Welcome to School Administration

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Online Program

Application Deadline: July 1, 2018.

Admission Requirements: Masters degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; GRE or MAT scores, writing sample. 

Contact: Dr. Barbara Howard, Program Director.

 Click here for more information about this Distance Education program.


Welcome to the School Administration program homepage. Our program offers the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree, the Graduate Certificate School (Building-level) Leadership (GCSL), and the Education Specialist in Educational Administration (EdS) degree leading to superintendent license. The MSA and the GCSL programs lead to the North Carolina principal's license. The EdS degree requires a pre-requisite of the MSA degree or master degree level principal license with a master's degree and leads to the North Carolina superintendent license (011).

MSA, EdS, and GCSL  curriculums are offered as cohort programs off-campus in specific, approved locations. MSA and GCSL are also offered as cohort programs entirely online. Cohorts function as a group of students who begin the program, complete all coursework, and finish the program together. The EdS is also offered as an online rolling-enrollment program. See the Program Options tab.

Cohorts are set up depending on expressed interest and number of students who apply. Program cohorts can be arranged in response to specific requests from school districts or regional groups. For additional information about off-campus Educational or School Administration cohorts you may contact Distance Education at distance@appstate.edu.

Applications are handled electronically through the Appalachian State University Graduate School, and students can begin the application process by following the Admissions link. If you have further questions about any of the school administration programs, please email Dr. Barbara Howard, Program Director, at howardbb@appstate.edu or Ms. Lori Dean at deanlk@appstate.edu in the Leadership and Educational Studies department. To apply, go to the graduate school website.