Master of School Administration
Appalachian State University

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 and assistant principalship employment opportunities in all grade levels.  Graduates understand the principal’s role in articulating, developing, and implementing a school vision that aligns with and supports district priorities, and have the skills needed to evaluate the systems and processes for continuous school improvement.


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

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Geographic Restrictions

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.