I have just started an online M.S. statistics degree which I expect to be finished with in 5 years. I interviewed for a data analysis position today and the interviewer asked me if I was going to pursue a thesis with this degree.
What is the purpose of such a question?
Now perhaps a bit more subjective (not sure if appropriate for this site): would saying that I am pursuing a thesis be a red flag to an interviewer?
Edit: Thank you all for your insights. To give some context as to why I even thought of why mentioning that doing a thesis is a red flag, that's because I came from a field where doing anything academic outside of the workplace is strongly discouraged.