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Master’s Degrees in Writing Studies

3,877 Yearly Graduations
$33,250 Median Salary
$41,000 Median Debt
There are 271 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a master's degree in writing. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 24% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.9% of writing graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Writing Majors

In 2018-2019, 3,877 earned their master's degree in writing. This makes it the 46th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in writing at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 7,462
Master’s Degree 3,877
Basic Certificate 2,479
Associate’s Degree 309
Graduate Certificate 240
Doctor’s Degree 151
Undergraduate Certificate 111

Earnings of Writing Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in writing is $33,250. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $29,250 to a high of $38,425.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in writing is $41,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $48,162 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $38,118.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $478.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in writing. About 66.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,314
Women 2,563
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Writing

The racial-ethnic distribution of writing master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 155
Black or African American 285
Hispanic or Latino 323
White 2,514
International Students 152
Other Races/Ethnicities 448
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Writing Master's Degree Students

There are 271 colleges that offer a master’s degree in writing. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

123 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 31,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

The writing program at Columbia University in the City of New York awarded 123 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 60% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
121 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Full Sail University. Each year, around 21,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their master's degree in writing from Full Sail University. Around 51% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#3

The New School

New York, New York
100 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree is The New School. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $49,770 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,710 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 100 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at New School University. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 65% were women.

#4

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri
96 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lindenwood University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Roughly 8,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,000 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $18,000 per year.

The writing program at Lindenwood University awarded 96 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 68% were women and 21% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Vermont College of Fine Arts

Montpelier, Vermont
94 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vermont College of Fine Arts comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts awarded 94 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 86% were women.

#6

New York University

New York, New York
77 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree is New York University. Roughly 52,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 77 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at NYU. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

#7

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, New York
65 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sarah Lawrence College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Each year, around 1,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,020 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,034 per year.

The writing program at Sarah Lawrence College awarded 65 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 72% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
64 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queens University of Charlotte comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $34,438 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,824 per year.

The writing program at Queens University of Charlotte awarded 64 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 73% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland
63 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Johns Hopkins University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,350 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $55,350 per year.

The writing program at Johns Hopkins University awarded 63 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 76% of this group were women, and 17% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
57 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Iowa is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Each year, around 31,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 57 people received their master's degree in writing from Iowa. About 53% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota
54 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hamline University comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 3,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $41,734 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,596 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at Hamline. Of these students, 70% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
47 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Emerson College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 4,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,280 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,624 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at Emerson. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#12

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
47 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Riverside. Each year, around 25,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 47 people received their master's degree in writing from UCR. About 72% of this group were women, and 32% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
45 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Arizona University comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 30,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

The writing program at Northern Arizona University awarded 45 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 78% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, North Carolina
42 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Warren Wilson College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Roughly 700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,600 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $20,400 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 42 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at Warren Wilson. Of these students, 67% were women and 31% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

National University

La Jolla, California
39 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

National University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,320 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,480 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their master's degree in writing from National University. About 41% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
39 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas State University is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Roughly 38,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,052 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,751 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 master's degrees were handed out to writing majors at Texas State. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 54% were women.

38 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bowling Green State University - Main Campus is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in writing. Each year, around 17,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,278 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,017 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their master's degree in writing from BGSU. Of these students, 76% were women and 5% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
37 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for writing majors who are seeking their master's degree is Chatham University. Each year, around 2,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,363 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,766 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 people received their master's degree in writing from Chatham. About 78% of this group were women, and 16% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Goddard College

Plainfield, Vermont
36 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Goddard College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in writing. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $17,084 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their master's degree in writing from Goddard College. Of these students, 58% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to writing that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General English Literature 4,112
Literature 159
Other English Literature 132

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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