Master's Seminar

TAX 730 for Master Students

Jan Zental, M.Sc.


For further information please contact Jan Zental.

The successful completion of a Seminar Paper is a formal prerequesite for being admitted for the master's thesis in the Mannheim Master in Management (M.Sc.) program.

Students individually write a term paper comprising 15 pages and then present their work in front of other students, academic staff members and Professor Dr. Spengel / Professor Dr. Dörrenberg. The seminar always starts at the end of each semester and the deadline for handing in the paper is 8 weeks later. The presentation takes place during the first weeks of the upcoming semester. Hence, students usually can work on their theses during the semester break. The seminar is worth 6 ECTS credits.

Note: The seminar will take place in the Fall semester of 2023 regardless of Prof. Dörrenberg's research semester in Spring 2023. In Spring 2024, the Seminar will be held by Prof. Dörrenberg instead of Prof. Spengel.

  • Procedure

    The topics of the seminar papers at our chair cover a wide range of issues in domestic and international business taxation. A selection of examplary topics from past years can be found below.

    The seminar papers may be written in English or German.

    At the end of each semester we publish a list of available topics as well as all relevant dates for the coming semester via our seminar website and our News. A kick-off meeting with Professor Spengel / Professor Dörrenberg takes place before the beginning of the writing period. Please select your preferred topics in advance and bring a priority list to the session. Afterwards, the writing period for the seminar starts with the assignment of the topics and ends eight weeks later on. The seminar finishes with a presentation of each participant's work at the beginning of the semester. The overall time period to consider for the fall term hence usually ranges from the seminar registration in May and the topic assignment in early August until the final presentation in late October. Correspondingly, the seminar in the spring term starts with the registration towards the end of November/early December followed by the topic assignment in early January, and finishes with the presentations towards end of March.

    Please also consider our Guidelines for Seminar Papers, Bachelor Theses and Master Theses in Englisch and our Handbook for Scientific Writing.

  • Registration and Contact

    You can register for the seminar via e-mail to our secretary. Please provide your student ID number, the necessary formal prerequisites for participating in the seminar (see “Requirements” further below) and the program you are enrolled in.

    You will find the list of topics available for the Fall semester 2023 below after 19 May 2023.

    Registration for the seminar will be possible until 14 June 2023. After the end of the registration period, you will receive further information about the (hybrid) seminar Kick-off on 21 June 2023 at 10 a.m. and about the further proceedings.

  • Requirements

    • Formally: 2 Modules of the 500 and/or 600 level in the Area Accounting & Taxation
    • Technical: Prior knowledge from the modules TAX 630 and TAX 620 (especially for empirical theses) are recommended and very helpful.
    • For students that want to apply for the Seminar in the Spring semester and are just about to acquire the required modules in the preceding Fall semester (i.e. November/December). You can still register for the Seminar in Spring, and are admitted on the condition that you pass the required modules in the Fall semester.