Western Carolina University Rankings Based on Salary

  • Western Carolina University ranks better than only 28% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • Western Carolina University ranks better than 54% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at Western Carolina University

We calculated a salary score for each of Western Carolina 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 Western Carolina 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 WCU Bachelor's Degrees

WCU ranks higher than 28% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 12% $19,086 $39,153 12%
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 48% $23,694 $49,918 48%
Anthropology 55% $23,250 $27,307 55%
Biology, General 21% $21,500 $24,730 21%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 14% $19,887 $33,490 14%
Chemistry 22% $27,000 $32,569 22%
Communication and Media Studies 18% $24,250 $27,753 18%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 7% $26,378 $16,663 7%
Computer Science 19% Not Reported $50,856 19%
Construction Engineering Technologies 13% $27,000 $55,061 13%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 52% $21,500 $35,891 52%
Design and Applied Arts 36% Not Reported $32,174 36%
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 1% $25,500 $16,478 1%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 41% $22,500 $22,192 41%
Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians 33% $27,500 $55,036 33%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering 21% Not Reported $63,600 21%
Engineering Technology, General 63% $22,500 $57,770 63%
English Language and Literature, General 31% $18,750 $26,585 31%
Finance and Financial Management Services 11% $21,500 $38,289 11%
Fine and Studio Arts 51% $23,032 $26,353 51%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 60% $26,937 $31,423 60%
History 23% $25,605 $25,967 23%
Hospitality Administration/Management 12% $21,508 $30,186 12%
International/Global Studies 22% Not Reported $25,194 22%
Management Information Systems and Services 15% $24,798 $43,240 15%
Marketing 17% $23,500 $36,016 17%
Mathematics 10% Not Reported $31,848 10%
Music 71% $30,750 $31,527 71%
Natural Resources Management and Policy 42% $17,750 $33,281 42%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 11% $23,250 $26,933 11%
Political Science and Government 6% $25,500 $24,730 6%
Psychology, General 12% $23,344 $24,351 12%
Public Administration 92% $12,500 $58,221 92%
Public Health 71% $25,500 $38,289 71%
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication 12% $25,000 $23,351 12%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 24% $16,393 $57,705 24%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 38% $24,850 $29,685 38%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3% Not Reported $19,045 3%
Security Science and Technology 59% Not Reported $40,068 59%
Social Work 30% $23,951 $29,882 30%
Sociology 12% $23,250 $26,121 12%
Special Education and Teaching 35% Not Reported $36,488 35%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 46% $24,000 $35,399 46%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 56% $27,000 $37,568 56%

Salary Scores for WCU Master's Degrees

WCU ranks higher than 27% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 14% $20,500 $54,522 14%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 45% $30,193 $68,079 45%
Chemistry 14% Not Reported $42,235 14%
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services 13% $39,536 $48,432 13%
Construction Engineering Technologies 68% Not Reported $76,460 68%
Education, General 14% $20,763 $40,598 14%
Educational Administration and Supervision 43% $13,500 $54,296 43%
English Language and Literature, General 23% Not Reported $32,711 23%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 17% $28,749 $45,919 17%
Human Resources Management and Services 33% $23,016 $56,641 33%
Public Administration 14% Not Reported $42,235 14%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 47% $30,023 $99,143 47%
Social Work 25% $34,144 $41,844 25%
Student Counseling and Personnel Services 22% $40,526 $39,489 22%

Salary Scores for WCU Doctoral Degrees

WCU ranks higher than 15% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Educational Administration and Supervision 46% Not Reported $80,964 46%
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions 9% $48,422 $63,005 9%

Western Carolina University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

B 6/26/2019

Western Carolina University is a great institution for higher learning that is located in the beautiful mountain of Western North Carolina. Western Carolina University is a welcoming University where the faculty take pride and interest in their students success. While Western Carolina University is wonderful institution for learning, it is also fortunate enough to be located in an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Western Carolina University has the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop that offers amazing... Read More

Tanya Bryson 6/20/2019

The Bachelor os Science in Emergency Medical Care at Western Carolina University is one of the top in the Nation. It accommodates both traditional and distance learning students and meets accreditation standards. It was the first such program in the nation and has a history and reputation as a leader in the area of Emergency medical Care. The program is also designed so that students can easily transition to graduate level studies in Science, medicine, health education, administration and management or other... Read More