The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the ten most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard dataset. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students one year after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median federal student loan debt and a debt-to-earnings ratio.

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RankNameMedian debt of graduatesMedian annual earningsTotal debt as a % of annual earnings
1Sage School of Massage & Esthetics (OR)°57792475023%
2Salon Professional Academy–Fargo (ND)°86302466935%
3Metro Beauty Academy (PA)°74562437831%
4Cortiva Institute–Cromwell (CT)°70172383529%
5Pinnacle Career Institute–South Kansas City (MO)°75952371132%
6Center for the Healing Arts (NJ)°55642367923%
7University of Western States (OR)118602365950%
8Lincoln Technical Institute (NJ)°72052361131%
9Mind Body Institute (TN)°64152346927%
10Carrington College–Spokane (WA)°79052342234%
10Sarasota School of Massage Therapy (FL)°78761562250%
9Harris School of Business–Wilmington (DE)°66351523044%
8Great Lakes Institute of Technology (PA)°89161512559%
7Cayce/Reilly School of Massage (VA)64431505343%
6Dr. Ida Rolf Institute (CO)66101486044%
5Headlines Academy Inc (SD)°70071475647%
4College of Massage Therapy (ID)°61091456442%
3Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers (FL)°70141427749%
2Chattanooga State Community College (TN)*110381358681%
1South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (TX)°5998973562%
* = public
° = for-profit