Graduate Program - Employment
MS & PhD graduates from the Computer Science Graduate Program have an abundance of opportunities. While in school, many PhD students will have internships with government and corporate research labs. Following graduation, in addition to those employers, some will join (or found) startups, go to work in industry, or join academia, either as faculty members, or as members of the research staff.
Students graduating from N.C. State's Computer Science program are fortunate to be highly recruited by top employers, both locally (in the Research Triangle) and throughout the United States. We are a top supplier of new hires for several major, multinational companies. The average salary (not including bonuses, options, moving allowances, etc.) reported by our graduates in December 2014 was $104K/year, and in May 2015 was $100K/year. Our recent graduates have joined companies such as the following:
*Employers in bold are members of our ePartners program*
|Apple||Applied Research Associates, Inc.||Arista Networks Inc.|
|Aruba Networks||Bank of America||Bloomberg|
|Bloomberg R&D||Broadcomm Corp.||Cisco Systems|
|Citrix Systems||Deloitte||Deutsche Bank|
|Ernst & Young||Fannie Mae|
|Intel||Interactive Intelligence||Juniper Networks|
|Leeo, Inc.||MapR Technologies||MathWorks|
|NetApp||Nimble Storage||Nuage Networks|
|Pure Storage||Qualcomm||Riverbed Technology|
|Spirent Communications||Splunk, Inc.||The Boeing Company|
Our ePartners program consists of companies who are interested in recruiting our students, and is a strong source of contacts for them. A number of employers offer our students opportunities to join leadership development programs, for fast promotion within their organizations.
While attending school, most PhD students are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and/or fellowships. Many of our masters students work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer, for many of the same employers mentioned above. The average pay rate for students doing internships in summer 2015 was $35/hour.
Graduate students in Computer Science have the benefit of specialized career programs and services including the Corporate & Career Services suite, with opportunities for on campus interviews, small group career workshops, virtual practice interviews, and individual career advising.
Opportunities for graduate students in the Computer Science program at N.C. State are exceptional. We invite you to join us!