Master’s degree options in applied anthropology

The University of North Texas offers several Master’s degree options in applied anthropology:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Applied Anthropology
  • Dual Degree in Applied Anthropology and Public Health (MS/MPH).


The MA/ MS degrees are offered in either face-to-face or online formats.  Our online Master’s program is the oldest and most established in the nation; it was designed to allow professionals from around the world to obtain a top-quality education in Anthropology.  Students regularly participate from the US, Uganda, Cambodia, France, Argentina, China, Indonesia, and more.


The department emphasizes the use of anthropology to solve problems and improve people’s lives. Our central goal is to provide students with the knowledge they will need to undertake informed thoughtful action, whether as street-level practitioners, administrators, agency-based researchers, or program evaluators.  Our graduates tend to work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, in local, regional and international contexts, but also have excellent success when they choose to go on to PhD programs.


Students engage in multiple applied projects as part of their training. This includes class projects for client organizations, or working with faculty as part of their applied thesis project. Examples of recent clients that UNT Anthropology students have worked with include the Microsoft, Catholic Charities, NASA, Children’s Hospital of Dallas, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the Kayapo Project, Benetech, Puente, The Foundation for African Medicine and Education, and more.


All of our faculty are applied cultural anthropologists, with geographical interest including Africa, Oceania, North America, Latin America, South Asia, and Europe.


Finally, we have several mechanisms available to support graduate students, from in-state tuition, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and scholarships.


To learn more about UNT Anthropology, please visit our website at:


You can also contact us:


Doug Henry – Director of Graduate Programs


Kelly Lauderdale – Programs Coordinator



Kelly Lauderdale


Kelly Lauderdale

Programs Coordinator

Department of Anthropology

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #310409

Denton, TX 76203

p 940-565-4931



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