A maximum of 6 hours of masters level work may be transferred into the MSA program of study, with approval by the assigned MSA advisor. The program provides the options of part time and full time study.

The requirements for admission to the program include:

  • completed application to the MSA program
  • three (3) years of recent teaching experience or professional education experience
  • GRE or MAT scores (test results cannot be more than five years old)
  • current resume
  • writing sample (see topic options below)
  • transcripts of previous college/university work
  • 3 current letters of recommendation; one must be from a school principal
  • interview with 1 or 2 faculty members (as requested by faculty)

MSA Degree Program Application Deadlines:

For Fall admission:  July 1

For Spring admission:   November 1

For Summer admission: April 1

Please see the NC A&T Graduate School website at http://www.ncat.edu/academics/schools-colleges1/grad/graduate-catalog/2012-2013/curriculum/schooladmin.html for tuition, fees, and other information. You may also call the Program Coordinator at 336-285-2148 to ask questions specific to our program. 

The School Administration Endorsement Licensure program is designed to prepare educators, already holding the Master’s Degree in Education, to become School Executives (principals). Students in the licensure program take (21) twenty-one course hours which include (9) nine hours of Internship, allowing them to work closely with experienced principals in local school districts.

Applicants to the  School Administration Endorsement Licensure program must have an earned Master’s Degree in the field of Education from an accredited university, three years of teaching or professional educator experience, submit an application to the program, current resume, meet GPA requirements, and submit a writing sample to be considered for admission. Graduates of the program do not receive a diploma; rather they receive a licensure certificate from the State of NC.

The requirements for admission to the program include:

  • earned Masters Degree in Education from an accredited university
  • three (3) years of recent teaching experience or professional Education experience
  • completed application to the MSA program
  • current resume
  • 2.8 GPA
  • writing sample (see topic options below)
  • transcripts of previous college/university work
  • 3 current letters of recommendation; one must be from a school principal
  • interview with 1 or 2 MSA faculty members (as requested by faculty)

Students in the MSA Licensure program take 21 hours. The plan of study for each student depends on coursework already taken toward the applicant’s current Masters degree and the professional experiences that applicant has had. Students typically take four (4) advisor approved courses from the MSA degree program courses, before internship. In addition, these students take Practicum I which includes the internship component and Seminar I. In some cases, a student may be advised to take an additional course or two, depending on voids seen in his or her previous masters program, such as having had no courses in Diversity or Technology. Any recommendations for changes to the plan of study beyond the required 21 hours must be approved by the Program Coordinator.

Licensure students may NOT register for courses without first creating an individualized Plan of Study with the MSA Coordinator. The MSA Coordinator will continue to advise (or assign a faculty advisor to) the admitted student. The student will take a total of 21 credit hours to complete the licensure program.

Gainful Employment Information
Program Level - Graduate certificate
Program Length - 12 months

How much will this program cost me?*
Tuition and fees: $6,717
Books and supplies: $1,000
On-campus room & board: $8,200

What other costs are there for this program?
For further program cost information click here.

* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 12 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2014-2015, *% finished in 12 months.

* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2014-15. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Writing Prompts for Applicants to the MSA Degree Program and applicants to the School Administration Licensure - only program

Applicant should choose two prompts from those listed below. Each response should be approximately 3 typed, double-spaced pages, using APA formatting as noted at: http://www.apastyle.org.

  1. What three critical thinking skills do you believe principals must practice well and why do you think this? What research would concur?
  2. What compelling argument would you make for the creation of gender specific schools? What research would support your argument?
  3. Why are some principals highly successful and others not? What research would support your belief?
  4. In your opinion, how much and what kind of decision-making power should the state legislature have with regard to schooling? What research would endorse your argument?
  5. Are good teachers made or born? Do you think some people just naturally are excellent teachers and why do you think this? What does research say about the makings of an excellent teacher?