Student Outcomes: Career, Graduate School, and Global Participation

Global Education and Career Development

Each year, Global Education and Career Development conducts the Graduating Student Survey, which asks the graduating class to share their plans for the following year as well as details about their global experiences. As we review preliminary results, placement and starting salaries remain strong and global participation continues to increase. For 2014, 77% of undergraduates and 68% of master’s students participated in the survey.

Immediate plans after graduation

Graduating Seniors:

  • 60% plan to be employed full or part-time
  • 32% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
  • 3% plan to enroll in another educational program (e.g. postbaccalaureate premed programs),
  • 1% have won distinguished fellowships for graduate study
  • 4% have other plans, including travel

Master’s graduates:

  • 82% plan to be employed full- or part-time
  • 12% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
  • 1% plan to enroll in another educational program
  • 6 % have other plans, including travel.


  • The undergraduate employment rate for the Class of 2014 within three months of graduation was 86.0%, and master’s degree recipients had an employment rate of 84.1%.
  • The average salary for graduating seniors was $74,980, a 2% increase, and $108,547 for master’s degree recipients, a 3% increase over the prior year.
  • Top industries included computer software, consulting, engineering, health & medicine, aerospace & defense, energy and utilities and investment banking.

Graduate School:

  • Thirty-five percent of undergraduate went directly to graduate school after MIT.
  • Undergraduates applied, on average, to five graduate programs and were accepted to three programs.
  • Fifty-seven percent of undergraduate students plan to pursue engineering degrees, 25% science degrees and 15% plan to pursue medicine.
  • The top graduate school destinations were MIT, Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, Northwestern, Boston University, Cornell, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin Chicago. 

Global Experience:

  • The 2014 Graduating Student Survey indicated that 42.7% of graduating seniors reported completing a global experience during their studies, a 3.7% increase over 2013.
  • Among survey respondents, 87% reported gains in understanding cultural differences; 85% reported increased adaptability; 80% reported an enhanced ability to communicate cross-culturally; and 76% reported increased self-confidence.