Master Thesis

Current Offerings

In the spring/summer semester (FSS 2017), the Chair of International Finance will offer 8 master thesis topics in the area of "Empirical Finance" for master students at the University of Mannheim.


You must have successfully completed a seminar from the Finance Area (Albrecht, Maug, Niessen-Ruenzi, Ruenzi, Terberger, Theissen, or Weber) in order to participate. Some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work. In particular, having experience from an empirical seminar thesis is useful.


You should write your thesis in English.

Form of Assessment

Paper: 100%

Assignment of Topics

The assignment of master thesis topics is carried out in cooperation with the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug), the Chair of Corporate Governance (Prof. Niessen-Ruenzi), the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen), the Chair of Finance and Banking (Prof. Weber), and the Chair of Risk Theory, Portfolio Management, and Insurance (Prof. Albrecht). The assignment is based on the grade in one of the seminars of the Finance Area and your priority list from the master thesis application form.


  • Monday, February 20, 2017: Topics announcement [You can find details on the specific paper topics Initiates file downloadhere. Password is "ruenzi17".]
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017: Topics presentation in L9, 1-2, Room 001 [Presentation slides are available Initiates file downloadhere. Password is "ruenzi17".]
    • 1:30-2:45 pm Theissen
    • 2:45-3:45 pm Albrecht
    • 3:45-4:00 pm Steffen
    • 4:00-4:45 pm Ruenzi
    • 4:45-5:45 pm Maug
    • 5:45-6:45 pm Wimmer
  • Monday, March 06 - Friday, March 10, 2017: Submission of priority lists. You can find the online application form Opens external link in new windowhere.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Topics allocation announcement. You can find the allocation of topics on the Opens external link in new windowwebsite of the Finance Area.
  • Wednesday, March 22 - Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Registration period (Ask your supervisor to fill out the registration form.)
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Starting date
  • Friday, July 28, 2017, 12pm (noon): Submission of master thesis (hardcopy and electronic version, which should include the data and do-files necessary to replicate your work)

Please note that the timeline is common within the Finance Area and thus cannot be changed individually, e.g., due to time spent abroad or internships.


The Chair of International Finance will hold two block sessions in which candidates will present their topics. These block sessions are an integral component of the supervision at our chair. They should be considered as a chance to get an early feedback on the thesis. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to discuss problems and in particular to receive guidance. The participation in the block sessions is obligatory for all candidates.

Stata Tutorials

If you apply for a seminar and/or master thesis at our chair and your knowledge about STATA and financial databases is limited, you should attend the tutorials that provide you with basic knowledge about programming with STATA and the use of financial databases in advance. We will offer joint tutorials with the Chair of Corporate Finance (Prof. Maug) and the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen). Please also consult the homepage of the Chair of Finance (Prof. Theissen) for updated information.

Additional Guidelines

Further guidance on the master thesis (e.g., formal requirements) is provided in this Initiates file downloaddocument.


In case of further questions please contact Anja Kunzmann (kunzmann[at]