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Survey: Mason graduates earn highest salaries in dozens of majors

George Mason University boasts the highest paid graduates in the country in a wide range of occupations—from biology and education to homeland security and fine arts, according to a new survey by College Factual.

Programs at Mason in biomedical sciences, English literature, psychology, social work and seven others ranked in the top 5 percent of salaries for graduates.

The Troy, N.Y.-based ranking service measures the quality and value of four-year undergraduate programs based on 11 factors, including post-graduate earnings, SAT scores, student loan default rates, starting salaries, faculty compensation and others.

Here are Mason programs that finished in the Top 5, 10 and 15 percent of their fields for highest paid graduates in the U.S.:

Top 5 percent:

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • General Biology
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • General English Literature
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Firefighting
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections
  • Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Fine and Studio Arts

Top 10 percent:

  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Teacher Education (subject-specific)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Writing Studies
  • Foreign Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Health Professions
  • Public Administration
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Drama and Theater Arts

Top 15 percent:

  • Business, Management and Marketing
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Public Health
  • History
  • Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Arts General Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Social Sciences
  • Geography and Cartography
  • Music

Also: Mason tops list for criminal justiceand corrections in national rankings. To see the rest of Mason’s College Factual rankings, click here.