Michigan State University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Michigan State University ranks better than 71% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Michigan State University ranks better than only 30% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Michigan State University

We calculated a salary score for each of Michigan 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 Michigan 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 MSU Bachelor's Degrees

MSU ranks higher than 71% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 84% $22,850 $56,641 84%
Agricultural Business and Management 66% $19,500 $46,673 66%
Agricultural Engineering 55% $23,500 $57,860 55%
Animal Sciences 82% $21,500 $34,814 82%
Anthropology 4% $28,750 $18,185 4%
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 75% $26,000 $38,953 75%
Biology, General 32% $26,000 $26,519 32%
Botany/Plant Biology 74% Not Reported $31,839 74%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99% $22,000 $63,005 99%
Chemical Engineering 68% $24,795 $70,680 68%
Chemistry 77% $26,834 $43,798 77%
Civil Engineering 77% $27,000 $65,295 77%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 9% $27,780 $44,021 9%
Communication and Media Studies 81% $26,431 $39,108 81%
Computer and Information Sciences, General 87% $22,250 $75,814 87%
Computer Engineering 67% $27,000 $76,998 67%
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management 15% Not Reported $43,798 15%
Construction Engineering Technologies 81% $29,000 $71,295 81%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 68% $26,000 $38,721 68%
Design and Applied Arts 75% $27,603 $40,441 75%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 53% $22,611 $33,993 53%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 72% $29,000 $36,668 72%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 92% $24,966 $35,060 92%
Economics 52% $23,050 $49,410 52%
Education, General 82% $24,250 $41,214 82%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 76% $23,000 $76,460 76%
Engineering-Related Fields 69% $24,786 $66,768 69%
Engineering, General 77% $26,000 $67,548 77%
Engineering, Other 30% $27,390 $54,996 30%
English Language and Literature, General 82% $25,799 $34,704 82%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 7% Not Reported $22,192 7%
Finance and Financial Management Services 85% $23,000 $60,861 85%
Fine and Studio Arts 55% $26,134 $26,933 55%
Food Science and Technology 62% $23,500 $48,432 62%
Forestry 37% Not Reported $36,995 37%
Genetics 59% $26,929 $34,526 59%
Geography and Cartography 81% $27,000 $42,188 81%
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 63% $24,025 $39,369 63%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 48% $26,495 $29,940 48%
History 81% $27,000 $36,668 81%
Hospitality Administration/Management 91% $22,250 $46,040 91%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 76% $30,750 $33,014 76%
Human Resources Management and Services 82% $23,000 $52,941 82%
International Relations and National Security Studies 90% $26,887 $47,260 90%
International/Global Studies 43% $24,218 $31,314 43%
Journalism 72% $26,380 $35,772 72%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 41% $27,000 $31,133 41%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 67% $21,379 $59,124 67%
Marketing 97% $23,314 $55,234 97%
Materials Engineering 75% $22,998 $69,817 75%
Mathematics 46% $25,250 $44,989 46%
Mechanical Engineering 87% $22,500 $72,327 87%
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 72% $27,000 $38,289 72%
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7% Not Reported $33,993 7%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 11% $27,000 $25,580 11%
Music 69% $23,000 $31,236 69%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 46% $23,950 $32,391 46%
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 16% $27,000 $22,627 16%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 26% $24,500 $32,467 26%
Nutrition Sciences 1% $27,537 $17,481 1%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 27% $23,050 $29,685 27%
Physics 27% $27,000 $36,852 27%
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences 9% $26,800 $22,834 9%
Plant Sciences 63% $21,500 $40,312 63%
Political Science and Government 87% $27,000 $43,100 87%
Psychology, General 47% $26,250 $29,570 47%
Public Policy Analysis 50% $23,987 $41,193 50%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 79% $25,000 $42,295 79%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 35% $25,000 $61,498 35%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 95% $25,250 $41,565 95%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31% $27,000 $29,250 31%
Social Sciences, General 60% $29,569 $36,521 60%
Social Work 71% $26,359 $34,526 71%
Sociology 69% $25,000 $35,238 69%
Soil Sciences 28% $20,706 $41,464 28%
Special Education and Teaching 55% $26,000 $38,906 55%
Statistics 31% Not Reported $49,436 31%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 65% $28,000 $38,829 65%
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 77% $26,993 $35,653 77%
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 56% $27,000 $29,064 56%
Zoology/Animal Biology 41% $26,691 $24,311 41%

