Because most of our master's students obtain the M.A. on their way to earning a Ph.D. degree, they are expected to opt for the thesis option to obtain valuable research experience.
The non-thesis option is often – although certainly not always – preferred for students who have a change of heart about doctoral studies.
In addition to the requirements for Plan 1 and Plan 2, students may be subject to other requirements and expectations, as described here.
Every student will devise a plan of study in consultation the master's degree adviser.