Master's Theses: General Information
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:
- a Guide Card (via download at the Examination Office).
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.
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 master’s thesis is to be printed on one side and submitted in two bound copies to the chair. Upon prior consultation with the advisor, the submission must be done on the last working day of the time frame for working on the thesis at the latest or by sending it to the chair (the date of the postmark applies, sending by registered post is recommended). Moreover, the theses has to be send to the supervisor in a digital form or an USB stick containing a PDF and Word file of the thesis and the data set including the analysis code (syntax) for empirical theses has to be submitted. The Consent Form for plagiarism check (via download at the Examination Office) has to be bonded at the end of the thesis.