I'm currently a first year graduate student in mathematics in the United States. After having completed my requirements for a master's degree, I'm considering moving to a different program, based on reasons I outlined in a previous question.
My question should one necessarily work on a master's report/thesis to boost one's application to enter a different PhD program?
I can probably get a master's degree without having to write a report/thesis as I have already passed some of the qualifying exams at my school.
So, to what extent would having completed a master's thesis help me in switching programs? My interests are a bit broad, and interdisciplinary, so I'm, as of yet, broadly interested in a couple of areas, and not a single, specific area of research. So, I would like to apply to schools that have research groups in at least 1-2 fields of my interest.
Any suggestions on how graduate committees in math or STEM fields view the issue of masters thesis or reports.