Master of School Administration (433A)

*Submit applications for current online cohort here. Students are required to write an essay focused on the MSA Applicant Questionnaire (PDF, 87 KB). More information about the program can be found in the current ASU Graduate Bulletin.

The Master of School Administration Degree

The Master of School administration Degree leads to North Carolina principal licensure (012) for those who wish to work at the building/school level as a principal, assistant principal or in other director positions. The degree is a 36 semester hour program offered in a cohort model over a period of six semesters, two courses per semester. The program is offered online, on campus, or at various locations where there is need for a program.


Master of School Administration prerequisites are (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, (2) a North Carolina "A" or "M" license, or its equivalent, from another state, (3) three years successful professional experience in K-12 school setting, (4) GRE or MAT scores, and (5) approval of the Program Admissions Committee and the chairperson of the department.

Basic Criteria for Consideration

Consideration for admission to the MSA program is based upon four elements: scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); undergraduate GPA; assessment of a writing sample (Click here for MSA Applicant Questionnaire [PDF, 87 KB]); and assessment of three qualified references.

Other Criteria include: letter from principal or school system superintendent supporting candidate's internship and an interview upon request.

Admission Criteria

  • Standardized Tests - GRE 350 V/350 Q (prior to June 2010)--New GRE scoring 143 V/138 Q OR MAT Score at the 35th percentile
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Writing Sample
  • References - Three references including one from an administrator

If you are interested in being on an e-mail list for recruitment and informational meetings, please e-mail Lindsay Parker in the Extension office. Classes are scheduled to accommodate cohort groups of approximately 15 students.

Information about MSA courses is available on the MSA checksheet, MSA Program of Study (DOC, 101 KB), and MSA Licensure Program of Study (DOCX, 340 KB).