Master of School Administration (433A)

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.


Master of School Administration prerequisites are (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, (2) a North Carolina "A"  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.

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
    • COVID-19 Update Effective 4/16/2020: Individuals applying to programs with a July 1 deadline who are experiencing difficulty taking a required standardized exam due to Covid-19 closures of testing centers or other factors that prevent them from taking the GRE online should contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Marie Hoepfl, to request a waiver.  
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Writing Sample
  • References - Three references including one from an administrator 

Fall Application Deadline: July 1.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; NC "A" or "M" licensure; GRE or MAT scores, writing sample. 

Contact: Dr Precious Mudiwa, Program Director.

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More information about the program can be found in the current ASU Graduate Bulletin.