Ph.D. On Campus

Applied Anthropology

Texas State University

60 months
765 USD/credit 8262 USD/year
765 USD/credit 8262 USD/year
357 USD/credit 3855 USD/year
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This unique, small, and intense Applied Anthropology program from Texas State University focuses on three main areas — research techniques, theory, and professionalism. 


The department has two major centers, the Center for Archaeological Studies and the Forensic Anthropology Center, that provide hands-on educational opportunities and training to ensure Ph.D. students have marketable skills for employment.

Anthropology doctoral students graduate with methodological and theoretical foundations to conduct applied research in a variety of settings.

Program Mission

The goal of the Applied Anthropology program from Texas State University is to produce the next generation of applied anthropologists — leaders in inter- and intra-disciplinary research who will help solve critical societal problems in the global 21st century. Further, the department aims to produce professional, ethical, and productive graduates for employment in the academic and non-academic job markets. The graduate curriculum, fieldwork and internship opportunities, laboratories, and research centers provide an excellent foundation for student research, proposal writing experience, and numerous training and educational activities. The department is committed to multiculturalism, the diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, and a global perspective.

Career Options

The global economy has created a tremendous need for research-based information and pragmatic uses of anthropological knowledge and skills, creating exciting and extensive career opportunities for applied anthropologists in nonacademic and academic settings. National and international career paths for Ph.D. anthropologists include the academy, corporate and business sector, public sector agencies, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Ethics In Anthropology
  • Proposal Writing
  • Directed Research
  • Advanced Theory in Anthropology

  • Statistics and Experimental Design

  • Discrete Multivariate Models

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in anthropology or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university. Read additional information about background course work.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.3 GPA in all completed graduate course work
  • resume/CV, complete and current
  • statement of purpose (3–5-page maximum, double-spaced) 
  • three letters of recommendation addressing and evaluating your skills, academic potential, and ability to successfully complete the program in the specified time frame. Letters should be written by professors, academic instructors, and/or applied anthropology professionals.
  • writing sample, such as your master's thesis or other sample of professional or academic writing

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8262 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 60 months.
  • National

    8262 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 60 months.
  • In-State

    3855 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit during 60 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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