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Masters - to Thesis, or not to Thesis?


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Hey everyone,

 

I have been admitted to 2 MS programs at great schools, and am trying to weigh my options.

 

One school requires a thesis - and the other school does not require a thesis.

 

Since I do not plan on pursuing a PhD, are there any benefits towards doing a thesis? Is it best to avoid a thesis, if possible?

 

 

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There is a large advantage: you have shown that you can carry out a significant amount of work over a long period of time. The MS with thesis is always stronger than the MS without. Go for the Thesis. Industry loves them.

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It looks way better to industry if you do more for your MS than just take classes. The non-thesis option IS NOT for the benefit of industry, it's for the benefit of the university so they can take in tons of maintenance free money. A thesis MS is more work for the university, they would rather not give a crap about you and make you take classes.

 

Do the research and get the thesis, you won't regret it.

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I'm wondering if anyone has any input on this with regards to the humanities.  I've been accepted to a program with a choice of either two paid co-op work terms, or a thesis.  I'm not planning to do a PhD, and am hoping to work in the field.  Should I go for work experience or expertise in a very particular aspect of the field in question?

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