James Madison University Rankings Based on Salary

  • James Madison University ranks better than 73% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • James Madison University ranks better than 70% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at James Madison University

We calculated a salary score for each of James Madison 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 James Madison 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 JMU Bachelor's Degrees

JMU ranks higher than 73% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 93% $21,700 $60,523 93%
Anthropology 82% $19,000 $31,314 82%
Biology, General 51% $21,000 $29,092 51%
Biotechnology 5% $17,500 $29,685 5%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 76% $19,500 $49,019 76%
Business/Managerial Economics 99% Not Reported $71,015 99%
Chemistry 23% $21,087 $32,925 23%
Communication and Media Studies 87% $19,500 $40,672 87%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 17% $19,500 $19,683 17%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 87% $19,500 $75,706 87%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 34% $21,000 $21,403 34%
Economics 71% $24,971 $55,102 71%
Engineering, General 30% $27,000 $59,011 30%
English Language and Literature, General 43% $19,500 $28,443 43%
Finance and Financial Management Services 94% $20,500 $66,329 94%
Fine and Studio Arts 94% $20,500 $34,348 94%
Geography and Cartography 83% $18,894 $42,682 83%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 84% $21,223 $50,439 84%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 94% $21,416 $37,671 94%
History 43% $19,176 $29,685 43%
Hospitality Administration/Management 84% $20,000 $43,732 84%
Information Science/Studies 95% $21,143 $72,002 95%
International Business 77% $22,500 $53,358 77%
International Relations and National Security Studies 68% $19,500 $40,598 68%
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 18% $19,000 $36,308 18%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 38% $19,500 $30,554 38%
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 83% $19,091 $35,060 83%
Marketing 96% $22,000 $54,154 96%
Mathematics 68% $20,000 $51,273 68%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 30% $21,000 $31,081 30%
Music 86% $23,283 $35,274 86%
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 87% $15,000 $35,420 87%
Physics 90% Not Reported $57,318 90%
Political Science and Government 84% $21,497 $42,235 84%
Psychology, General 68% $21,500 $32,108 68%
Public Administration 43% $21,197 $41,406 43%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 45% $19,500 $64,315 45%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 90% $18,918 $39,009 90%
Science, Technology and Society 64% $24,999 $48,823 64%
Social Work 59% $17,500 $33,103 59%
Sociology 3% $23,188 $22,420 3%
Systems Science and Theory 70% $21,500 $60,878 70%

Salary Scores for JMU Master's Degrees

JMU ranks higher than 56% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 76% $19,675 $65,512 76%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 74% $88,614 $111,100 74%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 94% Not Reported $105,465 94%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 72% $30,500 $59,756 72%
Education, General 39% $18,500 $47,917 39%
Education, Other 40% Not Reported $48,823 40%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 45% $18,000 $41,565 45%
Music 59% Not Reported $35,060 59%
Political Science and Government 53% Not Reported $49,019 53%
Public Administration 22% Not Reported $45,715 22%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 45% $29,848 $97,452 45%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 76% $58,675 $64,990 76%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 71% Not Reported $42,682 71%
Special Education and Teaching 52% $20,500 $50,543 52%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 62% $25,486 $46,869 62%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 81% Not Reported $53,358 81%

Salary Scores for JMU Doctoral Degrees

JMU ranks higher than 59% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 12% Not Reported $67,164 12%
Music 97% Not Reported $53,810 97%

James Madison University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Amanda Michetti 6/30/2019

I was in the Departments of Political Science and Foreign Languages with my degrees in International Affairs and Arabic at James Madison University in Virginia. I found both departments and program excellent. I had great experiences with almost all of my professors and with the content that I learned. I concentrated on Middle East with my International Affairs major and had a basic understanding of the largest challenges with the region. I wish JMU had had more Middle East specific courses, but that is mostly... Read More

Bingo 3/31/2019

Excited about this program and pursuing advocacy. Be forewarned through, the program is really a communication studies master's degree program. Although they accept students from all majors, previous communication majors will be more successful as the program is taught as you have a communications BA. Advocacy and being a community advocate is a fleeting theory in most classes. There is also a preference for those that have attended JMU as an undergraduate, then as a graduate student. They may be referred... Read More