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 Canada, China, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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

The average starting age of an M.E.M. student is 23.

Around one third of the students are women.

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

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

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.