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Master Theses


This site provides information for students interested in writing their Master thesis at the chair. In case any questions remain that cannot be answered by the information provided in the following, please contact Sabrina Karwatzki.

1. Objective

Based on a successfully passed research seminar, in which students had to closely engage with academic literature and learn to work scientifically, the objective of a final thesis at the chair is as follows:

The objective of a final thesis is to demonstrate that the student is independently and by using scientific methods able to address and to solve a problem taken out of the study program’s field. (cf. examination regulations for M.Sc. iBWL, 25.06.11: §19(1)).

Please note that special emphasis is put on “independently” and “scientific methods”.

The same applies for Master theses of other study programs (cf. the examination regulations of the corresponding study programs).

 

2. Topics for final theses

The topics for theses are taken from the research areas of the chair and its team. Please kindly refer to the research statement of the chair and the details on the assistants team pages for further information.

The following topic areas are offered by the chair for your application. You will need to sort them by preference during the application process:

A) Cloud Computing
B) Digital Entrepreneurship and Business Models
C) Information Privacy
D) Online and Multichannel Commerce
E) Sharing Economy
F) Crowdfunding
G) Social Media Strategies

Examples of topics from the chair can be found in the section of completed theses here.

 

3. Application requirements

Students of the study programs iBWL, GBM, "Informatik und Informationswirtschaft", and Information Systems (WIN) are eligible to apply for a thesis at the chair. The following requirements must be met before applying:

  1. The student assures his participation at the kick-off even.
  2. Successfully passed a research seminar (Advanced Management Information Systems or Information Systems Research) proved through STUDIS transcript; if the seminar was not taken at the chair, the research focus of the seminar paper may be subject to verification by the chair.
  3. Successfully passed an examination of one lecture of the chair.

Furthermore, students are urged to attend the course Empirical Methods to prepare for the master thesis.

 

4. Process of a Master thesis

The process of a Master thesis ideally takes the following course (given date specifications apply to the current / upcoming application period):

 

Tabelle MSC ENG SS 18

In the following, the distinct steps and their deadlines are described in detail.                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                

4.1. Application

For each academic year (summer and winter semester) there are two start dates and three application periods, respectively:

  • Beginning of summer semester
  • Beginning of winter semester

The application is carried out through Digicampus. For the current (upcoming) application period, the Digicampus group can be accessed via this link during the application period:

Master Theses

Joining the Digicampus is not restricted, i.e. the point of time of joining the group has no influence on the final admission (no first-come-first-served). Joining the Digicampus group solely serves the purpose of entering the application process; being a member of the group, however, does not automatically lead to a final admission. Through the Digicampus group, students are provided with further instructions and an application template.

 

4.2. Admission

 Within three days after the application deadline, students will be informed via e-mail whether their thesis application has been successful or not. Those who have been accepted, will receive further information about the kick-off event.

 

4.3. Kick-Off event

One week after admissions were confirmed, the kick-off event will take place. As crucial details for the further proceeding are presented at the kick-off event, participation at the kick-off event is mandatory.

Additionally, during the kick-off event students will learn which academic advisors they have been assigned to and there will be an introduction presentation on IS research and academic writing.

 

4.4. First meeting with academic advisor

Following the kick-off event, it is the responsibility of the students to contact and schedule a first meeting with their academic advisors within a week.  Failing to do so will result in the cancellation of the thesis supervision.

During the first meeting, possible thesis topics are discussed (if students do not already have topic proposals) and individual arrangements for an optimal supervision are made between student and academic advisor; if necessary, additional meetings are scheduled in order to prepare for the disposition.

 

4.5. Disposition

Approximately one month after the kick-off meeting, every student is required to hand in a disposition exposé (3-5 pages) which describes (1) the topic of the thesis, (2) its research question and (3) the chosen methodology.

A successful disposition is a mandatory prerequisite to register the thesis with the examination office.

If the disposition proves to be considerably deficient, the chair reserves the right to end the collaboration; in this case the student may re-apply for a thesis in the next application period.

 

4.6. Registration at the examination office

Upon a successful disposition, all students of the same cohort are required to officially register their respective thesis at the examination office.

To do so, every student needs to hand in a completed and signed registration form (download at the examination office’s website) at the chair’s secretariat (Mrs. Katja Fischer, room J 1410). The chair will then complete the form and forward it to the examination office.

Please note:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to have the thesis registered within the prescribed time period (within a week after the disposition).
  • If the registration does not occur on time, the thesis collaboration will be dismissed automatically.

 

4.7. Writing

Following a successful disposition, it is up to the students to write and work on their theses. The regular time limit for writing a Master’s thesis is four months for the M.Sc. iBWL study program (starting with the official registration at the examination office). For time limits of other study programs, see the corresponding examination rules.

Please kindly see the hints and templates for theses. Moreover, all literature for theses is written in English language. Hence, all theses and seminars at the chair are written and presented also in English language.

 

4.8. Interim presentation

Approximately two months after the official registration (i.e. in the midst of the regular time limit), students are required to give an interim presentation. This presentation offers all students of one cohort the opportunity to present the current state of their theses, and to discuss existing difficulties and challenges which students may have encountered while working on their theses. Participation in the workshop is mandatory.

 

4.9. Submission

Within the time limit every student is required to hand in the following materials:

  1. Via E-Mail: The thesis as PDF and DOC(X) file prior to the physical hand-in.
  2. Three hardcover copies of the thesis.
  3. One of the hardcover must contain a CD-ROM which includes the following contents:
  • All Excel, Stata, raw data and other data, which have been used for calculations in the thesis..
  • All documents, which have been gathered from the Internet as PDF files, particularly websites.
  • All other documents (e.g. articles of scientific journals), which are available in electronic form.
  • All remaining (hardcopy) documents need to be preserved and made available upon request until the thesis’ grade has been communicated.

 

4.10 Final presentation

Following the hand-in of the thesis, a final presentation date is assigned to every student. The presentation usually takes place 1-2 weeks after the hand-in. The objective is to present and discuss one’s final results at the chair and with fellow theses students.