Among the top graduate schools in Mississippi, concerning alumni salary data, is the master's program at Mississippi State University, where alums report a very healthy median mid-career salary. Second on our list of the best graduate schools in Mississippi is the University of Mississippi, where graduates with ten or more years of experience in the workforce also earn a comfortable salary. MSU is a slightly larger school with a total student enrollment of about 3,800 students, and U of M follows closely behind with a total enrollment of about 2,800. And while both schools are public and great for research and sports fans, U of M is known to be more of a party school.
While there's a greater difference in mid-career salary earnings for the two schools, they are extremely close when it comes to the early career median salaries that they post for alumni. And while roughly 68 percent of students at MSU have reported that they find high meaning in their careers, more than 80 percent of U of M students feel the same. MSU is split evenly between men and women, while MSU is split slightly more towards female students (about 55 percent).
In spite of its graduates having a relatively low earning potential, U of M's Medical Center is known and respected worldwide because of its researchers' role in helping to discover the first 'functional cure' for HIV/AIDS in infants. The state of Mississippi as a whole has a number of additional claims to fame, including being the birthplace of William Faulkner, Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Tennessee Williams, and Oprah.