Natural Resource Management

2022 Best Natural Resource Management Schools

80 Colleges in the United States
2,509 Resource Management Degrees Awarded
$36,179 Avg Early-Career Salary
Natural Resource Management is about average in terms of popularity for degree programs. That is, it ranks #176 out of the 368 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 80 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Natural Resource Management Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 2,509 degrees in natural resource management to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resource Management School

Best Natural Resource Management Schools Your choice of natural resource management school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. For our Best Overall Natural Resource Management School rankings, we roll up the results of our degree-level rankings, weighted by the number of degrees awarded at that level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Natural Resource Management Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Natural Resource Management Schools list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Natural Resource Management in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the resource management degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

12 Top Schools in Resource Management

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
$66,566 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat Duke University if you want to pursue a degree in natural resource management. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 16 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Those natural resource management students who get their degree from Duke University make $16,321 more than the typical resource management grad.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO

Washington University in St Louis is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in natural resource management. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were about 17 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

Any student who is interested in natural resource management has to take a look at University of Maryland - College Park. Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #74 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UMCP is a great university overall.

There were approximately 17 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the natural resource management degree program at University of Maryland - College Park earn $17,221 more than the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
84 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

Virginia Tech is a good option for students pursuing a degree in natural resource management. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. A Best Schools rank of #73 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were approximately 84 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
93 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

DU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Denver. This university ranks 6th out of 39 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 93 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at DU in the most recent year we have data available. Natural Resource Management degree recipients from University of Denver earn a boost of approximately $21,221 over the average earnings of natural resource management graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MI

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 5 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in natural resource management from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
69 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Syracuse, ESF is a public college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #175 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means ESF is a great college overall.

There were about 69 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at ESF in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, resource management degree recipients typically make an average of $35,500 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a degree in natural resource management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
$12,000 Median Student Debt

Finger Lakes Community College is a medium-sized public college located in the rural area of Canandaigua. This college ranks 135th out of 160 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 8 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at Finger Lakes Community College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
84 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

American Military University is a very large private for-profit university located in the fringe town of Charles Town. This university ranks 1st out of 31 schools for overall quality in the state of West Virginia.More information about a degree in natural resource management from American Public University System

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC

Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #123 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means NC State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 18 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at NC State in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
90 Resource Management Degrees Awarded

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. A Best Schools rank of #70 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a great university overall.

There were about 90 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the resource management program make an average of $29,900 in their early career salary.

More information about a degree in natural resource management from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In WI

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were roughly 12 natural resource management students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Natural Resource Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
13 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
14 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD
15 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
16 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
17 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
18 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
19 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
20 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Natural Resource Management by Region

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Region
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 1,426
Environmental/Natural Resources Management & Policy, Other 313
Water, Wetlands, & Marine Resources Management 265
Environmental/Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism 151
Environmental/Natural Resources Law Enforcement and Protective Services 141
Environmental/Natural Resource Economics 107
L& Use Planning & Management/Development 86
Energy and Environmental Policy 20

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Majors Similar to Resource Management

Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 21,317
Wildlife Management 2,030
Forestry 2,005
Fisheries Sciences 417
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 118

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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.

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