Incoming Graduate Student Survey
Every two years, MIT administers an Incoming Graduate Student Survey in late summer / early fall to gather opinions on graduate education, the admissions process, career expectations, and various cost of living issues.
|2013 Incoming Graduate Student Survey||Web Preview||64%||Highlights | Overall Report|
|2011 Incoming Graduate Student Survey||Web Preview||62%||Highlights & Overall Report|
|2009 Incoming Graduate Student Survey||Web Preview | PDF||65%||Highlights & Overall Report|
|2003-2007 Incoming Graduate Student Survey||Trend Report by Highest Degree: 2005-06 & 2006-07|
Recent Findings (2013 Incoming Graduate Student Survey)
- Immediately before coming to MIT, 78% of master's respondents were working while 49% of doctoral respondents were in undergraduate school.
- "Personal intellectual enrichment" was listed by 76% of respondents as an "Extremely important" factor for deciding to begin a graduate program. In contrast, "Poor job market" was only listed by 4% of respondents as "Extremely important."
- Of the reasons for deciding to enroll at MIT, MIT's reputation was the most highly‐rated reason among master's students, with 86% of master's respondents saying reputation was "Extremely important." For doctoral students, that the areas of specialization in the program matched their interests was most highly‐rated, with 72% of respondents marking it "Extremely important."
- After graduating from MIT, employment best describes the plans of master's respondents. For doctoral respondents, plans after graduation seem to be split with 44% of respondents planning to complete a "Postdoc" or further training and 50% of respondents planning non-postdoc employment.
- Read more in the 2013 Highlights.