Best Graduate Schools in Maryland by Salary Potential

Maryland has great options for anybody considering a graduate degree. [Read More]

With its proximity to the nation's capital, it's no surprise that the Old Line State of Maryland is home to graduate schools with academic prestige and serious earning potential.

If you want to go to school with the highest earners in Maryland, take the LSAT and enroll at The University of Baltimore's School of Law. Not only is the University of Baltimore's law school the alma mater of famous names like Spiro Agnew, its alumni report among the highest median mid-career salaries in Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University is one of the most respected and highest-ranked universities in the world. Johns Hopkins is known for its role as a founding member of the American Association of Universities as well as the first research university in the Western Hemisphere. It also produces some the highest earning grad school alumni in the country.

The PhD program at Hopkins is usually the top earning graduate school on our list of best graduate schools in Maryland. The master's degree program at Johns Hopkins is the highest non-MBA master's degree alumni salary in Maryland as well. Not surprisingly, Johns Hopkins has a strong STEM program in their graduate degree programs -- about 50 percent of doctoral degrees are STEM subjects and about 30 percent of master's degrees are STEM-based.

Hopkins alums cite their alma mater as the source of meaningful work as well as profitable careers. The Johns Hopkins University PhD alumni have a high percentage of high job meaning; about 90 percent of doctoral grads think their jobs make the world a better place. John Hopkins has a strong emphasis on medical fields, and jobs in medicine tend to be some of the most meaningful.

The school's primary campus is located in Baltimore, near Charm City's affluent Rolling Park neighborhood as well as the quirky and creative neighborhood of Hampden. The latter is often featured (along with pink flamingos and bee-hived 'Hons'), in films by beloved Baltimore director John Waters. Many of Maryland's top earning graduate schools are also located in Baltimore, which is the home of the Ravens and the Orioles, the setting for the storied television show The Wire, and the birthplace of Babe Ruth.

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