Southern Methodist University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Southern Methodist University ranks better than 90% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Southern Methodist University ranks better than 80% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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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 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 SMU Bachelor's Degrees

SMU ranks higher than 90% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 93% $20,500 $33,993 93%
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 98% Not Reported $41,193 98%
Biology, General 50% $21,750 $28,960 50%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 97% $14,000 $59,045 97%
Communication and Media Studies 90% $23,250 $41,565 90%
Computer Science 67% $17,500 $75,989 67%
Dance 62% Not Reported $25,194 62%
Design and Applied Arts 99% Not Reported $52,733 99%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 67% $19,561 $25,194 67%
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94% Not Reported $46,478 94%
Economics 72% $18,750 $55,443 72%
English Language and Literature, General 94% Not Reported $38,289 94%
Finance and Financial Management Services 98% $15,500 $71,661 98%
Fine and Studio Arts 99% $24,028 $47,260 99%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 99% $16,750 $47,729 99%
History 94% $23,000 $41,342 94%
International/Global Studies 82% Not Reported $42,682 82%
Journalism 93% $21,500 $40,768 93%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 99% Not Reported $48,667 99%
Marketing 99% $16,750 $57,318 99%
Mathematics 97% $19,000 $66,401 97%
Mechanical Engineering 71% $23,250 $68,858 71%
Music 40% $20,500 $25,967 40%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 78% Not Reported $43,798 78%
Operations Research 36% Not Reported $76,460 36%
Political Science and Government 50% $17,000 $35,416 50%
Psychology, General 84% $21,500 $34,603 84%
Public Policy Analysis 37% $14,000 $38,289 37%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 87% $18,500 $44,077 87%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 94% $14,000 $43,798 94%
Sociology 80% Not Reported $37,208 80%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 30% Not Reported $33,993 30%

Salary Scores for SMU Master's Degrees

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

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 62% $41,000 $63,140 62%
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education 68% Not Reported $59,485 68%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 97% $90,123 $111,769 97%
Computer Engineering 85% Not Reported $122,038 85%
Computer Systems Analysis 94% $79,704 $96,691 94%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 61% Not Reported $36,401 61%
Education, Other 49% $21,914 $55,169 49%
Engineering-Related Fields 69% Not Reported $100,849 69%
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 71% $82,679 $101,558 71%
Finance and Financial Management Services 87% $64,684 $101,406 87%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 69% Not Reported $45,529 69%
Information Science/Studies 95% $52,375 $109,095 95%
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 35% $53,500 $57,995 35%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 64% Not Reported $52,107 64%
Manufacturing Engineering 33% Not Reported $89,415 33%
Marketing 93% $87,500 $97,628 93%
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions 30% $68,021 $39,009 30%
Music 62% $41,000 $35,954 62%
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 66% $47,102 $49,331 66%
Real Estate 66% $100,162 $100,518 66%
Systems Engineering 39% Not Reported $98,403 39%
Taxation 16% Not Reported $61,728 16%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 80% Not Reported $56,931 80%
Theological and Ministerial Studies 67% $52,955 $51,106 67%

Salary Scores for SMU Doctoral Degrees

SMU ranks higher than 73% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Law 73% $141,372 $87,718 73%

Southern Methodist University Reviews

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