Master's Theses: General Information

  • General

    Registration for master's theses in management is done via the examination office of the School of Business and Economics at the University of Münster. The registration dates for the master’s theses can be found on the Examination Office’s website.
  • Procedure specific to the Business Management Group

    Master's theses can be written in different research focuses at the Business Management Group. Master's theses are generally written as empirical work. Before registering at the examination office for a master's thesis at our group, please get in touch with one potential advisor in order to clarify your research topic. A summary of the research focuses and subject areas in which theses are currently being offered can be obtained from the page topic areas for your master's theses & topic identification. We are open towards topic proposals which you do not find in one of the research focuses.

    Please send the following documents to your advisor:

  • Formal requirements

    Detailed explanations especially on formal layout of the thesis can be found on our download page

    This information is updated regularly. Therefore, please check regularly to see whether you have the latest version.

  • Exposé

    The preparation of an exposé (ca. 3 pages) can be offered by the supervisor on a voluntary basis. The content of the exposé is thereby depending on the supervisor. It can comprise for instance a brief description of the motivation, the theoretical background, the methods, and the potential contributions to theory and practice.
  • Practice-related master’s theses

    If a student has relevant contacts to companies, there is a possibility of preparing a practice-related master’s thesis. For this purpose, it is necessary to get in touch with the chair in advance so that an agreement can be reached with the involved company. Please note down this intention on the questionnaire. The candidate has to give the contact information of a specific contact person in the company to the chair and also ensure that the data used is availed fully to the supervising employee and the head of the chair. It is suggested that a topic is agreed upon with the company and then submitted to the chair as a topic proposal. The topic will be determined finally by the chair after consultation with the mentioned contact person if need be. Pursuant to the regulations governing examinations, the practice partner has no right to a say in the evaluation of the thesis. Contractual agreements between the student and the company are also irrelevant on the basis of the regulations governing examinations and are solely in the candidate’s scope of responsibility.
  • Issuance of the master’s thesis topic

    Issuance of the master’s thesis topic is done at the chair’s office by Mrs Heitmann or by the respective advisor after previously agreeing on an appointment. The time frame of five months for working on the thesis commences with the issuance of the topic. Public holidays can be added to the processing time of the thesis. However, the final submission deadline is the one that is relevant for the assignment to the respective semester. It is unaffected by the days added. We encourage you to consider this while calculating your favored submission date. A helpful online calculator can be found here.
  • Submission of the theses

    The thesis must be submitted in digital format no later than the last day of the examination period. At the end of the document, please include the consent form for the plagiarism check (download).
    Department 04 has developed a dedicated application for thesis submission, the Thesis Uploader, which you are required to use. After uploading your thesis, please notify us by sending a brief email to Additionally, consult with your supervisor to determine if a printed copy of your thesis is needed.
    A quick guide and FAQs can be found here.