Principal Licensure

The Master of School Administration (MSA) Program and Post Master’s Certificate (PMC-PSL) (Add-on) require candidates to explore and collect data on the diversity of their communities and stresses the importance of diversity issues in school community relations. Candidates explore the needs of diverse learners and the implications of those needs for instructional leadership.

Both the MSA and PMC-PSL programs have a two-stage admission process. The first stage requires meeting minimum criteria for acceptance into the program and the Graduate School. The second stage requires demonstration of competencies on the program standards and is required continuation in the program.

While Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university; courses take place over the Internet in both synchronous and asynchronous online environments.

Face-to-Face Meetings
New cohorts are admitted each Fall and Spring semester. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Candidates should plan on meeting regionally once per semester while enrolled in internship. Our goal is to build regions in which no individual must travel over 1 ½ hours, although there may be exceptions. Candidates further away than 1 ½ hours may be placed into a virtual region, if faculty resources allow.

Financial Aid
Financial aid is only available to MSA degree candidates. PMC-PSL participants are NOT eligible for financial aid.


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 The Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership

Meet past recipients of the Don Chalker Award.

MSA and PMC/AddOn Handbook

Sample of a student's final presentation.

Alternative Spring Break in Jamaica
My experience in Jamaica broadened my vision of education. The visits to public and private schools, an orphanage and a girls' home gave me the opportunity to witness the extreme inequity children have to become educated and the impact it has on society. As a school leader, the experience has given me an urgency to ensure an equitable learning environment for all students in my school and to advocate for all students to become educated.

Dannie Sue Foster

To learn more about the M.S.A. Program, please leave a message at 828-227-7310 or send an email to


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