American University Rankings Based on Salary

  • American University ranks better than 84% of colleges, based on bachelor's salaries.
  • American University ranks better than only 36% of colleges, based on debt for a bachelor's degree.
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Salary and Debt by Major at American University

We calculated a salary score for each of American University's programs by comparing program-specific median alumni earnings to median alumni earnings for the same program across all schools that provide this data. This way, students can compare the relative salary strength of a specific major at American University to the same major at other schools. A school's overall score by level is a weighted average of all of its program scores. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard and was last updated in December 2020. It reflects median alumni debt upon graduation and median alumni earnings in the year after graduation for students who received federal financial aid.

Salary Scores for AU Bachelor's Degrees

AU ranks higher than 84% of colleges for bachelor's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Area Studies 76% $26,000 $39,648 76%
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians 71% $23,250 $30,409 71%
Biology, General 76% $23,250 $32,711 76%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 88% $23,250 $53,202 88%
Communication and Media Studies 96% $26,000 $44,933 96%
Computer Science 61% $26,642 $73,321 61%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 63% $25,000 $37,748 63%
Design and Applied Arts 83% Not Reported $42,682 83%
Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft 24% Not Reported $20,140 24%
Economics 46% $23,875 $47,650 46%
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies 90% Not Reported $36,134 90%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 91% $23,050 $33,459 91%
Finance and Financial Management Services 88% $25,000 $62,154 88%
History 87% $26,798 $38,289 87%
International Relations and National Security Studies 77% $23,250 $43,039 77%
Journalism 89% $25,000 $39,369 89%
Literature 96% $26,000 $39,369 96%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 80% $24,187 $44,055 80%
Music 61% Not Reported $29,685 61%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate) 95% $26,000 $50,606 95%
Political Science and Government 96% $22,250 $47,260 96%
Psychology, General 84% $25,000 $34,704 84%
Public Health 64% $25,000 $36,992 64%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 98% $25,767 $48,725 98%
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 91% Not Reported $42,682 91%
Sociology 89% $23,500 $39,369 89%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 99% $26,798 $51,690 99%

Salary Scores for AU Master's Degrees

AU ranks higher than 79% of colleges for master's degrees, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Accounting and Related Services 70% Not Reported $64,493 70%
Area Studies 41% Not Reported $39,369 41%
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management 61% Not Reported $47,650 61%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 80% $85,000 $89,130 80%
Communication and Media Studies 88% $51,250 $62,479 88%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 78% Not Reported $61,516 78%
Criminal Justice and Corrections 80% Not Reported $61,681 80%
Curriculum and Instruction 99% Not Reported $70,009 99%
Economics 87% $51,250 $80,964 87%
Educational Administration and Supervision 75% $33,938 $65,332 75%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 99% $63,338 $48,823 99%
Finance and Financial Management Services 58% Not Reported $81,659 58%
Fine and Studio Arts 46% $41,000 $30,409 46%
Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services 70% $51,250 $52,107 70%
History 81% $51,250 $47,260 81%
Homeland Security 33% $41,000 $57,318 33%
International and Comparative Education 54% $49,600 $52,607 54%
International Relations and National Security Studies 69% $70,556 $61,948 69%
Journalism 67% $56,096 $47,260 67%
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies 35% $64,655 $57,995 35%
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods 48% $41,000 $82,882 48%
Natural Resources Conservation and Research 77% Not Reported $57,318 77%
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 85% $61,546 $54,996 85%
Philosophy 76% $56,582 $44,933 76%
Political Science and Government 57% Not Reported $50,465 57%
Public Administration 95% $60,489 $72,708 95%
Public Health 59% Not Reported $57,318 59%
Public Policy Analysis 48% $61,500 $59,485 48%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 45% $53,000 $51,273 45%
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 93% Not Reported $52,107 93%
Special Education and Teaching 85% $42,000 $58,221 85%
Statistics 32% Not Reported $79,473 32%
Taxation 98% Not Reported $110,878 98%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 95% $51,250 $58,866 95%

Salary Scores for AU Doctoral Degrees

AU ranks higher than 46% of colleges for doctorates, based on salary.

Field of Study Salary Score Median Debt Median Salary Salary Score
Anthropology 53% Not Reported $53,358 53%
Law 46% $177,999 $65,833 46%

American University Reviews

Most Recent Reviews

Jesse Davidson 9/29/2019

While I generally enjoyed my experience at American University (AU), I believe the university is caught in an identity crisis. The school has many departments that together can provide a very good liberal arts education. Historically, this type of education has been what AU has specialized in. However, the university is in the process of trying to remodel itself as a research institution. This change has come at the expense of instruction. Rather than supporting their professors in their pursuit of teaching... Read More

LA 10/17/2018

American University is a prestigious school in Northwest Washington, DC. The main campus is beautiful and the school itself offers a large assortment of degree programs and classes. One of the strengths of the public health program is that it requires every student to participate in an internship in order to graduate. This provided me with an amazing opportunity to take what I learned in class into the real world. Three things I wish the school could improve upon are providing better mental health services,... Read More