MIT Students after Graduation

During 2014–2015, 305 employers recruited in MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Computer technology companies (24 percent), consulting (17 percent),

financial services (17 percent), engineering (11 percent), and energy (5 percent) were the top five industries participating in on-campus recruiting, accounting for 74 percent of total recruiters.

Undergraduates after Graduation

  • Twenty-one percent of 2015 bachelor’s degree graduates found jobs through various networking venues, including MIT faculty and administrators, GECD contacts, and professional conferences.
  • Twenty percent found jobs through a career fair.
  • Eighteen percent had internships that led to a full-time job offer.
  • Seventeen percent found jobs through on-campus recruiting and MIT-sponsored job listings.
  • Eighty-four percent of all graduating seniors completed internships while at MIT.

Fifty-eight percent of MIT undergraduates took jobs after graduation; 33 percent went on to graduate school. The top graduate school destinations were MIT, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, University of California at San Diego, Princeton, University of Illinois, and University of Massachusetts.

Graduate Students after Graduation

  • Eighty percent of master’s students graduating from MIT entered the work sector and 11 percent went on to graduate school.
  • While 92 percent of PhD students planned to work after graduation, one percent continued their education. Of those with confirmed employment, 41 percent were postdoctoral positions.
Top Employment Sectors for MIT Graduates, by Degree Type
  Bachelor's Master's PhD
Aerospace/defense 7% 5% 6%
Computer technologies 26% 17% 11%
Consulting 16% 21% 5%
Education 1% 1% 28%
Energy/utilities 4% 3% 3%
Engineering (all fields) 22% 16% 21%
Finance/banking 11% 17% 4%
Health/medicine 4% 5% 9%

The top employers for bachelor’s degree recipients were Google, Oracle, Amazon, McKinsey, Accenture, Apple, Boeing, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Boston Consulting Group, Morgan Stanley, Booz Allen Hamilton, Goldman Sachs, and SpaceX. The top employers for master’s degree recipients were Google, McKinsey, Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Bain, Microsoft, Apple, Goldman Sachs, the US Air Force, US Navy, Boeing, Nike, Parthenon-EY, and Shell. The top employers for doctoral degree recipients were MIT, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Google, Oracle, Princeton, UCLA, Exponent, Facebook, Lam Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.


Average Salaries Earned by MIT Graduates Entering Industry Positions, by Degree
  Mean Median
Bachelor's degree $83,455 $80,350
Master of Science $85,842 $80,165
Master of Engineering $101,424 $110,000
Master of Business Administration $129,586 $135,000
PhD entering postdoctoral positions $62,750 $52,000
PhD entering other positions $117,922 $110,000