Applied Anthropology

Master's Degree Programs

Graduate opportunities

By studying Applied Anthropology at the University of North Texas, you'll have the opportunity to work with nonprofit and for-profit community agencies and learn how to help solve some of society's most compelling problems.

The Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in Applied Anthropology teaches you to take informed and thoughtful action as a street-level practitioner, administrator, agency-based researcher or program evaluator. A dual degree is also available in Applied Anthropology and Public Health through a cooperative effort with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. The master's programs can prepare you to enter a doctoral program, as well.

The Department of Anthropology offers several unique advantages including:

  • Many opportunities to collaborate on projects with different organizations including corporations and social service agencies
  • Faculty members who are applied anthropologists with geographic focuses on Africa, Oceania, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, India and Europe
  • The flexibility to take classes online or on campus (We offer the nation's first online master's program in Applied Anthropology.)
  • Faculty members who are engaged in building networks around the diverse applications of anthropology in North Texas
  • A prime location in one of the nation's largest urban areas for applied research projects such as those involving health issues of ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees from all over the world

In addition to their geographic expertise, our faculty members have extensive backgrounds in migration, race and ethnicity, sustainable communities, and bilingual education. Some of their research has explored:

  • Conservation strategies in mountain ecosystems
  • Outreach and educational attainment of Latinos
  • Quality of life with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Violence and refugees
  • Visual and media anthropology
  • Virtual communication and collaboration in the workplace

Areas of specialization

You're not required to choose a specific track, but the department offers several specialties.

Anthropology of Education focuses on understanding different aspects of the educational process.

Business, Technology and Design Anthropology includes the areas of communication in the workplace, consumer behavior, diversity, globalization, human-computer interaction, marketing, organizational analysis and change, teams, and user-centered design.

Environmental and Ecological Anthropology includes community-based conservation of natural and cultural resources, cultural landscapes and seascapes, environmental justice, ethnoecology, globalization and environmental policy, human ecology, indigenous peoples and protected areas, political ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, sustainable development and world views concerning the environment.

Medical Anthropology focuses on health issues of ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees; healthcare delivery; indigenous medicine; and public health.

Migration and Border Studies include the situations of migrants and refugees, cultures of Latin America and experiences of Mexicanos and Latinos in the U.S.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and specific program requirements. Program requirements include:

  • Adequate subject preparation in anthropology (If accepted into the program with fewer than 12 credit hours of anthropology, you'll take an online prerequisite leveling course the summer before the first semester of study.)
  • Completed departmental application form
  • 500- to 750-word statement of purpose
  • GRE scores
  • Three reference evaluation forms (or letters of recommendation) from persons familiar with your academic record
  • Scholarly writing sample from your undergraduate career or any research you've done since graduation

More details are available at the Anthropology website.

Degree requirements

You'll need to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language if you are pursuing the M.A. You're required to take a course in an additional skill appropriate to your specialty if you're pursuing the M.S. Both degrees require completion of:

  • 15 credit hours of core courses
  • 15 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of applied thesis

The M.S./M.P.H. dual degree requires 63 credit hours, including thesis. Specific course requirements and descriptions are available in our catalog.

Financial assistance

The department funds scholarships and tuition waivers to help you pursue your master's degree. The graduate committee recommends nominees based on their first-year status and academic achievements. On-campus students must take at least 9 credit hours, while online students must take at least 6 credit hours.

Several teaching assistant and grader positions are also available.

Learn more about financial assistance. You can also access the Financial Aid website.