Preparing Your Ph.D. Dissertation Using LaTeX


The Graduate Division now requires that Ph.D. dissertations be submitted electronically as pdf files. In the Math Department, the recommended way of preparing a suitable pdf file 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 and following the link "Dissertation Filing Guide".

Preparing the LaTeX File

To prepare the LaTeX file, copy the files from the sample thesis located at, and adapt them to your situation.

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.

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


Keep in mind that when TeX produces pdf output, it handles graphics differently than it does when producing dvi output. Generally, for pdf output, graphics need to be provided in pdf format. An exception is that MetaPost output can be handled directly.

Therefore, if you normally use latex for producing drafts, sometime well in advance of the deadline you should make sure that you have no problems running pdflatex instead.

Downloading the Macros to Your Computer

The ucbthesis package consists of the file ucbthesis.cls, which 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

First, print the approval page. To do this, add a macro \approvalpage just after \maketitle in your LaTeX file, and run TeX as usual. You can then print just that page from xdvi, evince, or Adobe Reader (acroread) by going to that page and selecting the appropriate option on the "print" popup.

To create the final pdf version, 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

Last updated 11 February 2012