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There are often many factors that go into deciding whether or not to attend graduate school. It’s a big investment in both time and money, and you’ll want to make sure that your graduate studies align with your career goals and interests. With an important decision like this, it’s common for many students to take a few years off between undergraduate and graduate school to decide what will be a good fit. 

If you’re considering graduate school, spend time reflecting on your interests, goals, dreams and capabilities. Evaluate your strengths, talents, competencies and weaknesses. Answering the following questions can help with your decision:

  • Is graduate school necessary for the career I want to have?
  • Why do I want to go to graduate school?
  • What are my career goals? Will graduate school benefit me in achieving my career goals?
  • What will I study? What are my interests? 
  • What graduate program is best? How competitive is the graduate program?
  • Am I up for the challenge? What will motivate me for another 2-7 years of school?
  • What are my academic and personal qualities to ensure success?

There is less flexibility with switching programs as a graduate student than switching majors as an undergraduate. Do your research to find a graduate program that will be a good fit for you, and check out the range of​ graduate programs that CU Boulder has to offer!

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