University of North Texas

Why you should consider this program

The on-campus master's program offered by UNT's Department of Anthropology was created in 2000 to serve students who wanted to obtain an advanced degree in applied anthropology. Faculty offer expertise in community development, education, medical anthropology, gender studies, business, technology, and design, environment anthropology, urban anthropology, migrants and refugee issues, and the anthropology of religion.  Students will be prepared to apply anthropological knowledge in private and public sectors, foundations, and businesses in local, regional, and international areas.

Most of our graduate courses are offered in the evening to make the program more accessible for students who work during the day. On-campus students enjoy the small size of each cohort and the opportunities to meet with other students and faculty. The program can be completed in two years. In order to do so, students take three classes each fall and spring semester, for a total of twelve classes. The central goal of UNT's Master in Applied Anthropology program is to provide graduates with the knowledge they will need to undertake informed and thoughtful action, whether as street-level practitioners, administrators, agency-based researchers, or program evaluators.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 17,466 $ 31,200 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 32,406 $ 46,140 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell Fellows will receive a $5,000 scholarship for their first year of enrollment, $2,500 distributed per semester. They will also receive a tuition reimbursement for up to 6 credit hours for their second year. Out-of-state students will receive a waiver that grants them in-state tuition, a savings of about $14,940.

Fellows will also be offered a 20-hr/wk Instructional Assistantship position for their first year, an approximate salary of $10,800. During their second year they will be offered a 20-hr/wk Research Assistantship position, an approximate salary of $14,000.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

In the first year, Fellows are given a 20-hr/wk Instructional Assistantship position. During the second year, Fellows are given a 20-hr/wk Research Assistantship position.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 17,280

Application fee waived?



Applied thesis practica/internships are found by the individual student, though guided by both a mentoring faculty and the Applied Anthropology curriculum according to the student’s interests and career goals.  We have a course, “Preparation for Applied Thesis,” which guides students in the process of doing informational interviews and building a network of contacts in community organizations that match their interest, all as required classwork. We’ve now had over 140 students graduate from our program going through client-based projects. All Fellows will have access to the list of previous clients and contacts that have worked with our students, along with the student projects.  A limited example of our previous clients is: Children’s Medical Center, Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME), Californians for Pesticide Reform, Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Center for Housing and Community Studies.

Jobs for program alumni

We are extremely proud of our alumni. Directly following graduation, they have either entered the work force or have decided to pursue further education. Our alumni work in a variety of fields, both domestic and abroad. You can review some of our alumni career stories, here: They have gone to work for companies such as: NASA, Earthworks, Proctor & Gamble, and Luminosity Research Consultancy. They work in the private and public sectors.

Other details

Program length

2-3 Years

Application requirements

Applicants must apply to both the UNT Toulouse Graduate School and the UNT Department of Anthropology. The UNT Toulouse Graduate school will need GRE scores and college transcripts. The Department of Anthropology requires an official Peace Corps Description of Service, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. The personal statement should describe how your Peace Corps service relates to what you want to accomplish from training in the field of Applied Anthropology.

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

The Department’s graduate admissions committee will review and rank scholarship applicants relative to their qualifications and their potential for success in the program.  Fellows applications will be given a holistic review; this means that their scholarship application, their statement of purpose, and the general Anthropology application (GRE scores, transcripts, etc.) will all be considered. Nontraditional Options: about 60% of classes are offered in the evenings, and 35% are offered online.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Doug Henry, Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310409
Denton, TX 76203-5017