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The Master of Arts in Anthropology at NC State

A Letter from the Director of the Graduate Program in Anthropology

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in NC State's Masters Degree program in Anthropology.  Program faculty members conduct research across the globe and have created opportunities for students to become involved in our on-going studies. Although we only began to offer a graduate degree in 2007, Anthropology graduate students at NC State are already distinguishing themselves by conducting original research projects, presenting their findings at regional and national anthropology conferences, and publishing their scholarly work as co-authors with program faculty. We prepare our students both to enter top-ranked Ph.D. programs as well as to find employment in nonacademic and applied settings.

Our faculty specialize in the following general areas:

Please note that our program accepts full and part time students who begin their studies during the Fall semester.  

The anthropology graduate program will offer two visitation days in the Fall for students interested in coming to NC State to take a closer look at our program. The dates, when determined, will be listed below, along with the faculty we expect to be available to meet with students on those days. We will offer a tour of the anthropology laboratories and an opportunity to meet with current graduate students. 

If you would like to make an appointment to meet with a faculty member and/or the Director of Graduate Programs on one of those visitation days, please contact the faculty member directly to set up a meeting time. 

Visitation Days (and available faculty members): TBD

We also encourage you to read our online Anthropology Program Manual in order to find out even more about us. Our application process is completely online.  If you would like to apply to the program, you can do so by visiting the NC State Graduate School's website at:

The deadline for Fall 2017 admission will be January 1, 2017.

As part of the application you must submit GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores, including your score on the new GRE writing test. You must also submit a personal statement that indicates which of our concentrations you would like to pursue, three completed reference forms, and copies of official transcripts of all previous university education.  Including a writing sample is optional. If you are an international student from a country where English is not an official language, you must also submit your scores on the TOEFL examination or the IELTS score.  The University's code when submitting scores is 5496.

Not only is NC State a great place to get a graduate degree, the Raleigh-Durham area is a great place to live.  It shows up regularly on lists of "Best Places" to live and work.  Follow the link:

You must arrange for the delivery of other supporting documents (credentials, transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) as described throughout the application form pages.

The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
Room 240, Research Building III
1005 Capability Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC  27695

Please contact me with any additional questions that you may have.


Nora Haenn, PhD
Director, Anthropology Graduate Program
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107

Researchers in cultural anthropology at NCSU examine development programs in Mexico.


For information about the Graduate Program in Anthropology

Dr. Nora Haenn, Anthropology Graduate Program Director, can be reached by the above email.