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Salaries by Major at Southern Methodist University

How much money do Southern Methodist University graduates make and which majors earn the most upon graduating? Six years after enrolling, alumni who are working have average earnings of $58,100 per year. After ten years, graduates earn $73,000 on average.

In terms of specific areas of study, the following is a ranking of degree programs by the median first-year starting salaries for SMU graduates.

The undergraduate degree which initially pays the highest is Computer Science with a median starting salary of $72,100 followed by Operations Research paying $70,100 and Mechanical Engineering graduates who have a median starting income of $68,400 .

Looking at post-graduate and doctorate students, those completing the Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations (Master's Degree) program rank first with a median initial income of $106,500 followed by Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) at $105,600 and Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) who earn $100,900 .

Note about salary data: First year earnings data are aggregated by the US Department of Education and analyzes IRS reported income for Southern Methodist University graduates who received federal financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Not all graduates or fields of study are represented as data for some degree programs are omitted for privacy purposes.

Median first-year earnings for Southern Methodist University graduates ranked by degree type and major
Major Earnings
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations (Master's Degree) $106,500
Business Administration, Management and Operations (Master's Degree) $105,600
Finance and Financial Management Services (Master's Degree) $100,900
Marketing (Master's Degree) $97,000
Systems Engineering (Master's Degree) $91,300
Computer Systems Analysis (Master's Degree) $78,700
Law (First Professional Degree) $75,600
Computer Science (Bachelorís Degree) $72,100
Operations Research (Bachelorís Degree) $70,100
Mechanical Engineering (Bachelorís Degree) $68,400
Finance and Financial Management Services (Bachelorís Degree) $68,100
Mathematics (Bachelorís Degree) $60,500
Accounting and Related Services (Master's Degree) $60,400
Economics (Bachelorís Degree) $59,000
Education, Other (Master's Degree) $56,400
Marketing (Bachelorís Degree) $53,900
Graphic Communications (Post-baccalaureate Certificate) $50,200
Political Science and Government (Bachelorís Degree) $49,100
Theological and Ministerial Studies (Master's Degree) $48,600
Graphic Communications (Master's Degree) $46,900
Health and Physical Education/Fitness (Bachelorís Degree) $45,600
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (Master's Degree) $43,000
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (Bachelorís Degree) $41,900
Communication and Media Studies (Bachelorís Degree) $39,900
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions (Master's Degree) $39,800
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (Bachelorís Degree) $39,300
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities (Bachelorís Degree) $39,100
Graphic Communications (Graduate/Professional Certificate) $38,800
English Language and Literature (Bachelorís Degree) $38,300
Journalism (Bachelorís Degree) $34,900
Fine and Studio Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $34,200
Music (Master's Degree) $33,200
Sociology (Bachelorís Degree) $32,100
Film/Video and Photographic Arts (Bachelorís Degree) $27,900
Biology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,500
Psychology (Bachelorís Degree) $26,400
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft (Bachelorís Degree) $17,600

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228246 IPEDS survey and College Scorecard data for Southern Methodist University.