Graduate Student Career Placement

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Graduate programs in the Department of ACE prepare students for – and place students in – the futures they want

Facts to Know

  • Most MS students finish in 1.5-2 years
  • 28% of our MS students go on to PhD programs
  • Most PhD Students finish in 4-5 years
  • 22% of our PhD students end up in faculty positions
  • 75% of PhDs with initial placements in postdocs then move into tenure track jobs

Initial Placement of Master’s Students (with examples)

  • PhD programs (28%): UC-Davis, Auburn Univ, UIUC, Cornell, Univ of Wisconsin, Duke Univ
  • Private sector: (46%) Agri-Bank-FCB, Foursquare ITP, Archer Daniels Midland, MetLife, GP Financial Services, Monsanto, The Hershey Co.
  • Government/NGOs/non-faculty academic (26%): Federal Reserve Bank, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Pan American Health Org., One Acre Fund, Univ of Michigan, Univ of Nebraska

View where our MS graduates start their careers
Archived list of MS inititial career placements

Initial Placement of PhD Students (with examples)

  • Faculty (22%): California St - Fullerton, China Agricultural Univ, Universidad EAFIT (Colombia) Mississippi State, Nanjing Audit University, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Chico State
  • Postdoc (36%): Princeton, Stanford, John Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon Univ, Univ of Madrid, Tufts, Univ of Minnesota, Univ of Delaware, Yale
  • Government/NGO (26%): USDA, World Bank, IFAD, IADB, EPA, CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute
  • Private sector (16%): Facebook, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Mountain View Financial Solutions, South Coast Air Quality Management Dist.

View where our PhD graduates start their careers
Archived list of initial PhD career placements