Life After MIT
MIT prides itself on first and foremost teaching its students how to think. In science and engineering, the boundaries of knowledge are always changing, and it is crucial to teach scientists and engineers not only the currently accepted theories, but also the critical reasoning skills necessary to discover new theories and incorporate new experimental evidence. As a result of this analytical mindset, MIT graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for careers in many industries.
In any given year, roughly half of MIT graduates go into the workforce, and about half immediately enter graduate or professional school (though more will later return for further degrees). For detailed statistics on post-MIT pursuits, visit the MIT Careers Office Info & Stats site.
Careers & Employment
Each year, more than 400 companies come to MIT to actively recruit MIT students, in fields such as biotechnology, finance, information technology, and education. MIT hosts a variety of career fairs on campus, including special fairs focused on working abroad, socially and environmentally conscious jobs, and opportunities for underrepresented minorities. MIT also offers extensive career counseling, resume workshops, practice interviews, and more. The MIT Careers Office serves as a home base and advising center for all students looking for internships, jobs, and graduate school opportunities.
MIT students fare very well in the job market. The average graduating senior receives 2 job offers from the recruiting process. In recent years, the companies that have hired the most MIT students include management consulting firms McKinsey and Bain, software companies Google and Microsoft, engineering companies Raytheon and General Electric, and investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. For a more detailed list, see the MIT Careers Office Info & Stats site.
Graduate & Professional School
About half of MIT undergrads choose to go to a graduate or professional program immediately upon graduation, and 66% go on to earn a graduate degree at some point in their careers. The most common graduate school destination for MIT undergrads is MIT itself; many departments enthusiastically recruit their own undergrads into their graduate programs. After MIT, the most frequent graduate and professional school destinations are Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Yale University, Caltech, and Columbia University.
A number of MIT graduates continue their education in professional schools. About eighty students per year graduate from MIT and attend medical schools around the country, and about forty students attend law school. The MIT Career Office offers preprofessional advising for students interested in attending professional school; as sophomores, students are assigned a premed or prelaw advisor who shepherds them through the application process.
MIT students are also strong candidates for postgraduate honors, and several each year are awarded Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright scholarships. MIT has produced 62 Marshall scholars and 43 Rhodes scholars in total, and MIT students have been particularly successful in these competitions in the past ten years.
One special opportunity for engineering students in most departments is the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program, allowing selected students to graduate in five years with both SB and M.Eng. degrees. Other engineers complete a Masters of Science (S.M.) program, while most science graduates go directly to Ph.D. programs. Most science and engineering graduate students are awarded fellowships through their graduate schools which cover the cost of tuition, and most also receive a stipend.