MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost

 

 

SOURCE: 2015 Graduating Student Survey

  Bachelor's Master's
Response rate 73.8% 57.0%
Number of Responses 987 1,302

 

What is most likely to be your principal activity this fall (fall 2014)?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Employed full-time, including self-employment, internship, starting a company 57.9% 79.8%
Military service .4% 2.3%
Attending graduate or professional school 32.6% 10.9%
Enrolled in another educational program (e.g., second bachelors degree, post baccalaureate premedical program) 1.8% .7%
Volunteer activity 1.0% .1%
Distinguished fellowship 1.4% 0.0%
Not seeking employment at this time .4% .1%
Traveling .8% .5%
Undecided (e.g., deciding between fields) 1.9% 2.3%
Other activity 1.2% 1.6%
Employed part-time, including self-employment, internship, starting a company .3% 1.5%
Not seeking further education at this time .3% .1%
Number of Responses 727 742

 

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 89.1% 78.4%
Have been offered a position and refused it;
still searching for preferred position
.7% 2.9%
Considering one or more specific offers 2.7% 5.4%
Currently searching for a position or waiting for an offer 6.3% 11.0%
Will begin searching for a position after graduation 1.2% 1.7%
Not planning on employment this fall 0.0% .5%
Number of Responses 413 589
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 6.5% 4.6%
Architecture and Urban Planning 1.4% 1.7%
Automotive and Transportation 4.2% 2.7%
Business Services
(Advertising, Real Estate, Retail)
.6% 5.3%
Chemicals and Materials .8% .2%
Communications, Arts, Entertainment
(Sports, Leisure, Media, Film)
1.4% 1.4%
Computer Hardware/ Electrical Engineering 2.3% 3.9%
Computer Software
(Gaming and Software Development)
24.0% 13.3%
Consulting 15.8% 20.5%
Education .6% 1.2%
Energy and Utilities 4.0% 3.4%
Engineering 9.0% 8.0%
Financial Services
(Commercial Banking, Insurance)
5.9% 6.0%
Government 1.1% 1.7%
Health/Medicine 3.7% 4.6%
Industrial and Consumer Manufacturing
(Construction, Product Manufacturing, Consumer Products)
4.5% 3.4%
Investment Banking
(Mutual Funds and Money Management)
4.5% 5.6%
Law 0.0% .5%
Military 1.1% 3.9%
Non-Profit Agency or NGO .8% 1.0%
Pharmaceutics
(Biotech, Medical Device)
3.7% 1.4%
Other 4.0% 5.8%
Number of Responses 354 414
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. 1.3% 2.6%
I have been accepted to and am deciding between schools. 1.7% 0.0%
I have been accepted to and chosen a graduate or professional school. 97.0% 97.4%
Number of Responses 232 76
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 .4% 0.0%
Business .4% 1.3%
Dentistry 0.0% 0.0%
Education .9% 0.0%
Engineering 57.8% 78.7%
Law .9% 0.0%
Medicine 12.2% 2.7%
Science 23.0% 8.0%
Theology 0.0% 0.0%
Veterinary Medicine 0.0% 0.0%
Other 4.3% 9.3%
Number of Responses 230 75
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 30.0% 69 1.4% 1
MS 21.3% 49 5.4% 4
MA .4% 1 1.4% 1
MBA .9% 2 1.4% 1
PhD 45.2% 104 89.2% 66
ScD 0.0% 0 0.0% 0
JD 1.3% 3 0.0% 0
MD 11.7% 27 2.7% 2
DDS/DMD 0.0% 0 0.0% 0
DVM 0.0% 0 0.0% 0
Other 4.3% 10 1.4% 1
Total 115.2% 265 102.7% 76
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