Michigan State University Rankings by Salary Score

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Bachelor's
 65
Master's
 37
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Michigan State University's Top Rankings

Michigan State University is ranked on 17 lists of the best colleges by earnings one year out of college.


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 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 MSU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 84 96% 96% $22,850 $56,640 84
Agricultural Business and Management 66 98% 98% $19,500 $46,670 66
Agricultural Engineering 55 100% 100% $23,500 $57,860 55
Animal Sciences 82 96% 96% $21,500 $34,810 82
Anthropology 4 95% 95% $28,750 $18,190 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology 75 90% 90% $26,000 $38,950 75
Biology, General 32 95% 95% $26,000 $26,520 32
Botany/Plant Biology 74 100% 100% Not Reported $31,840 74
Business Administration, Management and Operations 99 98% 98% $22,000 $63,010 99
Chemical Engineering 68 99% 99% $24,800 $70,680 68
Chemistry 77 92% 92% $26,830 $43,800 77
Civil Engineering 77 99% 99% $27,000 $65,300 77
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 9 98% 98% $27,780 $44,020 9
Communication and Media Studies 81 96% 96% $26,430 $39,110 81
Computer and Information Sciences, General 87 97% 97% $22,250 $75,810 87
Computer Engineering 67 97% 97% $27,000 $77,000 67
Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management 15 100% 100% Not Reported $43,800 15
Construction Engineering Technologies 81 95% 95% $29,000 $71,300 81
Criminal Justice and Corrections 68 98% 98% $26,000 $38,720 68
Design and Applied Arts 75 100% 100% $27,600 $40,440 75
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 53 94% 94% $22,610 $33,990 53
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 72 80% 80% $29,000 $36,670 72
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 92 95% 95% $24,970 $35,060 92
Economics 52 96% 96% $23,050 $49,410 52
Education, General 82 98% 98% $24,250 $41,210 82
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 76 99% 99% $23,000 $76,460 76
Engineering-Related Fields 69 99% 99% $24,790 $66,770 69
Engineering, General 77 98% 98% $26,000 $67,550 77
Engineering, Other 30 100% 100% $27,390 $55,000 30
English Language and Literature, General 82 93% 93% $25,800 $34,700 82
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 7 100% 100% Not Reported $22,190 7
Finance and Financial Management Services 85 97% 97% $23,000 $60,860 85
Fine and Studio Arts 55 84% 84% $26,130 $26,930 55
Food Science and Technology 62 100% 100% $23,500 $48,430 62
Forestry 37 95% 95% Not Reported $37,000 37
Genetics 59 100% 100% $26,930 $34,530 59
Geography and Cartography 81 93% 93% $27,000 $42,190 81
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences 63 100% 100% $24,030 $39,370 63
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 48 94% 94% $26,500 $29,940 48
History 81 96% 96% $27,000 $36,670 81
Hospitality Administration/Management 91 99% 99% $22,250 $46,040 91
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 76 98% 98% $30,750 $33,010 76
Human Resources Management and Services 82 96% 96% $23,000 $52,940 82
International Relations and National Security Studies 90 97% 97% $26,890 $47,260 90
International/Global Studies 43 95% 95% $24,220 $31,310 43
Journalism 72 98% 98% $26,380 $35,770 72
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 41 92% 92% $27,000 $31,130 41
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 67 100% 100% $21,380 $59,120 67
Marketing 97 99% 99% $23,310 $55,230 97
Materials Engineering 75 100% 100% $23,000 $69,820 75
Mathematics 46 96% 96% $25,250 $44,990 46
Mechanical Engineering 87 99% 99% $22,500 $72,330 87
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology 72 93% 93% $27,000 $38,290 72
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7 89% 89% Not Reported $33,990 7
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 11 91% 91% $27,000 $25,580 11
Music 69 96% 96% $23,000 $31,240 69
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 46 98% 98% $23,950 $32,390 46
Neurobiology and Neurosciences 16 93% 93% $27,000 $22,630 16
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 26 93% 93% $24,500 $32,470 26
Nutrition Sciences 1 97% 97% $27,540 $17,480 1
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 27 95% 95% $23,050 $29,690 27
Physics 27 94% 94% $27,000 $36,850 27
Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences 9 93% 93% $26,800 $22,830 9
Plant Sciences 63 100% 100% $21,500 $40,310 63
Political Science and Government 87 98% 98% $27,000 $43,100 87
Psychology, General 47 96% 96% $26,250 $29,570 47
Public Policy Analysis 50 95% 95% $23,990 $41,190 50
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 79 97% 97% $25,000 $42,300 79
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 35 100% 100% $25,000 $61,500 35
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 95 98% 98% $25,250 $41,570 95
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31 89% 89% $27,000 $29,250 31
Social Sciences, General 60 97% 97% $29,570 $36,520 60
Social Work 71 96% 96% $26,360 $34,530 71
Sociology 69 99% 99% $25,000 $35,240 69
Soil Sciences 28 98% 98% $20,710 $41,460 28
Special Education and Teaching 55 97% 97% $26,000 $38,910 55
Statistics 31 100% 100% Not Reported $49,440 31
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 65 95% 95% $28,000 $38,830 65
Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians 77 100% 100% $26,990 $35,650 77
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management 56 100% 100% $27,000 $29,060 56
Zoology/Animal Biology 41 98% 98% $26,690 $24,310 41

