MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost

 

 

SOURCE: 2016 Graduating Student Survey

Answered survey, at least partially Bachelor's Master's
Response rate 63.9% 59.9%
Number of Responses 629 755

 

What is most likely to be your principal activity this fall (fall 2016)?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Employed full-time, including self-employment, returning to previous employment, internship, starting a company. Full time is on average 30 hours or more per week.
52.0%
78.1%
Military service
0.2%
2.1%
Attending graduate or professional school
36.8%
11.7%
Enrolled in another educational program (e.g., second bachelor's degree, post baccalaureate premedical program)
1.9%
1.1%
Volunteer activity. Please specify your public service organization (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps)
0.2%
0.1%
Distinguished fellowship.  Please specify your fellowship (e.g., Marshall, Rhodes).
1.1%
0.7%
Not seeking employment at this time
0.3%
0.5%
Traveling
1.6%
1.5%
Undecided (e.g., deciding between fields)
2.7%
1.7%
Other activity
2.1%
1.3%
Employed part-time, including self-employment, returning to previous employment, internship, starting a company. Part time is on average less than 30 hours per week.
1.0%
1.1%
Not seeking further education at this time
0.2%
0.1%
Number of Responses 627 752

 

Please select which of the following best describes the current state of your employment plans.
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Have accepted a position
82.5%
77.7%
Have been offered a position and refused it; still searching for preferred position
1.8%
1.9%
Considering one or more specific offers
2.7%
3.6%
Currently searching for a position or waiting for an offer
9.4%
13.0%
Will begin searching for a position after graduation
2.4%
2.9%
Not planning on employment this fall
1.2%
0.9%
Number of Responses 331 584
For students who indicated 'Working' or 'Military Service' as post-graduation plan.

 

Employer industry: Select the industry that best describes your employer
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Aerospace and Defense
9.4%
5.5%
Applied Research
2.6%
0.5%
Architecture and Urban Planning
0.4%
1.7%
Automotive and Transportation
4.5%
2.2%
Business Services (Advertising, Real Estate, Retail)
0.0%
4.3%
Chemicals and Materials
1.1%
0.5%
Communications, Arts, Entertainment (Sports, Leisure, Media, Film)
1.5%
1.7%
Computer Hardware/ Electrical Engineering
0.8%
2.6%
Computer Software (Gaming and Software Development)
23.0%
14.6%
Consulting
11.3%
20.6%
Education
2.3%
1.2%
Energy and Utilities
5.3%
2.6%
Engineering
10.6%
4.8%
Financial Services (Commercial Banking, Insurance)
6.4%
6.2%
Government
1.1%
2.6%
Health/Medicine
3.0%
3.8%
Industrial and Consumer Manufacturing
(Construction, Product Manufacturing, Consumer Products)
3.0%
4.1%
Investment Banking (Mutual Funds and Money Management)
3.8%
6.9%
Law
0.4%
0.2%
Military
0.8%
3.3%
Non-Profit Agency or NGO
1.1%
0.5%
Pharmaceutics (Biotech, Medical Device)
4.9%
1.9%
Other
2.6%
7.7%
Number of Responses 265 418
For students who indicated they accepted a position.

 

Please select one of the following to describe where you are in your plans
for Graduate or Professional School:
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
I am awaiting acceptance to a graduate or professional school.
1.8%
1.2%
I have been accepted to and am deciding between schools.
1.8%
0.0%
I have been accepted to and chosen a graduate or professional school.
96.5%
98.8%
Number of Responses 228 82
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.

 

What will be your general field of study?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Arts
2.2%
2.5%
Business
0.4%
5.0%
Dentistry
0.0%
0.0%
Education
0.0%
1.3%
Engineering
57.3%
75.0%
Law
0.9%
0.0%
Medicine
12.8%
2.5%
Science
24.2%
3.8%
Theology
0.0%
0.0%
Veterinary Medicine
0.0%
0.0%
Other
2.2%
10.0%
Number of Responses 227 80
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.

 

Which degree(s) will you pursue? (Check all that apply)
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Pct. of
Respondents
Number of
Responses
Pct. of
Respondents
Number of
Responses
MEng
39.6%
90
2.5%
2
MS
15.0%
34
3.7%
3
MA
0.0%
0
1.2%
1
MBA
0.0%
0
2.5%
2
PhD
37.9%
86
91.4%
74
ScD
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
JD
0.9%
2
0.0%
0
MD
12.3%
28
2.5%
2
DDS/DMD
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
DVM
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
Other
4.8%
11
0.0%
0
Overall
111.0%
252
103.7%
84
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.
Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses.

 


SOURCE: 2015 Doctoral Student Exit Survey

Postgraduation Plans

What best describes your postgraduate plans
(within the next year)?
"Postdoc" or further training 40.7%
Employment 55.4%
Other 3.9%
Number of Responses 482

 

What is the status of your postgraduate plans (in the next year)?
Returning to, or continuing in, predoctoral employment 3.1%
Have signed contract or made definite commitment for a "postdoc" or other work 68.6%
Negotiating with one or more specific organizations 7.9%
Seeking position but have no specific prospects 11.9%
Other full-time degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, JD, MBA, etc.) 0.8%
Do not plan to work or study (e.g., family commitments, etc.) 0.6%
Other 7.1%
Number of Responses 481

 

What one type of principal employer will you be working for (or training with) in the next year?
U.S. 4-year college or university other than medical school 28.0%
U.S.medical school (including university-affiliated hospital or medical center) 4.2%
U.S. university-affiliated research institute 8.8%
U.S. community or two-year college 0.0%
U.S. preschool, elementary, middle, secondary school or school system 0.2%
Foreign educational institution 7.8%
Foreign government 0.2%
U.S. federal government 4.2%
U.S. state government 0.0%
U.S. local government 0.0%
Not-for-profit organization 2.7%
Industry (for-profit) 36.0%
Self-employed 3.4%
Other 4.4%
Number of Responses 475