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
  • 24% of our MS students go on to PhD programs
  • Most PhD Students finish in 4-5 years
  • Half of our PhD students end up in faculty positions
  • 75% of PhDs with initial placements in postdocs then move into tenure track jobs
Chart showing where MS graduates are first employed

Initial Placement of Master’s Students (with examples)

  • PhD programs (24%): UC-Davis, Auburn Univ, UIUC, Cornell, Univ of Wisconsin, etc.
  • Private sector: (47%) Archer Daniels Midland, MetLife, GP Financial Services, Monsanto, The Hershey Co., etc.
  • Government/NGOs/non-faculty academic (29%): Pan American Health Org., One Acre Fund, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Univ of Michigan, Univ of Nebraska etc.

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

Chart showing where PhD students are first employed

Initial Placement of PhD Students (with examples)

  • Faculty (25%): Mississippi State, Nanjing Audit University, Universidad de los Andes, Chico State, etc.
  • Postdoc (31%): Tufts, Univ of Minnesota, Univ of Delaware, etc.
  • Government/NGO (25%): USDA, World Bank, IFAD, IADB, EPA, etc.
  • Private sector (19%): Citigroup, Mountain View Financial Solutions, South Coast Air Quality Management Dist., etc.

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