Application Window

Deadline for MSA-Flex (summer 2023 start): April 11, 2023.

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.

You are responsible for monitoring your application status and ensuring that your application — including the application fee, letters of recommendation, and uploaded unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended — is complete by the application deadline.

A transcript is considered unofficial when you:

  • Print and upload a transcript from an online platform like blackboard or module
  • Request a transcript from a school to be sent to you and you break the seal

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
  • 3-4 years of teaching experience in a school setting
  • Uploaded unofficial 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), which must address:
    • the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework and the Educational Leadership Department’s commitment to the pursuit of social justice and equity in public education; and
    • an explanation as to how your current or past work materially relates to the various standards to which administrator preparation programs are held in North Carolina.
  • An NC Advanced or Continuing 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.

Admissions Review Process

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.

If you are offered admission

If you are offered admission into the MSA program, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all attended colleges and Universities to the School of Education. You can have them sent electronically to or mailed to:

School of Education
attn: Student Affairs
Peabody Hall
Campus Box 3500
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

All Official transcripts must come directly to the School of Education from the University or College unopened.