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Master of School Administration

Program Details

The online Master of School Administration degree is designed for individuals interested in becoming public school principals. Students learn about the administration and governance responsibilities required of entry-level public school administrators and are prepared to seek principalship employment opportunities in all grade levels. 


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, have at least three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in private sector; etc.), and hold a North Carolina "A" or "M" licensure or the equivalent from another state. 

  • Completed online application to graduate school 
  • Resume 
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian) 
  • Three references 
  • Application fee
  • Writing sample
  • GRE or MAT scores no older than five years

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.