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2022 Best Natural Resource Management Doctor's Degree Schools

11 Colleges in the United States
44 Doctor's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a doctor's degree in natural resource management sits in the middle of the road, ranking #164 out of 295 majors in the country. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 11 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Natural Resource Management Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 44 doctor's degrees in natural resource management to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resource Management School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Natural Resource Management Doctor's Degree Schools The resource management doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 70% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 590 to 201 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on natural resource management students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other natural resource management students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt natural resource management students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized natural resource management related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for natural resource management students working on their doctor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Natural Resource Management Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Natural Resource Management Doctor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Natural Resource Management in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in natural resource management.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Resource Management

5 Annual Graduates

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a great choice for individuals pursuing a doctor's degree in natural resource management. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #31 out of 741 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a fairly popular university to study resource management in the United States with roughly 5 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
8 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Michigan State University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in natural resource management. Michigan State is a very large public university located in the small city of East Lansing. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #135 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 8 natural resource management individuals who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year.

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2 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in natural resource management. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, ESF is a public college with a small student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #110 out of 741 colleges nationwide means ESF is a great college overall.

There were approximately 2 natural resource management individuals who graduated with this degree at ESF in the most recent data year.

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1 Annual Graduates

University of Connecticut is a good option for students interested in a doctor's degree in natural resource management. UCONN is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Storrs. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #162 out of 741 schools nationwide means UCONN is a great university overall.

There were about 1 natural resource management individuals who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV
9 Annual Graduates

WVU is a fairly large public university located in the city of Morgantown. This university ranks 3rd out of 6 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of West Virginia.

There were approximately 9 natural resource management individuals who graduated with this degree at WVU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #283 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Texas Tech is a great university overall.More information about a doctorate in natural resource management from Texas Tech University

2 Annual Graduates

UWM is a fairly large public university located in the city of Milwaukee. This university ranks 13th out of 18 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were about 2 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at UWM in the most recent data year.

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2 Annual Graduates

USU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Logan. This university ranks 4th out of 4 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Utah.

There were about 2 natural resource management individuals who graduated with this degree at USU in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID
6 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Moscow, U of I is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 4 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Idaho.

There were approximately 6 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at U of I in the most recent data year.

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#10

University of Maine

Orono, ME
1 Annual Graduates

UMaine is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Orono. This university ranks 2nd out of 4 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Maine.

There were approximately 1 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at UMaine in the most recent year we have data available.

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Natural Resource Management by Region

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Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Natural Resource Management is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Resource Management Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy 27
Environmental/Natural Resource Economics 9
Water, Wetlands, & Marine Resources Management 3
L& Use Planning & Management/Development 2
Energy and Environmental Policy 2
Environmental/Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 1

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 401
Forestry 97
Wildlife Management 38
Fisheries Sciences 22

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Brian M. Powell. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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