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Why graduate studies?

The age old question of "what are you going to do after you graduate" is a troubling question for some students. Do you pursue graduate studies or do you work in industry?

If you have the choice to do both, what option do you choose? We've listed a few reasons below to help you decide.

Graduate studies vs industry

Graduate studies Industry
  • Network with a large concentration of bright and motivated individuals - create long-lasting friendships both academic and personal
  • Experience a strong diversity in work - the breadth of work allows students to be exposed to a broader range of ideas and explore different facets of computer science
  • Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to learn from courses to thesis projects
  • Create your own schedule
  • Take 5 weeks of vacation during the year
  • Enhance your knowledge of computer science to work in upper management roles later in industry
  • Teach students new ideas
    and concepts of computer science
  • Finish your years of study
    and start earning a salary that is comparable overtime
  • Focus on developing specialized products or services for a company/organization
  • Work standard or consistent hours with some overtime
  • Explore the corporate world and try out new projects
  • Have greater control over your place of residence with the stability of full-time employment

Thesis option only

  • Pursue research and earn a Masters Thesis or PhD degree
  • Present at major research conferences that are internationally-recognized by academics
  • Travel internationally

Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA)

Before you enroll in graduate studies, try your hand at research by enrolling in an Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) during your co-op or academic term. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside a professor or graduate student to assist with a research project in one of our 16 different research areas.

To find available positions, visit our "current undergraduate student" section on our website. www.uwaterloo.ca/ura.

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