Grand Valley State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Grand Valley State University ranks better than 50% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Grand Valley State University ranks better than only 37% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Grand Valley State University

We calculated a salary score for each of Grand Valley State 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 Grand Valley State 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 GVSU Bachelor's Degrees

GVSU ranks higher than 50% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 48% $23,000 $48,225 48%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 50% $24,250 $50,856 50%
Anthropology 40% $25,368 $25,452 40%
Biological and Physical Sciences 58% $29,493 $34,298 58%
Biology, General 64% $24,500 $30,962 64%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 89% $22,000 $53,942 89%
Business/Commerce, General 37% $27,000 $40,896 37%
Business/Managerial Economics 54% $23,250 $48,725 54%
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences 44% $17,925 $30,409 44%
Chemistry 62% $27,000 $40,485 62%
Communication and Media Studies 53% $23,250 $34,111 53%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 55% $22,250 $35,594 55%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 68% $26,800 $65,131 68%
Computer Engineering 59% Not Reported $74,307 59%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 67% $25,500 $38,469 67%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 27% Not Reported $20,530 27%
Economics 21% $25,577 $39,592 21%
Education, General 69% $29,000 $37,980 69%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 57% $29,000 $72,022 57%
English Language and Literature, General 91% $27,000 $37,079 91%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 81% $28,185 $33,993 81%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 37% $25,000 $24,885 37%
Finance and Financial Management Services 43% $21,500 $48,883 43%
Fine and Studio Arts 65% $26,446 $28,327 65%
Geography and Cartography 64% $21,970 $38,829 64%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 60% $28,750 $38,829 60%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 31% $28,000 $36,336 31%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 27% $25,500 $27,222 27%
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 27% $23,500 $31,278 27%
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs 52% $26,025 $31,616 52%
History 57% $23,427 $32,094 57%
Hospitality Administration/Management 37% $22,750 $35,535 37%
Human Resources Management and Services 50% $18,750 $46,087 50%
Information Science/Studies 84% $27,000 $64,328 84%
International Business 54% $23,741 $47,260 54%
International Relations and National Security Studies 37% $21,250 $33,993 37%
Journalism 12% Not Reported $26,187 12%
Legal Support Services 49% $25,500 $35,274 49%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 73% $25,500 $37,328 73%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 29% $24,497 $47,335 29%
Manufacturing Engineering 69% $27,000 $69,338 69%
Marketing 67% $20,500 $45,383 67%
Mathematics 37% $25,890 $42,309 37%
Mechanical Engineering 62% $28,500 $67,473 62%
Music 86% $28,334 $35,060 86%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 37% $25,000 $30,771 37%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 42% $17,750 $28,212 42%
Philosophy 67% Not Reported $33,993 67%
Political Science and Government 65% $25,046 $38,048 65%
Psychology, General 35% $25,000 $28,164 35%
Public Administration 20% $25,250 $34,562 20%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 53% $25,500 $38,289 53%
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians 72% $26,500 $65,238 72%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 64% $27,000 $33,687 64%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 25% $26,159 $58,172 25%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 70% $23,500 $35,823 70%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 26% $24,048 $24,615 26%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 36% $26,864 $30,228 36%
Social Sciences, General 67% $30,000 $37,790 67%
Social Work 47% $25,000 $31,844 47%
Sociology 49% $24,046 $32,391 49%
Statistics 25% $27,000 $46,087 25%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 16% $27,000 $31,507 16%

Salary Scores for GVSU Master's Degrees

GVSU ranks higher than 40% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 60% $22,860 $62,707 60%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 66% $75,309 $104,878 66%
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology 34% Not Reported $67,660 34%
Business/Commerce, General 53% $25,432 $77,401 53%
Communication and Media Studies 34% Not Reported $43,584 34%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 38% $49,342 $53,839 38%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 37% Not Reported $76,358 37%
Curriculum and Instruction 38% $19,080 $47,036 38%
Education, General 44% $12,683 $48,935 44%
Educational Administration and Supervision 28% $24,303 $48,725 28%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 40% Not Reported $52,107 40%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 26% $37,981 $53,358 26%
Public Administration 32% $41,264 $49,019 32%
Public Health 25% $47,500 $45,305 25%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 51% $61,520 $57,137 51%
Social Work 35% $42,247 $43,553 35%
Special Education and Teaching 56% $19,771 $51,356 56%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 44% Not Reported $43,798 44%

Salary Scores for GVSU Doctoral Degrees

GVSU ranks higher than 36% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 19% $50,500 $95,073 19%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 41% $86,626 $69,338 41%

Grand Valley State University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Genevieve 1/7/2020

Overall, the Criminal Justice Program at Grand Valley State University prepares you for a diverse range of post-college options. No matter what you are interested in, there is a faculty member who can share their unique experiences and act as a mentor to help you reach your goals. Whether you are looking into policing, corrections, victim advocacy, federal enforcement, environmental protection, legal studies, or continuing on to graduate school, there is someone there to help you. Small class sizes allow you... Read More

Elizabeth Cullen 12/16/2019

GVSU's Music Education program is excellent. The general music professors are top-tier academics and care for their students. The studio professors do vary in quality. It has been years since I attended, so I do not know which studios are currently at the top. I would recommend researching this and taking several lessons with the studio professor of your choice before committing. The audition process is standard. Music scholarships are typically small, and would need to be supplemented with academic scholarships.... Read More