Preparing Your Master's Thesis Using LaTeX

Introduction

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:

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".

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:

Downloading the Macros to Your Computer

The ucbthesis package consists of the file ucbthesis.cls, which is available on the web at the address http://math.berkeley.edu/~vojta/ucbthesis/ucbthesis.cls.

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:

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.


Last updated 11 February 2012