School Administration (M.S.A.)

The Master of School Administration program emphasizes leadership and problem-solving ability through the educator’s exposure to real-world experiences. An Electronic Evidence portfolio creates opportunities to do the work of school administrators and establishes a “tool kit” of ideas and materials which will lead to successful leadership in schools.   Among other evidences of leadership, these Evidences must demonstrate positive impact on student achievement and development,  on the work environment, on school culture and community engagement, and on effective management of resources.

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The goals of the program are to create life-long learners who value professional growth in each of the North Carolina Standards for School Executives: Principals; to extend the candidate’s exposure to literature and research; to broaden the candidate’s background in finance, curriculum, law and school safety; and to provide collaborative models of data-driven decision making.

By studying national and state standards, M.S.A. students will demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge, dispositions and performance necessary to become effective school administrators.


M.S.A. candidates will develop competency in each of these as well as the twenty-one required competencies for School Executives:

  • Problem-solving,
  • Leadership,
  • Collaborative decision-making,
  • Management and supervision,
  • School law,
  • School finance,
  • Educational technology,
  • Special education,
  • Student growth and development,
  • Curriculum,
  • Research,
  • School safety.

M.S.A. candidates will learn to value:

  • Diversity;
  • Collaborative leadership;
  • Professional ethics;
  • Individual differences;
  • Reflective practice.

Plan of Work

Candidates for M.S.A. or licensure as a school executive participate in hands-on, practical administrative experiences throughout their program based upon best practices, research and required competencies. Candidates complete a maximum of thirty-four semester hours of required coursework. There are nine three-credit-hour courses and seven one-credit-hour modules of internship experiences. A prior Master’s degree may allow transfer credits to apply.

Other requirements include an electronic portfolio of seven evidences and cover sheets, six of which mirror the North Carolina Standards and one, Ethics, for Campbell University only. Candidates attend eight Saturday seminars, pass a comprehensive examination and evaluate the M.S.A. program of study.


Admissions Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Master of School Administration Program must:

  • Have a clear teaching license
  • Have four or more years of experience as a teacher or related field
  • Complete the application process
  • Provide three references, one of which should be from the candidate’s principal or supervisor
  • Meet undergraduate Grade Point Average expectations
  • Complete a written survey
  • Interview with the Coordinator of the Master of School Administration program.


For Admissions: Sterling Tharrington,

For Program Information: Dr. Peggy Smith,, 910-893-1648.