Master's Theses (MMM)

Current Offerings

The Chair of International Finance offers master's thesis topics in the area of “Empirical Finance” for master students at the University of Mannheim.

  • Prerequisites

    You must have successfully completed a seminar with one of the chairs of the Finance Area (FIN 7XX) in order to participate. As most topics require to work empirically, some knowledge of statistics and econometrics is useful and participants should be motivated to undertake empirical work.


  • How to Apply, How Topics Are Allocated & General Timeline

    Please consider the website of the Finance area for more information on how to apply, how the topics are allocated and a general timeline of process.

  • FIN 604 – Stata in Finance

    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 FIN 604 – Stata in Finance course that provides 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.

  • Colloquia

    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 mandatory for all candidates.

  • Language

    You should write your thesis in English.

  • Form of Assessment

    Paper: 100%


  • Additional Guidelines

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

  • Previous Master's Theses

    More information on previous offerings you can find on this website.

Process Guide and Schedule

DateLocationEventAdditional Information
05.03.2024 Topics Announcement

You will find the topics offered by LS Ruenzi here.

[Password: ruenzi24]

07.03.2024 – 14.03.2024 Online Application

Refer to the website of the Finance Area.

Website of the Finance Area

18.03.2024 Topics Allocation Announcement

Refer to the website of the Finance Area.

Website of the Finance Area

18.03.2024 – 25.03.2024 Registration PeriodAsk your advisor to register your thesis at the student services office within this period.
18.03.2024 Starting DateFormal starting date of the writing phase.
03.05.2024 Colloquium IStudents present the current state of their work.
14.06.2024 Colloquium IIStudents present the current state of their work.
05.08.2024 Submission DeadlineLast day to hand in your thesis.

Contact Person

Kai Mäckle, M.Sc.

Doctoral Student
University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1–2
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
on appointment