Online Master's Program | Department of Anthropology

Online Master's Program

Overview

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.

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"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."

Accreditation

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.

The University of North Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Texas.

Note: The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Normal inquiries about UNT, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and educational programs, should be addressed directly to UNT and not the Commission's office.

Program Trajectory

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.

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.

Virtual Pedagogy

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.

UNT uses Blackboard Learn 9.1 and is currently transitioning to Canvas as the platform for delivery of online courses. By the start of Spring 2019 all courses will be offered exclusively in Canvas.

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