Strong return on investment for Kennesaw State graduates



PayScale study ranks KSU alumni highly in earning potential

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 15, 2017) — Kennesaw State University graduates earn higher salaries in their chosen career fields than those from the majority of Georgia’s colleges and universities, according to this year’s rankings by salary information company PayScale.

Kennesaw State ranked fifth out of 41 public and private institutions in Georgia in PayScale’s 2017 College Salary Report. The study of graduates’ salaries determined that KSU alumni with bachelor’s degrees earn a median early-career (five or fewer years’ experience) salary of $48,800 and a median mid-career (10 or more years’ experience) salary of $90,800.

“This ranking confirms that a degree from Kennesaw State is bringing a strong return on investment,” University President Sam Olens said. “Kennesaw State is known for its excellence in teaching, which produces graduates who are well-prepared and ready to contribute in their fields. Their earning potential reflects that.”

The most popular vocations for Kennesaw State alumni include the software development, banking and risk management industries, according to the study. The most popular field is information technology services, in which Kennesaw State graduates make an average of $53,000.

The highest-paid Kennesaw State alumni include those with a Master of Business Administration, earning an average of $120,000 per year. Atlanta is a common destination for KSU graduates and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $86,000.

A key factor for Kennesaw State in the study was that 21 percent of the University’s degrees were awarded in the sought-after STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) disciplines, tying KSU for sixth-best in the state. Kennesaw State is committed to continuing to increase its STEM offerings, including recently adding bachelor’s degree programs in cybersecurity and digital animation and a master’s degree in engineering management.

Olens credited the University’s Department of Career Planning and Development for expanding its partnerships with top employers and increasing the internship, co-op and career opportunities for Kennesaw State students. The Department hosted 562 employers on campus and approximately 2,000 students interned for academic credit in the 2016-17 academic year.

To see the complete PayScale rankings, click here.

– Paul Floeckher


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit