Program Overview 

UNC Charlotte offers a Master of School Administration in Cabarrus County, Gaston County, Lincoln County, Mecklenburg County and Rowan County. The mission of UNC Charlotte’s School Administration programs is to prepare innovative, collaborative, effective, and reflective leaders who will develop school environments that ensure high quality and equitable learning opportunities for diverse populations with the focus on improving the achievement of all students. Program graduates qualify for the North Carolina PreK-12, Level I School Administrator’s (Principal) License.

County Locations

  • Cabarrus County: A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, N.C
  • Gaston County: Holbrook Middle School, Lowell, NC
  • Lincoln County: Lincoln County School of Technology
  • Mecklenburg County: Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, NC
  • Rowan County: Jesse C. Carson High School, China Grove, NC

The 39 hour MSA degree program consists of courses in educational leadership, research, technology, curriculum, law and instruction followed by a ten-month full-time internship under the direction of a principal-mentor and a university supervisor. The internship challenges students to demonstrate a thorough and well-integrated understanding of the principles, research findings, and theories addressed in their coursework and to apply these to educational practice and leadership situations. The internship provides a multitude of opportunities for the intern to progressively develop administrative competence and experience. 

Learn more about the over-arching program.