Thesis vs. Non-thesis: Whatís the Difference?
Many students wonder what the difference is between our thesis and non-thesis options. Basically, the
thesis option has more research, while the non-thesis has more classes. However, ALL masterís students
must conduct some sort of research or project.
Thesis students will conduct a large research project, which will likely involve several semesters of work.
These students must write a thesis, which is a large document that is likely to be published. The thesis
option is for students who wish to get a background in intense research, such as students who are going
to pursue a Ph. D., or students who will be conducting research.
Our non-thesis option is designed to be more flexible and is tailored for students who donít necessarily
need a great deal of research training. --- from http://www.wiu.edu/biology/graduate/...non-thesis.pdf