Information for New Students

Financial Aid
Financial aid is only available to MSA degree candidates. PMC-PSL participants are NOT eligible for financial aid. Faculty may not discuss financial aid with students, so for more information on financial aid visit


Internship requirements are extensive, reflective of the program and North Carolina standards and the profession and are completed over 3 semesters. The internship is competency based, rather than hours based, to ensure a broad range of experiences. Candidates have a variety of experiences. Completion of all required competencies must be verified and initialed by the site supervisor/mentor.

Most candidates will fulfill their internship responsibilities within their own school under the supervision of a building principal and a university mentor.  Candidates who are not working in a school are expected to work with a principal mentor in a school.

Principal mentors are expected to be licensed school principals – not assistant principals. Exceptions to this are extremely rare. In addition to the principal mentors, each intern will work in a group with a university site supervisor. University site supervisors conduct regular seminars, oversee regular evaluations of intern progress, periodically review logs, journals, case studies and other internship products, assign grades, make site visits (as university resources allow) and provide guidance for the portfolio development.


Transfer of Credit
For the MSA, a maximum of 6 semester hours of transfer credit will be accepted from other institutions; transfer credit may only be applied to foundation courses (advanced psychology, curriculum, educational foundations, and research). Transfer credit must be applied for upon acceptance into the program:

  • Candidates are responsible for submitting the proper form ( to their advisor
  • The form must be submitted within 4 weeks of admission.
  • Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Courses will only be accepted if they fall within six years of the projected time of program completion.

For the PMC-PSL, the integrated nature of the program prevents us from accepting transfer credit.

National Board Certification
While we applaud National Board Certification and recognize the value of self-reflection that the process encourages, we also recognize that the focus of National Boards is teaching, not school leadership. As such we do not grant credit for National Board activities in our school leadership programs.


The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program
The North Carolina Principal Fellows Program is a scholarship loan program funded by the North Carolina General Assembly and based upon academic merit (financial need is not a consideration) to assist interested individuals to earn the master's degree in educational administration in preparation for a career in school administration. Students attend the program full-time for two years.

This program offers one year of full-time academic study, enrichment activities, and a one-year internship in a public school in North Carolina. The Principal Fellows Commission determines selection criteria for Principal Fellows and selects recipients to receive scholarship loans made under the program.

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