MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost

 

 

SOURCE: 2014 Graduating Student Survey

  Bachelor's Master's
Response rate 77.0% 68.2%
Number of Responses 946 1,373

 

What is most likely to be your principal activity this fall (fall 2014)?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Employed full-time 56.8% 77.8%
Military service 1.0% 2.2%
Attending graduate or professional school 31.9% 11.7%
Enrolled in another educational program
(e.g., second bachelors degree, post baccalaureate premedical program)
2.9% 1.0%
Volunteer activity (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) .4% .1%
Distinguished fellowship 1.3% .4%
Postponing job search .1% .2%
Traveling .4% .8%
Undecided (e.g., deciding between fields) 1.7% 2.1%
Other activity 1.7% 2.2%
Employed part-time 1.8% 1.5%
Number of Responses 717 913

 

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 81.8% 80.6%
Have been offered a position and refused it;
still searching for preferred position
1.2% 2.8%
Considering one or more specific offers 4.2% 3.5%
Currently searching for a position or waiting for an offer 9.3% 9.9%
Will begin searching for a position after graduation 2.9% 2.5%
Not planning on employment this fall .5% .7%
Number of Responses 407 679
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 5.8% 5.6%
Architecture and Urban Planning .3% 2.2%
Automotive and Transportation 2.2% 1.8%
Business Services
(Advertising, Real Estate, Retail)
1.3% 4.8%
Chemicals and Materials 1.6% .6%
Communications, Arts, Entertainment
(Sports, Leisure, Media, Film)
1.9% 1.4%
Computer Hardware/ Electrical Engineering 2.6% 5.8%
Computer Software
(Gaming and Software Development)
28.1% 12.5%
Consulting 11.5% 20.1%
Education .6% 1.0%
Energy and Utilities 5.8% 2.8%
Engineering 8.6% 6.8%
Financial Services
(Commercial Banking, Insurance)
5.1% 6.0%
Government 0.0% 1.8%
Health/Medicine 6.1% 2.0%
Industrial and Consumer Manufacturing
(Construction, Product Manufacturing, Consumer Products)
1.9% 3.4%
Investment Banking
(Mutual Funds and Money Management)
4.8% 7.4%
Law .6% .2%
Military 1.6% 3.2%
Non-Profit Agency or NGO 1.0% 1.0%
Pharmaceutics
(Biotech, Medical Device)
2.9% 2.8%
Other 5.8% 7.0%
N 313 502
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. .4% 1.9%
I have been accepted to and am deciding between schools. 1.3% 2.9%
I have been accepted to and chosen a graduate or professional school. 98.2% 95.1%
Number of Responses 227 103
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 0.0% 0.0%
Business .4% 5.7%
Dentistry 0.0% 0.0%
Education .9% 0.0%
Engineering 56.6% 75.0%
Law 0.0% 1.1%
Medicine 14.2% 1.1%
Science 25.2% 8.0%
Theology 0.0% 0.0%
Veterinary Medicine .4% 0.0%
Other 2.2% 9.1%
Number of Responses 226 88
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 30.1% 68 0.0% 0
MS 23.0% 52 3.4% 3
MA .9% 2 1.1% 1
MBA .4% 1 0.0% 0
PhD 39.4% 89 90.9% 80
ScD .4% 1 3.4% 3
JD 0.0% 0 1.1% 1
MD 13.7% 31 1.1% 1
DDS/DMD 0.0% 0 0.0% 0
DVM .4% 1 0.0% 0
Other 4.0% 9 3.4% 3
Total 112.4% 226 104.5% 88
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.
Pct. of Respondents totals to more than 100% because respondents could choose multiple options.

 


SOURCE: 2013 Doctoral Student Exit Survey

Postgraduation Plans

What best describes your postgraduate plans
(within the next year)?
"Postdoc" or further training 44.4%
Employment 51.9%
Other 3.7%
Number of Responses 437

 

What is the status of your postgraduate plans (in the next year)?
Returning to, or continuing in, predoctoral employment 4.8%
Have signed contract or made definite commitment for a "postdoc" or other work 73.6%
Negotiating with one or more specific organizations 6.2%
Seeking position but have no specific prospects 8.9%
Other full-time degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, JD, MBA, etc.) .7%
Do not plan to work or study (e.g., family commitments, etc.) 0.0%
Other 5.7%
Number of Responses 436

 

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 29.1%
U.S. medical school (including university-affiliated hospital or medical center) 4.7%
U.S. university-affiliated research institute 11.0%
U.S. community or two-year college .2%
U.S. preschool, elementary, middle, secondary school or school system 0.0%
Foreign educational institution 6.1%
Foreign government 1.9%
U.S. federal government 4.5%
U.S. state government .2%
U.S. local government 0.0%
Not-for-profit organization 1.9%
Industry (for-profit) 32.9%
Self-employed 4.0%
Other 3.5%
Number of Responses 426