Career Paths

System Design & Management (SDM) graduates find a wide range of career opportunities open to them. With their MIT master’s degree in engineering and management, most are highly successful in securing top positions. Employers recognize that the academic rigor of SDM, together with the diversity of thought and professional experience shared among SDM fellows, faculty, and staff, equips SDM graduates to lead across disciplines and to solve complex problems throughout organizations.

SDM graduates are hired into a wide range of functions, including engineering management; general management; operations; project management; information technology; software development; marketing; and sales. Industries that have hired SDM alumni include aerospace, defense, government, information systems, telecommunications, energy, banking, and consulting.

These diverse career opportunities add to the richness of the SDM academic experience. They also provide avenues for SDM fellows to explore new careers as well as to strengthen and enhance their technical and leadership skills for renewed effectiveness in their current positions. SDM takes pride in educating leaders who will work in traditional engineering management roles as well as in nontraditional positions. Titles held by our graduates in industry include:

  • Senior product manager
  • Systems architect
  • Director of hardware engineering
  • Vice president of engineering and technology
  • Software engineering manager
  • Senior technical program manager

More recently, SDM fellows have also chosen to enter nonprofit, financial, and consulting arenas. They hold such titles as:

  • Senior consultant
  • Manager of corporate strategic planning
  • Analytics engagement lead
  • Head of commercialization

In addition, SDM graduates have gone on to join professional leadership programs and entrepreneurial endeavors.

For additional information on SDM hiring, please see our Employment Report.

Companies interested in hiring SDM fellows should contact Amanda Peters, Manager, SDM and IDM Career Development at

All information is accurate as of June 2019 and is subject to change.