What will I learn?

Those interested in pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in the Department of Natural Resources Management should consult with the chairperson prior to enrolling for any course.

Doctoral candidates may specialize in grazing management, range improvement, range animal nutrition, fire ecology, plant ecology, plant physiology, wildlife habitat management, big game ecology, upland game ecology, fisheries, or wetland ecology and management.

An oral and/or written preliminary examination is required of all students seeking a Ph.D. degree. If the preliminary examination reveals weaknesses in the student’s background, remedial courses may be designated by the graduate advisory committee. The student’s graduate advisory committee will also recommend courses to be taken in supporting disciplines. In accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School, a qualifying examination is prepared and administered by the candidate’s graduate advisory committee and any other professors the committee may consider necessary.

The doctorate normally requires completion of 72, or more, semester credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation. In addition to the courses required for the major, an applicant for the doctorate must have taken at least 15 semester hours of graduate coursework outside the department. These hours may be taken in supporting fields without concern for a minor specialization, depending on recommendation of the student’s graduate advisory committee. However, if they are taken in a block of related courses, they may be declared as a minor.

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (72, or more, semester credit hours of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation)

Tuition fees
US$15,693.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 13 January 2021


College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Texas Tech University,

Goddard Building, Room 108,



79409, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree and wish to continue their education at the Master's or Doctoral level.

For international students

The applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 79.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - The minimum IELTS required score is an overall band score of 6.5 on the Academic version.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - The minimum required PTE Academic score is 60.

Cambridge C2 Proficiency Test (Cambridge CPE) - The minimum required Cambridge CPE grade is a score of 180 or above.

Cambridge C1 Advanced Proficiency Test (Cambridge CAE) - The minimum required Cambridge CAE grade is a score of 175 or above.

Application Deadlines: Applications should be submitted by January 15th for fall and June 15th for spring semester.

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