Frequently Asked Questions
No. Ideally it is best to follow the prescribed program of study; however you can enroll during any semester and select any courses that are available during the semester.
The course load is flexible and is based on your enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time). Click here to view the program course of study for the full-time vs. part-time option.
Our program is completely online. Each course is based on the course requirements and the instructor. Courses can be in either synchronous (logged on at the same time), asynchronous (you log on at any time); or a blend of both. You must have access to the Internet with a computer that is capable of downloading documents, video, and audio clips. Some courses may have other requirements but this will be provided to you at the onset of the course in the syllabus.
4. I read that both MSA and Add-on students must complete the Hallmark e-Portfolio. However, it seems that Add-on students only take 3 of the 6 HM courses, is this correct? If so, do we need to still do all 6 HM e-Portfolio entries or do we only do 3?
ALL students must complete the Hallmarks regardless of whether you are a Master's degree level student or just seeking licensure in school administration. ALL students must complete the Hallmarks for the e-portfolios. Students in the Master's program will complete the Hallmarks in the courses.
5. Are the three different internships (569, 570, and 571) to be taken at three different times? If so, am I supposed to be enrolled in and completing one of those in addition to my EDL elective?
These are three different internships and taken at different times. MSA students are responsible for completing two internships (570-571) and students enrolled in the add-on licensure must complete ALL three internships. EDL 569 is only offered in the summer; EDL 570 is only offered in the fall and EDL 571 is only offered in the spring and you must take the internships in this order.
6. Currently, I work full-time online as a teacher and instructional leader for the North Carolina Virtual Public School. If it is possible, I would love to do my internship/s with them. Is this possible?
a) EDL 569 is completed at a different grade level and at a school other than yours. EDL 570 and EDL 571 are completed at your home school so you can complete the majority of your internship where you work.
See information about deadlines and other items at the Graduate School link.
If you aren't sure, you can apply as a non-degree seeking student and try a few classes. You can take 9 hours before declaring a major. Please contact the program advisor to discuss your goals and reasons for wanting to pursue an advanced degree prior to enrolling.
Usually it takes two years to complete the MSA degree program. There are many variables that impact program completion that include, number of courses you take each semester, whether or not you take classes in the summer, whether you have transfer credit, or if you decide to complete a thesis.
Tuition and fees are established by UNCW at the end of each academic year for the following year. Please see the student accounts pages for the most current information.
Please contact the UNCW Financial Aid Office. Make sure you identify funds that support graduate studies.
Yes, you can transfer in up to six graduate credits. To apply for transfer credit, please fill out the form available on this page http://uncw.edu/gradschool/currentstudents/transfercredit.html and send to the program coordinator for approval.
- MSA Homepage: http://www.uncw.edu/ed/el/msa/index.html
- University Testing Center: http://uncw.edu/testingservices/
- Graduate School: http://www.uncw.edu/gradschool/
- Graduate School Application: https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=UNCW-GRAD
- NC Residency questions: http://uncw.edu/gradschool/instateresidency.html
- Graduate Catalogue: http://uncw.edu/gradschool/catalogue/archive.html
- Kimberly Goerne Harris: Administrative Specialist, Graduate School, 910-962-7449, firstname.lastname@example.org