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Note that, unlike Ph.D. dissertations, master's theses must be submitted on
 
Note that, unlike Ph.D. dissertations, master's theses must be submitted on
 
paper.  In the Math Department, the recommended way of preparing this
 
paper.  In the Math Department, the recommended way of preparing this
manuscript is with LaTeX, using the '''ucthesisnew''' document class.
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manuscript is with LaTeX, using the '''ucbthesis''' document class.
  
 
Take careful note of the following:
 
Take careful note of the following:
* You should not use the '''ucthesis''' document class included in most TeX distributions.  It has not been updated for the current requirements.
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* You should not use the '''ucthesis''' document class included in most TeX distributions.  It does not comply with the current requirements, and is being replaced by '''ucbthesis'''.
 
* Refer to this page only if you are writing a master's thesis.  For a doctoral dissertation, go to the page [[Preparing your Ph.D. dissertation using LaTeX]].
 
* Refer to this page only if you are writing a master's thesis.  For a doctoral dissertation, go to the page [[Preparing your Ph.D. dissertation using LaTeX]].
  
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http://grad.berkeley.edu/policies and following the link "Thesis Filing Guide".
 
http://grad.berkeley.edu/policies and following the link "Thesis Filing Guide".
  
In case the wiki is down, this page is also available at http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/tex/ucthesis-masters.html .
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In case the wiki is down, this page is also available at http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/tex/ucbthesis-masters.html .
  
 
=Preparing the LaTeX File=
 
=Preparing the LaTeX File=
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and adapt them to your situation.  You should also use the '''masters'''
 
and adapt them to your situation.  You should also use the '''masters'''
 
class option by changing the first line of the file '''thesis.tex''' to read
 
class option by changing the first line of the file '''thesis.tex''' to read
  \documentclass[masters]{ucthesisnew}
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  \documentclass[masters]{ucbthesis}
  
The document class '''ucthesisnew''' is already installed on our computer
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The document class '''ucbthesis''' is already installed on our computer
 
network.  However, if you are using a thin client, then you will need
 
network.  However, if you are using a thin client, then you will need
 
to type the following command, just once, in each terminal window in which
 
to type the following command, just once, in each terminal window in which
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If you have already started your thesis using the '''ucthesisnew'''
 
If you have already started your thesis using the '''ucthesisnew'''
document class, be sure to get the new version of the document class, and
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document class, you only need to change the '''\documentclass''' line to use '''ucbthesis''' instead, and be sure
 
to use the '''masters''' option.  The Graduate Division will not accept
 
to use the '''masters''' option.  The Graduate Division will not accept
 
a master's thesis that refers to itself as a "dissertation".
 
a master's thesis that refers to itself as a "dissertation".
  
 
If you have been using the old '''ucthesis''' document class, then you should
 
If you have been using the old '''ucthesis''' document class, then you should
update your thesis to use '''ucthesisnew''' instead, as follows:
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update your thesis to use '''ucbthesis''' instead, as follows:
* Use '''\documentclass[masters]{ucthesisnew}''' instead of '''\documentclass{ucthesis}'''
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* Use '''\documentclass[masters]{ucbthesis}''' instead of '''\documentclass{ucthesis}'''
 
* The '''\prevdegrees''' macro will be ignored
 
* The '''\prevdegrees''' macro will be ignored
  
 
=Downloading the Macros to Your Computer=
 
=Downloading the Macros to Your Computer=
  
The '''ucthesisnew''' package consists of the files '''ucthesisnew.cls''',
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The '''ucbthesis''' package consists of the files '''ucbthesis.cls''',
'''uctn10.clo''', '''uctn11.clo''', and '''uctn12.clo'''.  These files
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'''ucbt10.clo''', '''ucbt11.clo''', and '''ucbt12.clo'''.  These files
are available on the web at the address http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/ucthesisnew/ .
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are available on the web at the address http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/ucbthesis/ .
  
 
To install them as a document class on your home computer, download them
 
To install them as a document class on your home computer, download them

Revision as of 15:59, 22 October 2010

Preparing Your Master's Thesis Using LaTeX

This page describes the process for preparing a master's thesis using LaTeX. Note that, unlike Ph.D. dissertations, master's theses must be submitted on paper. In the Math Department, the recommended way of preparing this manuscript is with LaTeX, using the ucbthesis document class.

Take careful note of the following:

  • You should not use the ucthesis document class included in most TeX distributions. It does not comply with the current requirements, and is being replaced by ucbthesis.
  • Refer to this page only if you are writing a master's thesis. For a doctoral dissertation, go to the page Preparing your Ph.D. dissertation using LaTeX.

Graduate Division policies can be found on the web by going to the web page http://grad.berkeley.edu/policies and following the link "Thesis Filing Guide".

In case the wiki is down, this page is also available at http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/tex/ucbthesis-masters.html .

Preparing the LaTeX File

To prepare the LaTeX file, copy the files from the sample thesis located at http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/thesis/ , and adapt them to your situation. You should also use the masters class option by changing the first line of the file thesis.tex to read

\documentclass[masters]{ucbthesis}

The document class ucbthesis is already installed on our computer network. However, if you are using a thin client, then you will need to type the following command, just once, in each terminal window in which you plan to use TeX:

set path = (/local/depot/texlive-2007/bin $path)

If you have already started your thesis using the ucthesisnew document class, you only need to change the \documentclass line to use ucbthesis instead, and be sure to use the masters option. The Graduate Division will not accept a master's thesis that refers to itself as a "dissertation".

If you have been using the old ucthesis document class, then you should update your thesis to use ucbthesis instead, as follows:

  • Use \documentclass[masters]{ucbthesis} instead of \documentclass{ucthesis}
  • The \prevdegrees macro will be ignored

Downloading the Macros to Your Computer

The ucbthesis package consists of the files ucbthesis.cls, ucbt10.clo, ucbt11.clo, and ucbt12.clo. These files are available on the web at the address http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/ucbthesis/ .

To install them as a document class on your home computer, download them and either put them in the same directory as your thesis files, or follow the instructions for your TeX installation on installing new LaTeX document classes.

Steps for Final Submission

To create the final version of your thesis, do the following:

  • Make sure that you are not using the twoside option (page numbers are not allowed in the upper left-hand corner of a page).
  • For actual submission, see the instructions provided by the Graduate Division: go to the web page http://grad.berkeley.edu/policies and follow the link "Thesis Filing Guide".

You will also need to file the Dissertation Release Form; that form is not covered by this web page.

If you have any LaTeX-related questions about this process, email Paul Vojta at vojta@math.berkeley.edu.