Southern Methodist University Rankings by Salary Score

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Salary and Debt by Major at Southern Methodist University

We calculated a salary score for each of Southern Methodist 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 Southern Methodist 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 SMU Bachelor's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 93 88% 88% $20,500 $33,990 93
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 98 100% 100% Not Reported $41,190 98
Biology, General 50 89% 89% $21,750 $28,960 50
Business Administration, Management and Operations 97 83% 83% $14,000 $59,050 97
Communication and Media Studies 90 100% 100% $23,250 $41,570 90
Computer Science 67 100% 100% $17,500 $75,990 67
Dance 62 94% 94% Not Reported $25,190 62
Design and Applied Arts 99 100% 100% Not Reported $52,730 99
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 67 100% 100% $19,560 $25,190 67
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94 100% 100% Not Reported $46,480 94
Economics 72 96% 96% $18,750 $55,440 72
English Language and Literature, General 94 87% 87% Not Reported $38,290 94
Finance and Financial Management Services 98 96% 96% $15,500 $71,660 98
Fine and Studio Arts 100 96% 96% $24,030 $47,260 100
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 100 86% 86% $16,750 $47,730 100
History 94 90% 90% $23,000 $41,340 94
International/Global Studies 82 86% 86% Not Reported $42,680 82
Journalism 93 97% 97% $21,500 $40,770 93
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 99 100% 100% Not Reported $48,670 99
Marketing 99 100% 100% $16,750 $57,320 99
Mathematics 97 90% 90% $19,000 $66,400 97
Mechanical Engineering 71 91% 91% $23,250 $68,860 71
Music 40 89% 89% $20,500 $25,970 40
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 78 92% 92% Not Reported $43,800 78
Operations Research 36 100% 100% Not Reported $76,460 36
Political Science and Government 50 95% 95% $17,000 $35,420 50
Psychology, General 84 98% 98% $21,500 $34,600 84
Public Policy Analysis 37 94% 94% $14,000 $38,290 37
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 87 99% 99% $18,500 $44,080 87
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94 88% 88% $14,000 $43,800 94
Sociology 80 95% 95% Not Reported $37,210 80
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 30 100% 100% Not Reported $33,990 30

Salary Scores for SMU Master's Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 62 98% 98% $41,000 $63,140 62
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education 68 91% 91% Not Reported $59,490 68
Business Administration, Management and Operations 97 94% 94% $90,120 $111,770 97
Computer Engineering 85 100% 100% Not Reported $122,040 85
Computer Systems Analysis 94 97% 97% $79,700 $96,690 94
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 61 100% 100% Not Reported $36,400 61
Education, Other 49 97% 97% $21,910 $55,170 49
Engineering-Related Fields 69 100% 100% Not Reported $100,850 69
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 71 96% 96% $82,680 $101,560 71
Finance and Financial Management Services 87 99% 99% $64,680 $101,410 87
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 69 100% 100% Not Reported $45,530 69
Information Science/Studies 95 97% 97% $52,380 $109,100 95
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 35 96% 96% $53,500 $58,000 35
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 64 88% 88% Not Reported $52,110 64
Manufacturing Engineering 33 100% 100% Not Reported $89,420 33
Marketing 93 94% 94% $87,500 $97,630 93
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 30 91% 91% $68,020 $39,010 30
Music 62 96% 96% $41,000 $35,950 62
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 66 97% 97% $47,100 $49,330 66
Real Estate 66 100% 100% $100,160 $100,520 66
Systems Engineering 39 100% 100% Not Reported $98,400 39
Taxation 16 95% 95% Not Reported $61,730 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 80 100% 100% Not Reported $56,930 80
Theological and Ministerial Studies 67 97% 97% $52,960 $51,110 67

Salary Scores for SMU Doctoral Degrees

Field of Study Salary Score Employment Rate Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Law 73 96% 96% $141,370 $87,720 73

Most Recent Reviews

Yanina Vashchenko 7/16/2019

I highly recommend the dispute resolution program at SMU because it really prepares students for the world of work, no matter the career path. The skills we learn in the program can be applied at work, in the community, in personal relationships and even in the broader global context. We learn how to mediate between two or more people, how to conduct dispute resolution online, how to advise others on career choices, how to troubleshoot work issues, and so much more. The best part of the dispute resolution... Read More

Bob Byrd 11/28/2018

I found that the theatre program was so absorbing and demanding that I had no connection with so-called campus life. I did see a lot of students on the campus who seemed to be there for the good times, and they were mostly attractive. I never felt excluded by these people. They just lived in a different world. I recently visited the campus again, and found the students a little less glamorous but much more intellectual. And even friendlier than in the 1960s. I didn't see as many expensive cars as in the 60s,... Read More