A. While not all master’s programs require a thesis, many do. A Master’s Thesis is typically a research project you complete during your last semester of school that involves a lot of research and writing. A non-thesis degree program may be available to students in specific instances. However, when such is the case, there are usually additional courses required for these students, and some may find it takes longer to complete the program. Non-thesis degrees may be more suited to people who are more interested in applying their knowledge to the real world or creating art (non-written) rather than pursuing a doctorate in the future. Although the non-thesis option is available to students enrolled in a terminal program, they may still be required to write a paper or complete a project before graduation. Some universities will allow students to take a comprehensive test as an alternative to writing a thesis.
Because thesis requirements vary by program, check your school’s requirements before beginning your degree.