Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin

School Administration, MSA


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Program Code: MSA_433A
CIP Code: 13.0409

Program of Study for the Master of School Administration


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE or MAT exam scores (not to exceed 5 years), unless waived; minimum of three years of public school teaching experience or equivalent experience in other settings (e.g., private school teaching; training in the private sector; etc.); and proof of North Carolina “A” or “M” licensure or the equivalent from another state.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School .

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE or MAT) requirement may be waived for applicants with:

  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.1 or higher OR
  • who have five or more years of professional experience in K-12 education.

Location: Online

Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information


Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program, but requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned bachelor’s degree or 3.3 or higher in an earned graduate degree. No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the program and by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application.  More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin .

Course Requirements for the Master of School Administration


Total Required (Minimum 36 Hours)


Required Courses (33 Hours)


Application and Practice (9 Hours)

Select one of the following in consultation with advisor:

Other Requirements for the MSA


  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Portfolio required; see the program director for specific instructions
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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