Boston University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Boston University ranks better than 85% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Boston University ranks better than only 31% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Boston University

We calculated a salary score for each of Boston University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at Boston University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for BU Bachelor's Degrees

BU ranks higher than 85% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Area Studies 30% $24,500 $29,685 30%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 72% $25,000 $38,289 72%
Biology, General 89% $26,000 $35,594 89%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 79% $26,741 $65,131 79%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 98% $25,000 $60,939 98%
Chemistry 65% $27,000 $41,193 65%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 49% $27,000 $32,658 49%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 91% Not Reported $68,499 91%
Communication and Media Studies 96% $23,250 $44,717 96%
Computer Engineering 94% $27,000 $91,477 94%
Computer Science 84% $25,000 $86,550 84%
Design and Applied Arts 97% $27,000 $50,439 97%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 67% $26,936 $25,194 67%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 93% $27,000 $35,600 93%
Economics 57% $25,000 $50,952 57%
Education, General 23% $27,000 $28,960 23%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 26% $22,250 $64,990 26%
English Language and Literature, General 89% $25,000 $36,560 89%
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 49% $24,000 $35,060 49%
History 68% $27,000 $33,993 68%
Hospitality Administration/Management 93% $22,751 $46,620 93%
International Relations and National Security Studies 64% $24,500 $39,729 64%
Journalism 75% $23,250 $36,308 75%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 98% Not Reported $41,565 98%
Mathematics 84% $27,000 $57,318 84%
Mechanical Engineering 71% $27,000 $68,918 71%
Music 28% $25,000 $23,649 28%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 81% $26,839 $35,861 81%
Philosophy 51% $20,500 $30,409 51%
Political Science and Government 71% $25,321 $39,153 71%
Psychology, General 92% $24,766 $36,437 92%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 81% $24,500 $37,208 81%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 52% $26,976 $32,245 52%
Research and Experimental Psychology 51% $27,000 $33,138 51%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 37% $27,000 $30,409 37%
Social Sciences, Other 84% $25,000 $47,729 84%
Social Work 88% $27,000 $37,208 88%
Sociology 97% $23,250 $42,682 97%
Special Education and Teaching 91% $27,000 $44,737 91%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 42% $27,000 $34,942 42%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 85% $27,000 $42,363 85%
Visual and Performing Arts, General 81% $27,000 $31,581 81%

Salary Scores for BU Master's Degrees

BU ranks higher than 70% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 67% Not Reported $49,631 67%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 36% $75,115 $37,671 36%
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology 45% $62,595 $73,949 45%
Biomedical/Medical Engineering 53% $26,200 $72,605 53%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 97% $49,318 $111,713 97%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 67% $35,500 $77,966 67%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 62% $82,049 $49,855 62%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 81% $70,000 $61,728 81%
Computer Engineering 30% Not Reported $91,744 30%
Computer Science 76% Not Reported $117,076 76%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 53% $41,000 $50,677 53%
Curriculum and Instruction 90% $12,561 $59,253 90%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 48% $60,420 $57,453 48%
Economics 19% Not Reported $50,856 19%
Education, General 40% $27,000 $48,041 40%
Educational Administration and Supervision 51% $26,500 $56,979 51%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 27% Not Reported $84,653 27%
Finance and Financial Management Services 75% $48,240 $91,744 75%
Fine and Studio Arts 62% Not Reported $33,993 62%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 46% $54,317 $67,042 46%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 61% $150,384 $102,242 61%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 75% $30,750 $44,900 75%
Information Science/Studies 81% $33,400 $94,408 81%
Insurance 74% Not Reported $99,905 74%
International Relations and National Security Studies 9% Not Reported $39,729 9%
Journalism 63% $43,364 $46,478 63%
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 91% $70,800 $97,452 91%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 84% $43,900 $104,749 84%
Marketing 68% $41,000 $75,889 68%
Mechanical Engineering 41% $56,200 $81,702 41%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 99% Not Reported $77,401 99%
Music 65% $41,000 $36,992 65%
Nutrition Sciences 38% $61,500 $47,293 38%
Psychology, General 23% $53,343 $37,568 23%
Public Administration 99% $45,353 $80,124 99%
Public Health 52% $60,507 $55,061 52%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 60% $37,000 $55,383 60%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 65% $48,933 $54,035 65%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 78% $34,166 $65,651 78%
Security Science and Technology 28% $76,219 $49,962 28%
Social Sciences, General 81% $61,722 $57,318 81%
Social Work 78% $52,000 $50,115 78%
Special Education and Teaching 43% $41,000 $48,725 43%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 47% $73,853 $44,170 47%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 45% $38,610 $45,919 45%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 61% $26,276 $52,043 61%
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language 56% Not Reported $50,105 56%
Theological and Ministerial Studies 20% Not Reported $35,420 20%

Salary Scores for BU Doctoral Degrees

BU ranks higher than 78% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Chemistry 78% Not Reported $86,867 78%
Dentistry 76% $287,957 $121,568 76%
Law 91% $119,295 $109,286 91%
Medicine 82% $215,554 $61,380 82%
Music 43% $76,965 $38,289 43%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 36% $54,000 $68,626 36%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 57% Not Reported $70,456 57%
Theological and Ministerial Studies 38% $30,000 $47,729 38%

Boston University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Bianca Tocci 1/13/2020

The institution of Boston University became my home away from home. The staff within the department of psychology cared deeply for their students and worked tirelessly to ensure student success. The degree you receive upon graudation is incredibly well earned as the classes are both rigorous and throught provoking.

Ana 12/28/2019

BU is an amazing school and I loved my time there. The graphic design program was great. It has changed a lot since I was there and has gotten even better. The college of fine arts is small and intimate in such a higher school. I highly recommend it. The professors and staff in CFA go out of their way to get to know you and help you pursue your goals.