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Information for Current Anthropology Graduate Students

Anthropology (MA) Curriculum

The Anthropology (MA) Catalog can be found here.

Graduate Manual

The Anthropology Graduate Manual can be found here

Graduate Degree Audit

The Graduate Degree Audit shows how the courses a student has completed – as well as those they plan to take – fulfill their degree requirements. The graduate degree audit allows a student and administrators to track progress, plan for future semesters, and view a summary of credit hours and GPA. To track your progress and plan for future semesters, students can access the Graduate Degree Audit by logging into MyPack Portal > Student Homepage > Planning & Enrollment tile > Graduate Degree Planning > Graduate Degree Audit

You must sign this in order to be eligible for graduation, so do it now.

If you are completing a Thesis in the MA program, your committee will consist of at least three members. At least two members must come from the anthropology graduate faculty and the third committee member may be either a member of the anthropology graduate faculty or a member of the graduate faculty in another discipline in which the student has taken course work and/or which is related to the student’s thesis or project. If you are completing a Non-Thesis in the MA program, your committee may consist of up to three members, you will let the GAAC or DGP know of your committee in your last semester. Capstone projects are always due on the last day of classes.


The following form is for students on the thesis track. Non-thesis (option B) students do not need to file this official paperwork with the university, but do still need to inform the Graduate Academic Advising coordinator regarding defenses and degree completion.

  • Schedule Thesis Oral Final Defense (pdf) – Submit at least 10 working days prior to proposed date of exam.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to applicants in our programs. Anthropology Department TAs receive full tuition coverage along with health insurance and a modest stipend intended to help defray living expenses. Although tuition is paid in full, the arrangement does not cover university fees and other living expenses. Out-of-state tuition is only provided for the first year. Out-of-state students should begin establishing residency as soon as they arrive in North Carolina, so that they may apply for residency before the start of their second year.

Below you will find information regarding the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). Assistantships are given out by the Director of the Graduate Program (DGP) and the Graduate Academic Advising Coordinator (GAAC). Please note that no additional applications are needed to receive a Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Any questions can be directed to the DGP or GAAC.

  • Teaching Assistantships are one year appointments renewable for another year as indicated in your Terms and Conditions letter. All TAs are limited by the terms of the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP). TAs may take summer classes, but those who do pay their own tuition. Health insurance, however, remains in force during the summer.
  • Teaching Assistantships at NC State are defined by the Graduate School as one-half-time appointments. The workload in Anthropology thus averages about 20 hours per week. 
  • Students will be assigned to an instructor/course or laboratory at the start of each semester and will work with that instructor to fill out a ‘Graduate Assistant Workplan Agreement’ that outlines specific duties and responsibilities.

Please note that your appointment as a TA places some constraints on your eligibility for other employment on campus.  

  • First, of course, is the workload.  Your assistantship duties are designed with your full-time course load in mind; you must maintain a 9-hour load and stay in good academic standing each semester to retain your assistantship. We do not recommend taking on additional employment lest it affect your success in one or both of these arenas. 
  • A second constraint is the campus payroll system. Students on assistantship are technically permitted to work up to eight or nine extra hours per week with the approval of their departments. But if that limit is exceeded you will be ruled ineligible for your assistantship (because you’ll no longer look like a full-time student).  To avoid jeopardizing your TA appointment, check with the Director of Graduate Programs before you commit to any additional employment.
  • A third constraint is in regards to International students. International students are only allowed to work 20 hours per week and must speak with the International Office before accepting any additional employment above their stipend.
  • Students will receive an ebill approximately one month before the beginning of each semester.  For TAs, the in-state tuition charge is covered and the mandatory student health insurance fee is removed under GSSP.  Tuition and the student health insurance will appear on your bill, but you may ignore those charges because they will be removed at a later date.  TAs are responsible for other charges on the bill, including fees.  A thorough explanation of required fees is provided at the Student Services Center page, “Explanation of Tuition and Required Fees.”  For more information about tuition, fees, and estimated annual expenses, please visit the Student Services Center page, “Tuition and Fees.”  For information regarding fee payment, with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) or financial aid, please visit the “Bills, Payments and Refunds” page at Student Services Center.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory for TAs.  The deadline is one week prior to your first paycheck.  Please refer to the bi-weekly pay schedule to see when you will receive your first paycheck.  Remember, your first day of hire is August 16th so please look at the payday for the pay period in which August 16th falls.  You will want to have direct deposit completed at least one week before your first payday. 
  • Please note, even if you completed direct deposit for financial aid, you must also complete direct deposit for your role as a TA.
  • You will be automatically enrolled in the GSSP health insurance plan if you meet the minimum requirements on the Requirements/Benefits at a Glance chart. You will be automatically waived from the Mandatory Student Health Insurance plan if you qualify for the GSSP insurance by the waiver deadline. The deadline is posted on the GSSP webpage.
  • If you are considered a Non-Resident for tuition purposes, your GSSP benefits only cover one year of out-of-state tuition. You are REQUIRED to apply for in-state residency status once you have lived in NC for at least 12 months, as the GSSP will not cover out-of-state tuition your second year. As indicated in your Terms and Conditions document, it is your responsibility to complete the necessary “residency acts” in your first year to ensure you are able to convert to in-state residency your second year. Important: You must initiate those acts (“Some examples of residency acts include getting a NC driver’s license, registering to vote, registering a vehicle, and further actions which demonstrate ties to NC.”) as soon as you move here, so that you will be able to document 12 months of residence before your second year begins.  Please review the Residency website and reference the Residency PDF to ensure that you complete an item for all three categories.  After 12 months of residency you will visit the residency website to complete the application.
  • Students exceeding 29 hours per week lose their FICA (social security) tax exemption. We cannot approve any jobs on campus that exceed 29 hours or .725 FTE without the Dean’s approval. 

For more information about the Graduate Student Support Plan, please review the GSSP website.