Admissions | Department of Anthropology


*GRE testing will not be required for the Fall 2024 application process*

Application Deadlines

The Department of Anthropology welcomes new students to our program in the Fall terms only. The application dates for Fall 2024 are:

  • Early Admission and Scholarship Deadline for Fall 2024: January 15, 2024
    To be considered for scholarships and/or early admission, all application materials must be submitted by this deadline. If the entire application is not received by this deadline, your application will be considered with the late admission applicants.
  • Late Admission Deadline for Fall 2024: March 15, 2024
    We strongly encourage you to apply by the early deadline, especially if you are applying to the online program.

Two Applications

In order to be accepted into the UNT Master's Program in Applied Anthropology, applicants must submit two separate applications.

1. Application to the Toulouse Graduate School

Applicants must apply to and be accepted by UNT's Toulouse Graduate School. Applicants typically have a 3.0 GPA or higher on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours from their bachelor's degree, or at least a 3.4 on a completed master's degree. Applicants with lower GPAs may be considered by individual review for provisional admission.

Applicants should send all required documentation directly to the Toulouse Graduate School.

Items Include:

  • Toulouse Graduate School application form
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts from all previous college work

International Applicants
International applicants should review review the International Admissions website for more information about degree equivalencies, English requirements, and the application process. Apply early to allow for extra time for the processing of this paperwork.

2. Application to the Department of Anthropology

In addition, applicants must also apply to and be accepted by the Department of Anthropology. You can apply online at

Apply to the department online

Items you will need to complete for this application include:

  • Department of Anthropology Application
    • A webform, via the link above. You cannot save progress on the form, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to begin and finish the application in one sitting.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • You will provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders in your department application. Once you submit your application, your recommenders will receive an email with a link to upload their letter and answer a few questions. Please be sure to submit your application before the deadline so that your recommenders have adequate time to complete their portion of this process.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • In 500-700 words, describe your background and future goals for graduate study and career, and why you are interested in our program and applied anthropology as a discipline.
  • Writing sample
    • There is no specific format required for the writing sample, and the content does not necessarily need to be related to Anthropology. Choose a sample that best showcases your writing abilities! Typical samples are approximately 5 pages in length.
  • Scholarship application (must be submitted by the January 15 deadline)
  • Resume (optional)

Please do not send transcripts to the Department of Anthropology. This slows down the application process. The Toulouse Graduate School will forward the transcripts to the department when they have been processed.

The Department of Anthropology reviews all applications together, approximately one month after each application deadline. You will receive decision letters shortly after the admissions committee meets.

Additional Requirements and Information

  • The applicant must hold the bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent training at a foreign university.
  • Applicants must have adequate subject preparation in anthropology. If an applicant has fewer than 12 hours of anthropology, they must take a prerequisite leveling course the summer before the first year of study, ANTH 5000. If you need this prerequisite, you should to apply for the SUMMER term rather than Fall. This is particularly important for your Toulouse Graduate School application.
  • Core classes in the master's of applied anthropology program are restricted for majors in our program.
  • Any other classes that are taken as a non-degree seeking student are not guaranteed to apply towards a degree plan should the student get accepted into the applied anthropology program. A major's degree plan is tailored for each student with their advisor (chosen during the 1st semester in the program). For this reason the general graduate advisor is unable to approve any electives for non-degree seeking students.

Questions? Please review our Question and Answer page. If you still have questions, please contact the department.