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Master of School Administration Online

Elevate your positive impact on future generations as a school principal or assistant principal.

10/4/21 Apply by
10/18/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$9,934* In-State Total Tuition
As few as 14-20 months Program Duration
36 Credit Hours

Develop your practical knowledge as an influential educational leader and prepare for success in principalship by earning your Master of School Administration online from UNC Pembroke. Designed for experienced teachers and administrators, this online graduate education program enhances your abilities to strategically realize the vision, mission and goals to meet the 21st-century needs of every classroom.

Led by experienced faculty, our 100 percent online Master of School Administration coursework is aligned with the North Carolina Standards for School Executives. Engaging and interactive hands-on learning effectively builds on your educational foundation to help you enrich your professional learning community as an influential school executive. Plus, the UNCP School of Education has partnered with 14 school districts.

This online master’s degree in school administration fulfills the requirement for school administration licensure in North Carolina.

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The Educator Preparations Programs at UNCP are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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Tuition

Tuition for our affordable online Master of School Administration is priced with the working student in mind—plus, you can pay by the course. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$270.83 Per Credit Hour (In-State)
$9,934 Program Tuition (In-State)*

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Program Graduate Tuition Per Credit Hour Graduate Tuition Per 3-Hour Course Flat Fee Program Cost Including Tuition & Fees*
Master of School Admin (in-state resident) $270.83 $812.49 $36.75 $9,933.63
Master of School Admin (out-of-state) $968.27 $2904.81 $36.75 $35,041.47

*Tuition rate (in-state: $270.83/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee; out-of-state: $968.27/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee) is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester which is two 7-week terms. Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of nine (9) credit hours for graduate students. Please consult with the bursar’s office for more information.

Additional Fees

One Time Fees

Application Fee - $55 domestic/$60 international
Orientation Fee - $20
Graduation Fee - $90 (note, students will be charged an additional $25 if fee is not paid on time)

Students will be charged a $25 readmission fee after one year of non-attendance.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of School Administration online students, the School of Education offers multiple start dates each year. View the full calendar for upcoming deadlines, including when to turn in all required documents, register for classes and pay tuition for your desired program start date.

10/4/21 Next Application Deadline
10/18/21 Start Classes

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Course Start Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
10/18/2021 12/3/2021 10/4/2021 10/11/2021 10/13/2021 10/14/2021
1/10/22 2/25/22 12/27/22 1/3/22 1/5/22 1/6/22
3/14/22 4/29/22 2/28/22 3/7/22 3/9/22 3/10/22
5/9/22 6/24/22 4/25/22 5/2/22 5/4/22 5/5/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke?

Admissions

The School of Education admission process is the first step toward earning your Master of School Administration online. Find out the requirements for the program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
3.0 cumulative GPA on undergraduate coursework
3 years teaching experience prior to beginning first course

View full admission requirements

To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed online application
  • Pay a $55 non-refundable application fee ($60 for international applicants and waived for military members)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Valid teaching license
  • Three years of teaching experience
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations to include:
    • The current principal
    • A colleague familiar with the applicant’s leadership skills
    • An individual knowledgeable of the applicant’s potential to engage in graduate-level coursework, and/or to assume a school leadership position (e.g., current or former professor or a district-level administrator)
  • Statement of purpose answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to become a school administrator (principal)?
    • In a school leadership role, what communication approaches would be most effective?
    • How would you delegate responsibilities to others?
    • How would this administrative position be most rewarding to you?
    • What do you consider to be your major strengths as an administrator?
  • No GRE or GMAT required

Courses

To earn the Master of School Administration online, students must complete 11 core courses, including an embedded internship, and one elective course for a total of 36 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis is on understanding research designs and methods in education including an introduction to elementary statistics, interpreting and critiquing professional research literature, using research findings to validate and modify decisions about teaching and learning, and conducting action research in the classroom, school, and community. Graduate candidates will begin and may finish the research project in this course. Field experience required. COREQUISITE: EDN 5460.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will combine the latest research in partnership building with practical approaches for identifying and structuring community support. Throughout the semester, the candidate will spend considerable time developing strategies for improved community support of schools. Course projects and assignments will be field-based, collaborative and reflect best practices in constructivist teaching and learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with opportunities to critically analyze current educational issues from a variety of perspectives and disciplines including education, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, law and political science.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines educational leadership through an analysis of the relationship of personal values and the core values of society to education. There is emphasis on the understanding of, and sensitivity to, the societal dimension of educational decision-making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The candidate will develop effective management strategies for school operations, understand management complexities that impact decisions related to the use of instructional time, evaluating instruction, fiscal responsibility, and resource management, internal and external communication, and public school law mandates.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, candidates focus on developing an understanding of the essential elements of developmental supervision, quality instruction and effective learning. Particular attention is focused on knowledge and application of effective leadership models and styles for implementing quality instruction. Candidates develop supervisory skills they can use to strengthen the instructional program in schools by facilitating and supporting the professional development of teachers in order to improve student learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce prospective school executives to the role of curriculum leadership and best practices in managing a standards-based curriculum, including local and state assessments. The candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the North Carolina School Executive Standards by creating critical evidences that align activities with specific leadership standards. Strategies for improving curricular delivery and student assessment will be explored throughout the course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Constitutional, statutory and case law bases of educational administration; a study of legal provisions and principles relating to education at all levels. Includes research and analysis of laws dealing with pertinent educational topics.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the candidate to the school improvement process with attention to implementing change in the operations, policies and governance of the school. The candidates will apply their understanding of key concepts that pertain to stakeholder involvement, teacher empowerment, and strategic planning for increased student achievement.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

These two courses are composed of a two-semester internship in a public school setting in order to give the candidates the opportunity to apply, practice and refine the knowledge and skills acquired from coursework. During this experience, the candidates will play an active role in identifying and solving a school-related problem and will also engage in the assigned duties of administering the school. The candidate will be required to develop an educational leadership internship portfolio in accordance with the specifications provided. The candidate’s internship participation will be supervised jointly by school-based administrators and university personnel and will include a reflective evaluation and an oral comprehensive exam. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 hours of graduate work and permission of program director.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

These two courses are composed of a two-semester internship in a public school setting in order to give the candidates the opportunity to apply, practice and refine the knowledge and skills acquired from coursework. During this experience, the candidates will play an active role in identifying and solving a school-related problem and will also engage in the assigned duties of administering the school. The candidate will be required to develop an educational leadership internship portfolio in accordance with the specifications provided. The candidate’s internship participation will be supervised jointly by school-based administrators and university personnel and will include a reflective evaluation and an oral comprehensive exam. Prerequisite: Completion of 15 hours of graduate work and permission of program director.

Students must complete one 3-hour guided elective. Electives are recommended by an advisor in consultation with the student and approved by the Master of School Administration program director.

*Tuition rate (in-state: $270.83/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee; out-of-state: $968.27/credit hour plus $36.75 flat fee) is based on a cadence of 6-9 credit hours per semester. Students planning to take more than 9 credit hours per semester should consult with their advisor for more information about the graduate tuition policy.

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