Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

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The online master’s program offered by UNT’s Department of Anthropology was created to serve students who are unable to attend an on-campus master's program due to geographic, work and/or family constraints. Among other groups, we hope to attract students with diverse backgrounds who have been historically underrepresented in anthropology. This program was created by the UNT anthropology faculty using innovative pedagogical designs that maintain the rigor of a fully face-to-face program while making it more accessible. We offer both an MA and an MS degree in Applied Anthropology.

UNT has a large number of online courses, and the department draws heavily on this great pool of knowledge when developing and revising our online program. The department of anthropology is a member in good standing of the American Anthropological Association as well as the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs.

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The MA in Applied Anthropology offers:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology (36 hours)
    For the Master of Arts degree, students fulfill the 36 hours of degree requirements and demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language. Either they complete 2 years of study of a language (undergraduate credit hours will be accepted), or they take an examination given by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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Benefits of this Program

The program can be completed in three years. In order to do so, students take two classes each fall and spring semester, for a total of twelve classes. The workload was designed to be manageable for students who are juggling work, family, and educational responsibilities. If applying for financial aid, you may have to enroll full time (3 courses/semester).

All courses are fully online. Students are required to come to the UNT campus twice. At the beginning of the program, there is a two-day on-campus orientation for new students. At the end of their final semester, all graduating students come to UNT to give a verbal presentation about their applied thesis project and share in each others’ successes.

Quote from a new student:
"You … have crafted such a well-designed program that provides accountability for both of us, not to mention a terrific breadth of courses… I am also looking forward to the mentoring and guidance you offer. It is what will separate those who obtain a degree, from those who ultimately get a job. This is exactly what was lacking for me at [university]. I cannot thank you enough."

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

  • Convenient. Log in at any time from any place.
  • Affordable. Costs $1,421.45 per 3-hour course for Texas residents – an excellent value for a master's degree.
  • Flexible. Online courses (and various degree concentrations) allow you to set your own schedule.
  • Adaptable. This program can be completed within three years if students take two classes each fall and spring semester.
  • Respected. Accredited with American Anthropological Association along with Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs.

How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:

  • Students who reside outside of the geographic area, where online courses will enable them to complete their degree easily.
  • Students who prefer the freedom to work at their own pace.
  • Students who must work full time and require the flexibility of online courses

How does it work?

For the Master of Arts degree, students fulfill the 36 hours of degree requirements and demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language. Either they complete 2 years of study of a language (undergraduate credit hours will be accepted), or they take an examination given by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Most students take two courses per semester due to workload and other commitments. However, UNT considers two courses per semester to be part-time status. Financial aid may require full-time status, which is 9 hours per semester.

In designing the online master's program, our main concern was that students receive a high-quality learning experience. To this end, we have utilized innovative virtual pedagogy in the development and delivery of our program.

Our courses are designed to provide students with expertise in anthropological theories, methods, and applications. Each course incorporates a unique mix of readings, asynchronous and synchronous group discussions, teleconferences, guest speakers, individual projects, and/or group projects. This mix of pedagogical approaches attends to the diverse learning styles that students bring to the program. All have been adapted to the online environment in creative ways.

Outside of class, students receive personal mentoring from their faculty advisor. Advisors help students plan their electives and work closely with them during the applied thesis. The applied thesis is a client project that helps position students for their career.

In addition, students interact with their peers by joining an online community that includes all students in the program. Participating in this community of practice enables students to learn from each other, and assists in their professional development.


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Program Contact

Department of Anthropology
410 Ave. C, Chilton Hall, Suite 330
Denton TX, 76201 

Office: (940) 565-2290

Online Courses

Schedule of Classes

You can find classes using the MyUNT online class search or by browsing the schedule of classes by department (without signing in) using the PDF documents provided on this page. 

Option 1: Use MyUNT to Find Classes

An online class search is available at myUNT. Sign in, or select Guest, then click on 'Class Search' link.

Option 2: Use Visual Schedule Builder

Visual Schedule Builder is a tool designed to assist students in planning their academic schedule. It allows you to graphically view schedule options based on the courses and offering times that works best for you. For additional information please read the help documentation.

Option 3: Browse Course Listings

To search for courses, select one of the links below to view a list of courses by term in a PDF file that is updated daily. You can download a free copy of Acrobat Reader from


Contact Information

Office of the Registrar
Eagle Student Services Building, Room 147
1155 Union Circle #311400
Denton TX, 76203 

Office: (940) 565-2378

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