Program Overview 

UNC Charlotte offers a Master of School Administration at various sites. The mission of UNC Charlotte’s School Administration program is to prepare innovative, collaborative, effective, and reflective leaders who are prepared to develop school environments that ensure equitable and quality learning opportunities for a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse population and that focus on improving the learning for all students in the 21st century. Program graduates qualify for a PreK-12, Level 1 School Administrator’s License (Principal).

Off-campus cohort instructional sites:

  • Cabarrus County: Kannapolis City Schools, A.L. Brown High School, Kannapolis, NC
  • Cabarrus County: Jay M Robinson High School, Concord, NC (Pending SACSCOC approval)
  • Gaston County: Gaston College, Dallas, NC
  • Iredell County: Unity Center, Statesville, NC
  • Mecklenburg County: Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, NC
  • Rowan County: Jesse C. Carson High School, China Grove, NC
  • Union County: Porter Ridge High School, Indian Trail, NC

The M.S.A. program requires a total of 39 credit hours in a combination of courses in educational leadership, research, technology, curriculum, and instruction. All students must complete the required academic year-long 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 basic principles, research findings, and theories covered in their coursework and apply these to educational practice and leadership situations.