Preparing your master's thesis using LaTeX

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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 are available at .

In case the wiki is down, this page is also available at .

Preparing the LaTeX File

To prepare the LaTeX file, copy the files from the sample thesis located at , 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


The document class ucbthesis is already installed on our computer network.

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 file ucbthesis.cls. This file is available on the web at the address .

To install it as a document class on your home computer, download it and either put it 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 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