MIT Institutional Research
Office of the Provost

 

 

SOURCE: 2012 Graduating Student Survey
Response rate, Bachelor's: 78%
Response rate, Master's: 69%

What is most likely to be your principle activity this Fall (Fall 2012)?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Count % Count %
Working
(including self-employment, internship, starting a company)
369 52.4% 632 78.7%
Military service 5 0.7% 31 3.9%
Attending graduate or professional school 275 39.1% 95 11.8%
Enrolled in another educational program
(e.g., second bachelors degree, post baccalaureate premedical program)
23 3.3% 9 1.1%
Volunteer activity. Please specify your public service organization
(e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps)
1 0.1% 1 0.1%
Distinguished fellowship 6 0.9% 4 0.5%
Postponing job search 6 0.9% 7 0.9%
Traveling 4 0.6% 2 0.2%
Undecided (e.g., deciding between fields) 8 1.1% 9 1.1%
Other activity 7 1.0% 13 1.6%
Overall 704 100.0% 803 100.0%

 

Please select which of the following best describes the current state of your employment plans:
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Count % Count %
Have accepted a position 292 80.7% 466 75.8%
Have been offered a position and refused it;
still searching for preferred position
7 1.9% 15 2.4%
Considering one or more specific offers 8 2.2% 32 5.2%
Currently searching for a position or waiting for an offer 40 11.0% 60 9.8%
Will begin searching for a position after graduation 9 2.5% 19 3.1%
Not planning on employment this fall 6 1.7% 23 3.7%
Overall 362 100.0% 615 100.0%
For students who indicated 'Working' or 'Military Service' as post-graduation plan.

 

Select the industry that best describes your employer.
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Count % Count %
Aerospace and Defense 19 6.8% 22 5.0%
Architecture and Urban Planning 3 1.1% 10 2.3%
Automotive and Transportation 3 1.1% 11 2.5%
Business Services
(Advertising, Real Estate, Retail)
4 1.4% 17 3.9%
Chemicals and Materials 7 2.5% 1 0.2%
Communications, Arts, Entertainment
(Sports, Leisure, Media, Film)
0 0.0% 1 0.2%
Computer Hardware/ Electrical Engineering 11 3.9% 11 2.5%
Computer Software
(Gaming and Software Development)
52 18.6% 44 10.0%
Consulting 48 17.2% 86 19.5%
Education 7 2.5% 5 1.1%
Energy and Utilities 16 5.7% 18 4.1%
Engineering 25 9.0% 26 5.9%
Financial Services
(Commercial Banking, Insurance)
17 6.1% 40 9.1%
Government 3 1.1% 11 2.5%
Health/Medicine 15 5.4% 4 0.9%
Industrial and Consumer Manufacturing
(Construction, Product Manufacturing, Consumer Products)
3 1.1% 17 3.9%
Investment Banking
(Mutual Funds and Money Management)
7 2.5% 43 9.8%
Law 0 0.0% 1 0.2%
Military 5 1.8% 25 5.7%
Non-Profit Agency or NGO 3 1.1% 2 0.5%
Pharmaceutics
(Biotech, Medical Device)
7 2.5% 8 1.8%
Other 24 8.6% 37 8.4%
Overall 279 100.0% 440 100.0%
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
Count % Count %
I am awaiting acceptance to a graduate or professional school. 6 2.2% 1 1.1%
I have been accepted to and am deciding between schools. 8 3.0% 0 0.0%
I have been accepted to and chosen a graduate or professional school. 254 94.8% 89 98.9%
Overall 268 100.0% 90 100.0%
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
Count % Count %
Arts  3 1.1% 2 2.4%
Business  3 1.1% 4 4.7%
Dentistry  0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Education  6 2.2% 0 0.0%
Engineering  144 53.3% 67 78.8%
Law  2 0.7% 0 0.0%
Medicine  35 13.0% 0 0.0%
Science  68 25.2% 5 5.9%
Theology  0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Veterinary Medicine  2 0.7% 0 0.0%
Other 7 2.6% 7 8.2%
Overall 270 100.0% 85 100.0%
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.

 

Which degree(s) will you pursue?
  Degree (highest)
Bachelor's Master's
Responses % of
Responses
% of
Respondents
Responses % of
Responses
% of
Respondents
MEng 70 22.5% 26.0% 3 3.4% 3.5%
MS 60 19.3% 22.3% 6 6.8% 7.1%
MA 6 1.9% 2.2% 1 1.1% 1.2%
MBA 1 0.3% 0.4% 1 1.1% 1.2%
PhD 120 38.6% 44.6% 73 83.0% 85.9%
ScD 0 0.0% 0.0% 3 3.4% 3.5%
JD 2 0.6% 0.7% 0 0.0% 0.0%
MD 34 10.9% 12.6% 0 0.0% 0.0%
DDS 0 0.0% 0.0% 0 0.0% 0.0%
Other 18 5.8% 6.7% 1 1.1% 1.2%
Overall 311 100.0% 115.6% 88 100.0% 103.5%
For students who indicated 'Graduate or Professional School' as post-graduation plan.
Percentages total more than 100% due to multiple responses.


SOURCE: 2012 Doctoral Student Exit Survey

Postgraduation Plans

What best describes your postgraduate plans
(within the next year)?
"Postdoc" or further training 46.6%
Employment 46.3%
Other 7.1%
Count of responses 410

 

What is the status of your postgraduate plans (in the next year)?
Returning to, or continuing in, predoctoral employment 6.1%
Have signed contract or made definite commitment for a "postdoc" or other work 64.2%
Negotiating with one or more specific organizations 7.7%
Seeking position but have no specific prospects 12.6%
Do not plan to work or study (e.g., family commitments, etc.) 0.3%
Other 7.1%
Other fulltime degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, JD, MBA, etc.) 1.9%
Count of responses 410

 

Which of the following best describes your PLANS
after graduating from your program at MIT?
Returning to, or continuing in, predoctoral employment 4.1%
Have signed contract or made definite commitment for a "postdoc" or other work 67.6%
Negotiating with one or more specific organizations 8.5%
Seeking position but have no specific prospects 10.0%
Other fulltime degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, JD, MBA, etc.) 2.2%
Do not plan to work or study (e.g., family commitments, etc.) 0.5%
Other 7.1%
Count of responses 410

 

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 31.0%
U.S. medical school (including university-affiliated hospital or medical center) 7.0%
U.S. university-affiliated research institute 9.5%
U.S. community or two-year college 0.0%
U.S. preschool, elementary, middle, secondary school or school system 0.3%
Foreign educational institution 7.3%
Foreign government 2.0%
U.S. federal government 4.3%
U.S. state government 0.0%
U.S. local government 0.3%
Not for profit organization 1.8%
Industry (for profit) 32.5%
Self-employed 1.8%
Other 2.5%
Count of responses 400