Salary Scores for MSU Master's Degrees

MSU ranks higher than 65% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 61% $20,500 $62,848 61%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 91% $51,250 $100,951 91%
Business/Commerce, General 98% $63,000 $126,206 98%
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 46% Not Reported $63,005 46%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 52% $60,015 $56,157 52%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 74% $47,222 $58,866 74%
Curriculum and Instruction 40% $23,768 $47,421 40%
Education, General 39% $28,600 $47,885 39%
Educational Administration and Supervision 39% $37,624 $52,789 39%
Educational/Instructional Media Design 38% $26,140 $51,665 38%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 41% Not Reported $90,146 41%
Fine and Studio Arts 24% Not Reported $25,194 24%
Food Science and Technology 97% $33,105 $85,538 97%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 39% $31,021 $40,551 39%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 47% $30,750 $63,749 47%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 47% $34,496 $40,896 47%
Human Resources Management and Services 97% $30,870 $92,885 97%
Journalism 6% Not Reported $31,848 6%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 61% $30,816 $90,146 61%
Marketing 44% $30,409 $62,632 44%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 61% $47,750 $45,030 61%
Music 47% $27,590 $31,314 47%
Pharmacology and Toxicology 86% $33,112 $75,204 86%
Public Health 43% $45,245 $52,107 43%
Public Policy Analysis 15% Not Reported $48,823 15%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 43% Not Reported $50,856 43%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 37% $49,857 $92,768 37%
Social Work 35% $47,052 $43,575 35%
Special Education and Teaching 28% $31,299 $45,584 28%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 51% Not Reported $44,858 51%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 46% Not Reported $48,823 46%

Salary Scores for MSU Doctoral Degrees

MSU ranks higher than 37% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 80% Not Reported $58,673 80%
Chemistry 40% Not Reported $67,660 40%
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 8% Not Reported $52,107 8%
Curriculum and Instruction 24% Not Reported $61,245 24%
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 33% Not Reported $58,673 33%
Educational Administration and Supervision 71% Not Reported $93,520 71%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 24% Not Reported $48,432 24%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 95% Not Reported $81,997 95%
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 86% Not Reported $76,460 86%
Medicine 26% $248,321 $55,195 26%
Music 85% $36,224 $47,260 85%
Physics 45% Not Reported $80,391 45%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 71% Not Reported $63,005 71%
Sociology 69% Not Reported $73,949 69%
Veterinary Medicine 74% $175,865 $83,230 74%

Salary Scores for MSU Certificates

MSU ranks higher than 59% of colleges for certificates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agricultural Business and Management 73% $7,250 $39,369 73%
Agricultural Production Operations 23% $10,000 $25,967 23%
Animal Sciences 76% Not Reported $40,281 76%
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services 59% $14,836 $38,289 59%

Michigan State University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Leo von Otterschnapps 3/18/2019

DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!! They have completely changed the curriculum and they DO NOT TEACH!!!! They have tried to copy other schools that are using "flipped" curriculums, but they have done very little preparation! They just implemented the new curriculum in Fall of 2018 and it is a COMPLETE DISASTER!!!! They do not teach the material, they are completely unorganized, and they constantly apologize and tell the students to "be patient" because they are just learning how to teach this way! Most of... Read More

Michael Dunn 2/23/2019

MSU is a terrific institution with a spirited student body and boundless resources. In my study of History, I encountered some of the most dedicated teaching faculty in my higher education career. They were certainly dedicated to their research, but also to the success and progress of their students. While the university is quite large, I found a home in my college and my degree program. It made my community feel smaller and allowed me to build personal and professional connections more easily. MSU's student... Read More