Best master’s in English programs in California

We ranked the top grad schools for English according to economic returns. Three years after completing their degree, master’s degree in English graduates earn a weighted average salary of $42,111. Our graduate English rankings cover 65 of the 226 programs available, accounting for 47% of total conferrals. 

We are unable to include schools for which there are insufficient earnings and/or debt data. For more information on how we determine the best English programs, please visit our methodology page.


 

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#1 in California | #6 in English nationally

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, California

Economic score: 0.50

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $50,315

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $3,700

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,373

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.54

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #7 in English nationally

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Economic score: 0.51

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $56,999

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,415

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $35,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.62

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #15 in English nationally

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 0.65

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $44,644

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $2,006

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,910

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.63

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #28 in English nationally

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Economic score: 0.82

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $45,263

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,307

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $36,173

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.80

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #30 in English nationally

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

Economic score: 0.85

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $44,301

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,349

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $36,378

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.82

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in California | #32 in English nationally

California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.87

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $46,087

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $565

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $39,669

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.86

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in California | #40 in English nationally

California State University, Northridge

Northridge, California

Economic score: 1.06

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $37,339

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $9,259

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $31,830

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.85

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in California | #42 in English nationally

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Economic score: 1.08

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $35,416

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $11,190

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $29,033

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.82

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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How long does it take to pay down debt in english language & lit in California?

Years

Under a year

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in english language & lit is covered by average graduate earnings in under a year.

How much do graduates with master's degree in english language & lit earn in California?

Salary

$46,697

The median master's degree in english language & lit graduate earns $46,697 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in english language & lit cost in California?

Net cost

$15,452

The average annual cost of a master's degree in english language & lit is $15,452. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.