5 Highest Paying Undergraduate Degree Programs

By on May 31, 2013

Bad news, liberal arts majors! Though this will arrive as no great shock, it is likely that your four year degree in sociology, political science, or Middle English literature will not offer the highest return on your investment. People have been saying it for years, but more and more surveys are showing that all the good money is in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The Huffington Post reported recently that the folks over at NerdWallet, a personal finance site based in San Francisco, had crunched the numbers on which degrees from which universities would pay you the most after graduation. The findings? Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science graduates are number one, making $84,400 in their first year. Second and third place go to Stanford Engineering alumni and New York University School of Nursing grads, respectively. (You can check out the entire list at Forbes, it is pretty fascinating stuff.)

As interesting as the list of great degrees by university is, it is not all that useful for people who are not currently enrolled in those universities or have no intention of doing so. Instead, what we need is a more general list of what degree programs are going to pay you well the minute you step out of undergrad.

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