School Administration, M.S.A. Flex

Program Description


The Master of School Administration (M.S.A.) Flex (Off-Campus) Program was conceived as a way to provide an option for educational practitioners who were interested in pursuing careers in school administration but, for one reason or another, found it difficult to participate in the on-campus preparation program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as full time students.

The program is a cohort-based, distance learning version of the On-Campus M.S.A. As such, it operates under the same philosophy as the other elements of the School of Education’s Master of School Administration Program.

Since the M.S.A. Flex (Off-Campus) Program is designed to accommodate working professionals who aspire to serve as school building administrators, courses are conducted at sites away from campus, usually occur within concentrated time blocks of five to six weeks utilizing Wednesday afternoons and some Saturdays, and incorporate a variety of face to face meetings and online activities. Cohort groups begin the program in January and then take three courses a semester for a period of two and one-half years.


The home base for the next cohort that begins in January 2018 will be hosted by Orange County Schools, exact location to be determined. However, participants can come from any North Carolina school or district.

Prospective applicants must hold a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university and provide official transcripts of all undergraduate study. An undergraduate GPA of 3.2 is desirable.

Most M.S.A. candidates do not have administrative experience, nor have they completed prior graduate study in educational administration. Admission is competitive. Successful applicants typically are currently employed, have a minimum of two years of school-based professional experience and possess a state license/certification.

Students are selected on the basis of their academic preparation, professional experience and intellectual and leadership potential. An interview may be required.