Student Demographics

"Extraordinarily bright, hard-working, well-rounded, ambitious." —Thomas J. O'Neill, President and CEO, Parsons Brinckerhoff, describing Thayer School M.E.M. students

M.E.M. students are a diverse group. Within just the past few years, students have come from Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Singapore, and the United States.

Each entering M.E.M. class has approximately 50 students.

The average starting age of an M.E.M. student is 24.

Over one third of the students are women.

One thing all M.E.M. students have in common: M.E.M. students are all engineers.

M.E.M. students run Thayer Gear

Educational Background

Students usually enter the program with an ABET-accredited* engineering degree. If not, they take coursework during the program to attain the ABET-accreditation* level.

Many M.E.M. students also have broad, liberal arts backgrounds.

About half of the M.E.M. students attended university outside the U.S.

Previous Education: Undergraduate Major

Pie chart showing M.E.M. previous education: undergraduate major

Work Experience

The M.E.M. program does not require applicants to have full time work experience, but about one third of all M.E.M.s have previous full time work experience. These students typically worked between one and two years before entering the M.E.M. program.


* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.