Master On Campus

School Administration

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

12 months
11846 USD/year
11846 USD/year
2890 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As a school administrator, you can make a positive impact on the entire school and do even more to improve the lives of children every day.  If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, the School Administration program at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte can help you reach your goal.


The School Administration program at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte prepares educators who aspire to become school leaders. The 36-hour MSA degree consists of courses in educational leadership, research, technology, curriculum, law and instruction followed by a ten-month full-time internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor.

The mission of the program is to prepare innovative, collaborative, effective, and reflective leaders who can develop school environments that ensure equitable and quality learning opportunities for a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse population. Graduates qualify for a PreK-12, Level 1 School Administrator’s license (NC 012-Principal).

Why choose the UNC Charlotte Master of School Administration?

  • All of our professors have been school leaders as principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents or superintendents.  They bring real-world experience and cutting edge research into the classroom to help our students become qualified and prepared school administrators.
  • Our program infuses the practical application of coursework into your educational experience. During a five-week summer intensive experience, our students apply what they learn by assuming the role of a school administrator in a simulation course. Candidates handle situations that typically face school leaders such as managing conflict, resolving staff issues, dealing with angry parents, and making budget decisions.
  • All students complete at least 400 or more hours in an internship placement over two semesters. Candidates are challenged to demonstrate a thorough and well-integrated understanding of the principles, research findings, and theories addressed in their coursework and to apply these to educational practice and leadership situations.
  • During the program, each student is mentored by a strong leading principal to make sure they have a variety of leadership experiences, whether that is strategic, instructional, managerial, political or human resource leadership.
  • For the convenience of our students, classes are offered on and off campus,  and you may choose either a full-time or part-time program of study.

Career Options

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As school-age populations increase and school administrators retire, the demand for qualified and experienced school leaders will continue to be in high demand. MSA graduates may pursue careers in such areas as:
  • Principal or assistant principal in public, private and charter schools
  • Superintendent or assistant superintendent
  • District director
  • District coach
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Preschool and child care administrator
  • Administrator at colleges and universities
  • Academic facilitator
  • Dean of students in public or private schools
  • School department head
  • Central office administrator
  • Consultant to school systems or individual schools
  • Community education director
  • Proficiency specialist

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Leadership 
  • Legal Aspects of Schooling 
  • School Leadership and Management 
  • Instructional Leadership 
  • Supervision of Instruction
  • The Principalship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Application deadline is January 1 for applicants applying to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a minimum of three years of successful teaching or other professional education experience
  • Hold a Class A North Carolina educator license or equivalent
  • Submit a 1-2 page personal statement that addresses professional experiences, future goals, and an understanding that school administrators must possess a comprehensive conceptual, pedagogical, and reflective knowledge base
  • Submit a complete résumé showing evidence of leadership
  • Submit a copy of the educator license
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from school administrators (must include principal) who can attest to your potential success as a school principal
  • Submit GRE or GMAT test scores (optional)

Work experience

  • Have a minimum of three years of successful teaching or other professional education experience

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5923 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    11846 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5923 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    2890 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1445 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Charlotte

1133 - 2060 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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