Career Outcomes for 2015-16 WMU Graduates

Career and Student Employment Services surveyed all (N=5049) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2015 and June 2016. Data was obtained for 75% of the population (N=3766).

92% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation.

“Active engagement” is defined as full-time employment (including self-employment and post-graduate internships/fellowships); part-time employment; military service; volunteering full time, and continuing education. Categories not included in active engagement are unemployed and seeking employment, and not seeking employment.

Primary Activity Summary

Actively Engaged N=3470 92%
Employed full time N=2686 71%
Employed part time N=210 6%
Continuing education N=532 14%
Military service N=26 0.6%
Volunteering full time N=16 0.4%
Not Actively Engaged N=296 8%
Unemployed and seeking N=258 7%
Not seeking employment N=38 1%

Full-Time Employment Highlights

  • 71% of respondents were employed full time.
  • The median salary was $40,000–$45,000 based on 1690 reported salaries.
  • 84% have a job that is related to their degree.
  • 88% are satisfied with their job.
  • 76% work in Michigan; 22% work in 44 other U.S. states; and 2% work in 20 countries outside the U.S.

Continuing Education

  • 14% of respondents are pursuing further education after graduating from WMU.
  • 51% are continuing education at WMU, and the remaining 49% will attend 128 different institutions. 

Experiential Education

  • 80% of respondents completed an experiential education activity at WMU.

Full WMU Post-Graduation Activity Report 2015-16

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Post-graduation activity by college, Major, and program

Arts and Sciences


Education and Human Development

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fine Arts

Haworth College of Business

Health and Human Services

Interdisciplinary Programs: Evaluation, Health Informatics and Information Management, Telecommunications and Information Management, University Studies