The Program Course of Study for the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree is designed to prepare visionary school leaders for the public schools of North Carolina and the nation. The 42 semester-hour MSA program at North Carolina Central University involves 30 hours in the major (10 courses), and 12 hours in a field-based, full-time internship and seminar. The MSA program combines course work, field experiences, and an internship experience as the principal means of providing MSA candidates with essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for exemplary school leadership, particularly in preparation for diverse cultural contexts and as advocates for social justice. The MSA program at NCCU is guided by standards and competencies of the State Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards of School Leaders (ISLLC), Educational Leaders Constituent Council (ELCC), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the mission of North Carolina Central University and the School of Education.
The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.
College of Behavioral and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Technology
School of Business
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts
School of Library and Information Sciences
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.