I am interested in pursuing a masters in electrical engineering at a non-top tier university (UTD). As I understand it, the masters thesis option at most universities is the main priority, as they are job openings that need to be filled. Then the masters non-thesis students are used to fill in the vacancies and earn some extra cash. I was admitted for independent study this semester taking 2 of the 11 total graduate courses required for the non-thesis option. I'm curious, since I was already admitted as an independent student, in general, how much more of leap would it be to get admitted to the masters non-thesis (considering I get good grades in these 2 courses and recommendations from the 2 professors)? I know there are many variables, but I'm assuming the thesis option is much more competitive than non-thesis? I don't really see much difference between independent study and non-thesis. Thanks!