Best Graduate Schools in California by Salary Potential

California has the most graduate school options of any state. Find out which schools produce alumni with serious earning potential. [Read More]

If you want to earn an advanced degree in the Golden State, you have got some excellent universities to choose from. PayScale's College Salary Report has alumni salary data for dozens of graduate programs in California, and many of them boast alumni salaries of over $100,000. (Good news, since if you stay in California after graduation, the cost of living isn't exactly cheap.) Not only is California home to one of the top public college systems in the country, the state has a variety of private top graduate schools offering a master's degree, MBA, JD or PhD with high salary potential.

When you think of top schools in California, names like Stanford and UC Berkeley leap to mind. But a school that frequently has the highest salary potential on our list of top California graduate schools is the UCLA's School of Law, where alumni report a median mid-career salary of almost $200,000.

Another perennial top performer is Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, a big advantage for students who study law at Santa Clara because of future job prospects and networking opportunities.

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If you're considering a PhD or non-MBA master's degree, Stanford should be a top-choise in both categories. Fifty-two percent of the master's degrees granted by Stanford are categorized as STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects, which generally lead to higher-paying jobs than non-STEM majors.

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