Master of Arts in School Administration

The Master of Arts in School Administration (MSA) degree program will further develop your educational leadership skills through courses, research, seminars, and internships conducted in an environment based on Christian principles and values.

Designed to meet a variety of goals for prospective school administrators, the Master of Arts in School Administration (MSA) studies provides a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration, curriculum development, and instructional improvement. You will develop an ability to implement and evaluate models of instruction and methods of supervision in the classroom and other school settings. In addition, the program fosters the development of one’s ability to effectively evaluate classroom teachers and improves capacities to appropriately interpret and implement educational research.

Gardner-Webb University’s College of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.

Program Name: Master of Arts in School Administration (MSA)

Program Length

The program is designed to be completed in 20 months or five consecutive semesters including summers. Applicants with an earned master’s degree in an education-related field may earn up to 12 transfer credit hours and complete the program in 12 months or three consecutive semesters.

Licensure Requirements

Program meets licensure requirements in the following States: NC

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What You’ll Learn

Fully Online

You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. Blackboard is the portal used to deliver course material to students and serves as the platform for organizing class activities electronically. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. The electronic portfolio, a requirement for your degree and for a North Carolina license, will be created and stored online in a product called TaskStream.

Available Programs

Master of Arts in School Administration (MSA)

Students in the Master of Arts in School Administration program must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.50 grade point average for all coursework beyond high school. A minimum of three years of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction-recognized teaching experience is required by the time the student completes the program.

Integrated curriculum will be offered within the five-semester, 36-hour School Administration degree program. Each semester students will take one module, consisting of six integrated semester hours with a two-credit-hour internship during the first, third, and fifth semesters.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Arts in School Administration and will be subject to state licensure requirements in order to receive North Carolina state licensure as a School Administrator. Students who have already earned a master’s degree have the option to take a subset of the coursework outlined below to earn add-on licensure as a School Administrator. Graduates emerge with a foundation in the principles and procedures of educational administration.

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