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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

Plan Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral
Graduate school 39% 14%
Work 51% 79% 99%

Sources: 2020 Graduating Student Survey, Doctoral Exit Survey. Institutional Research, Office of the Provost.

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

Plan Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral
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%

Sources: 2020 Graduating Student Survey, Doctoral Exit Survey. Institutional Research, Office of the Provost.

Organizations that hire MIT graduates

Many companies and organizations regularly recruit at MIT. The following is a brief list:

Aurora Flight
Blue Origin
Boston Dynamics
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Consulting Group
Broad Institute
Eli Lily
General Electric
General Motors
Ginkgo Bioworks
IBM Edison
Jane Street Capital
Milwaukee Tool
NASA, Jet Propulsion Lab

Technology licensing

  • 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.