Writing the MS ThesisThe master's thesis represents a work of
higher standard than a term paper. Students work at their own pace
to write the thesis essay, which advances a specific view in the
students' chosen field of learning as a result of research. The
written thesis essay is between 18,000 and 30,000 words in length.
Writing the thesis involves one to two semesters of individual
scholarship and research usually uninterrupted by other studies.
The thesis essay demonstrates the student's sophistication, skill
and ability to undertake independent research using the established
methods of analysis most appropriate for the essay's subject. The
essay provides an opportunity to explain the practical usefulness
of the research results for the business profession. A good
thesis essay not only advances a specific view, but it does so in
writing that is clear, concise, convincing and objective. Look at
the following advice for writers of these and other research
papers: On writing clearly from the editors of The
Economist magazine, on beginning and writing a thesis and
more on beginning and writing a
thesis.Thesis and research papers should conform to the APA
Publication Manual published by the American Psychological
Association. Any charts or tables should conform to the
principles in Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative
Information (ISBN 0-9613921-4-2). Students are responsible for
following all Masters Thesis
Procedures of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business.Sources of
Recorded KnowledgeYou can access (using your student passwords)
over the Internet the extensive electronic databases at the St.
Augustine Library, and at WRDS.
Also from inside the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom
Davis Library you can access Interent, CD-ROM and text-based
databases specific to risk management and insurance. There
are also many web sites full of practical instructions,
thought-provoking ideas, useful data and insightful animation. Here
is a small sample (in random order):
Explanation of economic-related concepts.
- In-depth explanation of
- Explanations and
illustrations of math-related concepts.
OPTION! to compute different types of option
and swap values
Robert W. Kolb
- Explanations and discussion on
Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
- Foreign exchange princes and
FXMC Group, FX retail brokers
- Foreign exchange time
University of British Columbia
Sigma reports on the risk industry, and other high quality best
and Publications by risk consultants on a range of risk and
- Definitions of insurance-related
concepts and insurance industry performance highlights.
Insurance Information Institute
- A link to other global
Another link to other links.
- U.S. Government statistics gateway
to federal agencies.
- Insurance industry
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Reinsurance industry detail statistics.
Reinsurance Association of America
- Banking industry detail
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Equity and fixed income international
Morgan Stanley Capital International
Valuation and risk-related spreadsheets.
Market historic data.
- Economic policy analysis
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
- Market and
financial policy analysis.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Rating criteria for insurers, banks, bond issues…
Standard & Poor
- Catastrophe risk
derivatives, analysis and data.
Lane Financial LLC
- Macroeconomic risk
derivatives, tutorial and hands-on pricing simulation.
- Environmental risk
derivatives, tutorials and data.
Evolution Markets LLC
- Credit risk derivatives,
definitions, tutorials, analysis, data…
- Human development indicators
from The Project on Human Development
Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range
Future, Boston University
- Weather derivatives, examples and
Weather Risk Management Association
Best’s Member Center
- Axco Insurance