The . degree with thesis option requires a written thesis, composed of original research, and an oral defense. Most . students are admitted to the non-thesis program, but some enter directly into thesis program. Non-thesis . students can convert to a thesis track with advisor approval. Some . students apply for, and are admitted to, the . program while still a student in the . program. Acceptance of a . student relies upon funding and the successful identification of a faculty member with room for a student in their research program.