The Hawkeye State has a host of interesting claims to fame, both educational and otherwise. If you are considering graduate school options in Iowa, use PayScale's College Salary Report to find a program where alumni go on to be successful and earn enough to pay back their student loans.
Holders of doctoral degrees from Iowa State University earn high median mid-career salaries, beating out several MBA programs. Why do ISU PhD alumni earn so much? It probably has something to do with the fact that a whopping near-60 percent of the doctorates they award are in high-paying STEM degrees.
The Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa has one of the highest earning potentials of business schools in Iowa and is consistently recognized as a high-earning graduate program on a national scale. According to the PayScale's College Salary Report, Tippie alums with 10 or more years of experience in the workplace report a median mid-career salary of more than $100,000. Forbes ranked Tippie as the 20th best business school in the country in 2013 and US News & World Report deems it the forty-third best full-time MBA program in the US (2014-2015).
Iowa State University, which is the oldest land-grant college in the country, is one of the most profitable non-MBA graduate programs on our list. ISU also has the highest percentage of STEM degrees; about a third of alums graduate with master's degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Noteworthy ISU alums with graduate degrees include Sawsan Al-Sharifi, the former Iraqui Minister of Agriculture, and Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, the former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs.