Deadlines

Deadline for MSA On-Campus (Full or Part-time): April 13, 2021

Deadline for MSA-Hybrid (summer start): April 13, 2021

Application Process

The application process for the MSA program is administered through the School of Education (not the Graduate School) via an online admission application through which all application materials are submitted.

Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application — including the application fee, letters of recommendation, transcripts — is complete by the application deadline.

Your application will be reviewed after the complete application is submitted and the application fee is received. By applying to UNC-Chapel Hill, consent is granted to university staff to obtain any additional or missing information as needed, including campus safety information.

Each offer of admission is specific for the term stated in the admission letter. If you do not register for classes, you must apply again in a subsequent semester. Contact the admissions office for questions about deferrals of admission offers.

Required materials for MSA applicants:

  • School of Education online application
  • Application fee (non-refundable $90)
  • Bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Two years of experience in a school setting
    see Special Provisions for Teach for America applicants below
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendations, one of which must be from your immediate supervisor (principal or director)
  • Statement of purpose (1-2 pages)
  • A state license/certificate (out of state candidates must obtain a NC license/certificate)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS (International students only, must be valid within last 2 years)

MSA applicants must also participate in an interview as part of the application process.

Special Provisions for Teach for America applicants

Required teaching

North Carolina requires three years of teaching in order to secure a professional teaching license, and also requires that candidates for K-12 Principal licensure hold a professional teaching license. TFA corps members are waived from the candidate requirement and are eligible to apply to the MSA program in their second year of teaching.

Fee waiver

Teach for America corps members who apply to the School Administration program during their two year commitment qualify for an application fee waiver to the UNC Chapel Hill School Administration program.

Application options for TFA applicants

Full-time students

If you wish to enroll in the full-time program, request a deferral when applying and complete an additional third year of teaching. The deferral reserves your spot in the MSA program for one year while you teach for a third year.

Part-time students

Begin your MSA studies in the fall immediately concluding your second year of teaching. You will continue to teach while enrolled in the program part-time, so you will earn your third year of teaching service at the same time as you are studying for your MSA degree, and will be recommended for Principal licensure upon successful completion of the program.

Hybrid students

Begin your MSA studies in the summer following your second year of teaching. You will continue to teach while enrolled in the program, so you will earn your third year of teaching service at the same time as you are studying for your MSA degree, and will be recommended for Principal licensure upon successful completion of the program.