James Madison University Rankings by Salary Score

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James Madison University is ranked on 6 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


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 based on the school's by-program performance weighted by student enrollment in each program. Data is sourced from the December 2020 release of the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid. Debt and salary numbers are shown rounded to the nearest $10.

Salary Scores for JMU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 93 94% 94% $21,700 $60,520 93
Anthropology 82 84% 84% $19,000 $31,310 82
Biology, General 51 95% 95% $21,000 $29,090 51
Biotechnology 5 94% 94% $17,500 $29,690 5
Business Administration, Management and Operations 76 95% 95% $19,500 $49,020 76
Business/Managerial Economics 99 100% 100% Not Reported $71,020 99
Chemistry 23 94% 94% $21,090 $32,930 23
Communication and Media Studies 87 99% 99% $19,500 $40,670 87
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 17 91% 91% $19,500 $19,680 17
Computer and Information Sciences, General 87 98% 98% $19,500 $75,710 87
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 34 98% 98% $21,000 $21,400 34
Economics 71 98% 98% $24,970 $55,100 71
Engineering, General 30 100% 100% $27,000 $59,010 30
English Language and Literature, General 43 98% 98% $19,500 $28,440 43
Finance and Financial Management Services 94 99% 99% $20,500 $66,330 94
Fine and Studio Arts 94 95% 95% $20,500 $34,350 94
Geography and Cartography 83 100% 100% $18,890 $42,680 83
Health and Medical Administrative Services 84 98% 98% $21,220 $50,440 84
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 94 97% 97% $21,420 $37,670 94
History 43 100% 100% $19,180 $29,690 43
Hospitality Administration/Management 84 98% 98% $20,000 $43,730 84
Information Science/Studies 95 99% 99% $21,140 $72,000 95
International Business 77 96% 96% $22,500 $53,360 77
International Relations and National Security Studies 68 93% 93% $19,500 $40,600 68
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 18 96% 96% $19,000 $36,310 18
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 38 93% 93% $19,500 $30,550 38
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services 83 98% 98% $19,090 $35,060 83
Marketing 96 99% 99% $22,000 $54,150 96
Mathematics 68 100% 100% $20,000 $51,270 68
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 30 95% 95% $21,000 $31,080 30
Music 86 98% 98% $23,280 $35,270 86
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 87 100% 100% $15,000 $35,420 87
Physics 90 100% 100% Not Reported $57,320 90
Political Science and Government 84 98% 98% $21,500 $42,240 84
Psychology, General 68 96% 96% $21,500 $32,110 68
Public Administration 43 97% 97% $21,200 $41,410 43
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 45 100% 100% $19,500 $64,320 45
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 90 100% 100% $18,920 $39,010 90
Science, Technology and Society 64 99% 99% $25,000 $48,820 64
Social Work 59 97% 97% $17,500 $33,100 59
Sociology 3 94% 94% $23,190 $22,420 3
Systems Science and Theory 70 100% 100% $21,500 $60,880 70

Salary Scores for JMU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 76 100% 100% $19,680 $65,510 76
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 74 100% 100% $88,610 $111,100 74
Business Administration, Management and Operations 94 98% 98% Not Reported $105,470 94
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 72 100% 100% $30,500 $59,760 72
Education, General 39 99% 99% $18,500 $47,920 39
Education, Other 40 100% 100% Not Reported $48,820 40
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 45 100% 100% $18,000 $41,570 45
Music 59 93% 93% Not Reported $35,060 59
Political Science and Government 53 94% 94% Not Reported $49,020 53
Public Administration 22 100% 100% Not Reported $45,720 22
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 45 100% 100% $29,850 $97,450 45
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 76 100% 100% $58,680 $64,990 76
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 71 100% 100% Not Reported $42,680 71
Special Education and Teaching 52 98% 98% $20,500 $50,540 52
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 62 97% 97% $25,490 $46,870 62
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 81 100% 100% Not Reported $53,360 81

Salary Scores for JMU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 12 100% 100% Not Reported $67,160 12
Music 97 100% 100% Not Reported $53,810 97

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