Salary Scores for MSU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 61 99% 99% $20,500 $62,850 61
Business Administration, Management and Operations 91 97% 97% $51,250 $100,950 91
Business/Commerce, General 98 99% 99% $63,000 $126,210 98
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions 46 100% 100% Not Reported $63,010 46
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 52 100% 100% $60,020 $56,160 52
Criminal Justice and Corrections 74 100% 100% $47,220 $58,870 74
Curriculum and Instruction 40 98% 98% $23,770 $47,420 40
Education, General 39 93% 93% $28,600 $47,890 39
Educational Administration and Supervision 39 100% 100% $37,620 $52,790 39
Educational/Instructional Media Design 38 96% 96% $26,140 $51,670 38
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 41 100% 100% Not Reported $90,150 41
Fine and Studio Arts 24 100% 100% Not Reported $25,190 24
Food Science and Technology 97 95% 95% $33,110 $85,540 97
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 39 97% 97% $31,020 $40,550 39
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 47 100% 100% $30,750 $63,750 47
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 47 96% 96% $34,500 $40,900 47
Human Resources Management and Services 97 98% 98% $30,870 $92,890 97
Journalism 6 100% 100% Not Reported $31,850 6
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 61 100% 100% $30,820 $90,150 61
Marketing 44 96% 96% $30,410 $62,630 44
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 61 98% 98% $47,750 $45,030 61
Music 47 98% 98% $27,590 $31,310 47
Pharmacology and Toxicology 86 96% 96% $33,110 $75,200 86
Public Health 43 97% 97% $45,250 $52,110 43
Public Policy Analysis 15 100% 100% Not Reported $48,820 15
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 43 93% 93% Not Reported $50,860 43
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 37 99% 99% $49,860 $92,770 37
Social Work 35 98% 98% $47,050 $43,580 35
Special Education and Teaching 28 100% 100% $31,300 $45,580 28
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 51 100% 100% Not Reported $44,860 51
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 46 100% 100% Not Reported $48,820 46

Salary Scores for MSU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 80 90% 90% Not Reported $58,670 80
Chemistry 40 92% 92% Not Reported $67,660 40
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology 8 100% 100% Not Reported $52,110 8
Curriculum and Instruction 24 90% 90% Not Reported $61,250 24
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology 33 89% 89% Not Reported $58,670 33
Educational Administration and Supervision 71 100% 100% Not Reported $93,520 71
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 24 100% 100% Not Reported $48,430 24
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 95 100% 100% Not Reported $82,000 95
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services 86 100% 100% Not Reported $76,460 86
Medicine 26 100% 100% $248,320 $55,200 26
Music 85 97% 97% $36,220 $47,260 85
Physics 45 92% 92% Not Reported $80,390 45
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 71 100% 100% Not Reported $63,010 71
Sociology 69 93% 93% Not Reported $73,950 69
Veterinary Medicine 74 97% 97% $175,870 $83,230 74

Salary Scores for MSU Certificates

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Agricultural Business and Management 73 96% 96% $7,250 $39,370 73
Agricultural Production Operations 23 90% 90% $10,000 $25,970 23
Animal Sciences 76 94% 94% Not Reported $40,280 76
Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services 59 94% 94% $14,840 $38,290 59

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