MIT Students after Graduation
Upon graduation, MIT students are well prepared and successful applicants for jobs or graduate school. They use a variety of MIT resources, including networking; career fairs; advising; and professional development services, clubs, and organizations. MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) and other Institute resources, along with faculty, advisors, departmental staff, and alumni, help guide students applying to graduate and professional schools. Students interact with employers and graduate schools through career fairs, information sessions, and recruiting partnerships. In 2019–2020, there were more than 700 unique company engagements via career fairs, on-campus recruiting, information sessions, and formal partnerships with individual companies.
2020 Graduating Students’ Post-Graduation Plans
Graduating bachelor’s students going on to graduate school were primarily pursuing master’s (56%), doctoral (38%), and medical (6%) degrees. In 2020, the top universities for bachelor’s recipients pursuing graduate study were MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, and Columbia. Master’s students seeking further study were primarily pursuing doctoral (80%), master’s (7%), and medical (4%) degrees. Most master’s students (72%) continued their studies at MIT.
More than half of doctoral students planning to work (56%) were choosing to work in academic or research institutions. Of those entering academia, 18% had tenure-track faculty appointments.
MIT graduates who continue to employment are offered competitive salaries after graduation. Typically, they receive salary offers 30–40% above the national average for new college graduates, depending on the industry. Additional salary data is available on the CAPD website.
Additional Post-Graduation Employment Statistics, 2020
|Expect to work in the US||95%||81%||89%|
|Had an internship/externship that led to accepted job offer||36%||29%||—|
|Employer is a start-up||16%||16%||—|
Organizations that hire MIT graduates
Many companies and organizations regularly recruit at MIT. The following is a brief list:
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Consulting Group
Jane Street Capital
NASA, Jet Propulsion Lab
- 32 companies formed using MIT intellectual property
- 864 invention disclosures
- 486 new US patents filed
- 433 US patents issued
A detailed list of employers who recently hired MIT graduates is available on the CAPD website.