The Program Course of Study for the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree is designed to prepare school leaders academically and professionally to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse and global society. Coursework emphasizes core functions of high achieving schools and the importance of deconstructing assumptions that are socio-culturally, ethically, economically and politically adverse to students. MSA candidates are able to reconstruct those assumptions into positive educational experiences and outcomes for students.

The MSA Program offers a variety of tracks to accommodate the diverse needs of all candidates:

  • PRINCIPAL FELLOWS (Full-time-24 months)
  • TRADITIONAL MSA / 1ST MASTER’S DEGREE (Full- or Part-time, 24-36 months)
  • MSA 2ND DEGREE (Full- or Part-time, 18-24 months)
  • Full-time MSA degree students are eligible for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Stipend during the second year of the program.
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The program provides the contextual experiences needed to bridge the gap between research, theory development, and practice. The MSA Program is aligned with the School of Education’s Strategic Plan, the mission of North Carolina Central University (NCCU), UNC’s Our Time Our Future Strategic Directions, North Carolina Standards for School Executives, the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The NCCU MSA program offers a variety of different tracks to accommodate the diverse needs of all candidates – MSA First Degree; MSA Second Degree; and MSA Principal Fellows

  • Elementary, Middle, and High School Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators, Directors, and Coordinators
  • Educational Consulting

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

*Please note: Tuition & Fees are subject to change*



  • 2.75 GPA overall at the undergraduate level (3.0 GPA required in the undergraduate major)
  • 3.0 GPA at the graduate level (ONLY 2nd degree seeking candidates)
  • Three years of successful public school teaching experience and a Class A teaching license
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess professional performance and comment on potential leadership abilities. One letter of recommendation should be from the current principal or supervisor.
  • Field-Based Internship

Application Deadline: 

  • Fall – July 1st
  • Spring – November 1st
  • Summer – April 1st

Admissions Specialist: Mrs. Vonda Belle

Telephone #: (919) 530-6478


Dr. Portia Gibbs-Roseboro

Phone: (919) 530-5179


Office: H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education, Room 2132

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