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Economics at American University

Every economics school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the economics program at American University stacks up to those at other schools.

The American University is located in Washington, District of Columbia and approximately 14,318 students attend the school each year. Of the 491 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from American University in 2019, 95 of them were economics majors.

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

The American University Economics Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics
  • Master’s Degree in Economics
  • Doctorate Degree in Economics

Online Classes Are Available at The American University

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

Are you one of the many who prefer to take online classes? The American University offers distance education options for economics at the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

The American University Economics Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks economics programs across the country. The following shows how The American University performed in these rankings.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The economics major at The American University is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Economics. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Value Economics Graduate Certificate Schools 13
Most Focused Economics Master’s Degree Schools 18
Most Popular Economics Schools 78
Best Value Economics Schools 282
Best Value Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools 382

In 2019, 58 students received their master’s degree in economics from The American University. This makes it the #17 most popular school for economics master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 16 students who received their doctoral degrees in economics, making the school the #18 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of The American University Economics Graduates

The median salary of economics students who receive their bachelor's degree at The American University is $45,300. This is great news for graduates of the program, since this figure is 2% higher than the national average of $44,300 for all economics bachelor's degree recipients.


Economics Student Demographics at The American University

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

The American University Economics Bachelor’s Program

48% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 52% of economics bachelor's degrees went to men and 48% went to women. The typical economics bachelor's degree program is made up of only 35% women. So female students are more repesented at The American University since its program graduates 14% more women than average.

The American University Gender Breakdown of Economics Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 9% more racial-ethnic minorities in its economics bachelor's program than the national average.*

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Economics Majors at American University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 16
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 40
International Students 17
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

The American University Economics Master’s Program

57% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
For the most recent academic year available, 43% of economics master's degrees went to men and 57% went to women.

The American University Gender Breakdown of Economics Master's Degree Grads

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Economics Majors at American University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 17
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 20

The American University also has a doctoral program available in economics. In 2019, 16 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Economics

The following economics concentations are available at American University. The table shows all degrees awarded in this field awarded for all degree levels at American University. A concentration may not be available for your level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
General Economics 157
Development Economics & International Development 6
International Economics 4
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 2
Other Economics 2

Careers That Economics Grads May Go Into

A degree in economics 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
Managers 19,910 $147,460
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 6,930 $79,770
Economists 6,380 $134,260
Economics Professors 230 $110,350
Survey Researchers 180 $73,690


*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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