For students who want to consider doing a thesis, the first step is to meet a range of faculty members to discuss the student’s own interests, the faculty members’ research, and the potential for doing a thesis.
Once the student has decided on a topic, they will need to ensure that a faculty member has agreed to be the thesis supervisor. The student should discuss financial support and establish an agreement with the supervisor about how this will be achieved; this should be detailed in writing and copied to the student’s file.
The decision to choose the thesis option should be made as soon as possible and no later than March 31 of the student’s first year of study. Note that funding (via scholarships, etc.) usually requires a minimum of 8-12 months between application and receipt of funding.
The below sections have a wealth of information on what you can expect from a thesis option program. The Faculty of Graduate Studies Handbook of Graduate Supervision is also an excellent resource for thesis students.