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Writing Studies at American University

What traits are you looking for in a writing school? To help you decide if American University is right for you, we've gathered the following information about the school's writing program.

The American University is located in Washington, District of Columbia and has a total student population of 14,001.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Writing Studies section at the bottom of this page.

The American University Writing Studies Degrees Available

  • Master’s Degree in Writing

The American University Writing Studies Rankings

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Writing Student Demographics at The American University

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the writing majors at American University.

The American University Writing Studies Master’s Program

60% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 20 students who earned a master's degree in Writing Studies from The American University in 2020-2021, 40% were men and 60% were women. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 31% men graduate in writing each year. The American University does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 9% more men than average.


In the writing master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 45% of degree recipients. That is 16% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from American University with a master's in writing.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 9
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Careers That Writing Grads May Go Into

A degree in writing can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for DC, the home state for American University.

Occupation Jobs in DC Average Salary in DC
Editors 3,330 $89,710
Writers and Authors 1,250 $101,690
Technical Writers 660 $86,120
English Language and Literature Professors 370 $115,590


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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