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2013 Survey of Alumni of Graduate Programs

The 2013 OSU Survey of Alumni of Graduate Programs was conducted to identify institutional strengths and areas for improvement, to track the career and continuing education trends of recent graduates, and to assess achievement of learning outcomes as perceived by alumni. The survey is part of the Oklahoma State Regents' mandate for assessing student and alumni satisfaction. This survey targeted alumni of graduate programs who graduated in the calendar years 2007 and 2011. The full report is available here.

Highlights from the 2013 Survey of Alumni of Graduate Programs include:

  • 98% of alumni from doctoral programs and 92% of alumni from master's degree programs were employed. Only 3% of respondentsOSU Campus Building - primarily master's degree recipients - were unemployed and currently seeking employment. This is lower than the national 2012 unemployment rate for master's and doctoral degree recipients as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 90% of respondents who were employed were employed full-time. 
  • The most frequently reported salary range was $75,000 to $100,000 per year (19%).
  • Nearly 13% of respondents reported a salary of more than $100,000 per year.
  • 69% of respondents reported a salary of at least $45,000 per year. The annual mean wage in May of 2012 in Oklahoma for full-time employment was $39,160.
  • 92% of respondents reported that their graduated studies prepared them very well or adequately for their current position.
  • Over 88% of alumni who pursued additional education reported that their graduate programs at OSU prepared them very well or adequately for their additional education.
  • 56% of respondents spent one or more hours per week volunteering in community groups or organizations.
  • 59% of respondents felt very well or adequately prepared to contribute to the welfare of their communities.
  • 52% of respondents were living in Oklahoma (28% of these respondents were living in Stillwater), and an additional 16% were living in surrounding states.
  • 91% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall educational experiences at OSU.

In summary, alumni from Oklahoma State University who graduated in 2007 and 2011 with graduate degrees are employed, reside in Oklahoma, were prepared for their future employment or education, contributed to their communities through volunteer work, and were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall educational experience at Oklahoma State University.