We offer two program structures in which you can pursue an M.S.A. degree: M.S.A. and M.S.A.-Flex. Both structures will lead to the same degree and operate under the same philosophy, but are designed in different ways in order to accommodate students with differing degrees of flexibility in their schedules.
The M.S.A. program is an on-campus program of study with classes that occur during normal university semester schedules and during normal university hours (M-F, 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.).
There are two M.S.A study formats that a student studying on campus may follow: full-time or part-time. Both formats integrate coursework and significant field-based activities in initial courses and require a full year leadership/school executive internship.
Students complete their academic course work during the first academic year, then spend their second year working a full-time paid internship and participating in a year-long internship seminar with their cohort. All full-time students begin their studies in the fall semester.
Students complete their academic course work at their own pace. They may take 1-5 courses per semester and in any sequence until their study is complete. Part-time students have five years/10 semesters to complete their degree requirements (including the internship) and engage in a part-time field internship and associated seminar. Students may begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester.
The M.S.A.-Hybrid program is designed for students who may work full-time, are unable to commute to Chapel Hill, or are otherwise unable to dedicate daytime hours and semester-length time to classes. Students take the same courses towards the same degree, but classes are online and there are only 3 face-to-face meetings per semester. Students will be required to attend a summer orientation in July 2020 and a pre-internship seminar in July 2021. Cohort groups begin the program in July.