How to Apply & Deadlines

Graduate Admissions - Supplemental Instructions
School Administration, M.S.A.

Letters of Recommendation

Three written recommendations are required. These references should be from current or recent past supervisors that document administrative or similar leadership experience, preferably in a school setting, and potential success as a school leader. Specific, observable illustrations are regarded more favorably than references that are more generic in nature.

Statement of Purpose

A statement of purpose is also required (1-2 pages in length.) The statement must address:

  1. 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
  2. an explanation as to how current or past work materially relates to the various standards to which administrator preparation programs are held in North Carolina.

Statements of purpose that speak directly and convincingly to these items will be regarded more favorably than those that do not.

Application Review

The M.S.A. program admits students on a rolling basis. All complete applications are reviewed by the Educational Leadership faculty periodically.

Note: UNC works closely with the Principal Fellows Program. No candidate is ever faced with making an enrollment decision without notifications from each program in hand.

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. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs (919) 966-1346.