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Master Thesis

Please note:
Starting with the summer semester 2022, application for master theses will be possible once per semester via the first KLIPS application phase and no longer twice as before. The assignment round in January 2022 will still take place. After that, registrations for the winter semester will take place in July and for summer semester in February. We kindly ask you to consider these changes in your planning!


For your application for the master thesis at the chairs of Prof. Dr. Heinz (Strategy), Prof. Dr. Sliwka (Human Resources), Prof. Dr. Irlenbusch (Business Ethics) and Prof. Dr. Schwens (Interdisciplinary Management) within the Corporate Development Area please use the following ILIAS link (click path: Repository > WiSo > BWL > Allgemeine BWL, Unternehmensentwicklung und Organisation > Bewerbungen Masterarbeiten Lehrstühle Prof. Ebers, Prof. Heinz, Prof. Irlenbusch, Prof. Schwens und Prof. Sliwka).
After a successful application you will be directly contacted by your assigned supervisor. Please note that the start date does not represent the official registration of the thesis with the examination office. Before the official registration, there is a phase in which you develop your research question and outline, plan your approach and conduct an initial literature search. You have the option to indicate a preference regarding your official registration date of the thesis. This date must be within five months after the application deadline. For an application in the summer semester (application period January 20 - February 20), the thesis must be registered with the Examination Office no later than July 20; for an application in the winter semester (application period June 20 - July 20), the thesis must be registered with the Examination Office no later than December 20. Please note that this is only an indication of your preference and we can not gurantee your preferred start date.


As a prerequisite for registering a master's thesis, you must have at least 60 ECTS (at the time of formal registration). You can apply in advance if you meet the prerequisite by the time of the formal registration, e.g., due to still pending examination results or credits from abroad. Primarily we supervise master theses from students of the Corporate Development and CEMS major. Students from other major programs can only be supervised if the capacities of the area are not fully utilized by the aforementioned students and they present a particularly convincing concept for the thesis. In this regard, please get in touch with the contact person named in ILIAS.


Principally we would like the candidates to make their own suggestions concerning the topic of their thesis. The topics can be very diverse. Besides classic literature-based theses we also offer theses which empirically address cuurent questions in research. We also welcome practice-oriented empirical ideas for topics, especially in cooperation with a company. In addition, students can also design and conduct their own online surveys or, if necessary, independent laboratory experiments.

You are welcome to discuss your topic ideas with our research assistants in a consultation hour before you apply. 


After a successful application, a research assistant from our seminar will accompany you as an advisor during the whole processing time of your thesis. Usually, the processing time for the master thesis amounts to 6 months. 

Further information

The length of the master thesis should not exceed max. 40 pages for the main part. However, together with appendix and explanations, the thesis can be up to 60 pages long Please use our compulsory template. We expect master theses written in English.