The PurdueThesis LaTeX document class
Mark Senn <>
February 12, 2021
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CURRENT VERSIONS: Current version of thesis.tex is 2021-02-05. Current version of PurdueThesis.cls is 2021-02-05. See Get the software for all current file versions.


Puthesis is deprecated. The Purdue Graduate School no longer accepts theses using it. Use this PurdueThesis LaTeX document class from now on. PurdueThesis is abbreviated “PuTh” and pronounced “pooth” (rhymes with “tooth”). Purdue's puthesis software was renamed to PurdueThesis during a major upgrade so it would not be confused with Princeton University's puthesis software.

PurdueThesis can be used for

All the needed software is free.


 Why use PurdueThesis?
 Get the software
 Enter \documentclass parameters
 Continue with your thesis
 Frequently Asked Questions
 To get PurdueThesis help and report bugs


For historical reasons, to use the same nomenclature as other Purdue departments, and be able to lump instructions describing master's bypass reports, master's theses, PhD dissertations, and PhD preliminary reports together the word “thesis” will be used to refer to any of these. The term “bypass report” will be used to refer to things that are master's bypass report specific, “dissertation” to refer to things that are dissertation specific, and “prelim report” to refer to things that are PhD preliminary report specific.

Why use PurdueThesis?

The Purdue's Thesis and Dissertation Office recommends it.

Thousands of people have graduated using it. You won't need to “reinvent the wheel.”

All formatting details are done automatically, you can concentrate on the content of your thesis instead of worrying about margins, typefaces, etc.

It is especially convenient for typesetting mathematics.

Many people think it produces more attractive output than other systems.

Some (especially engineering, mathematics, and science) journals use LaTeX. You may be able to cut large chunks out of your thesis, change a few lines at the top of the resulting file, and send that to a journal.

Using LaTeX and BibTeX is very common in the scientific community. Sooner or later you may need to learn it anyway.


Puthesis has played an instrumental part in decreasing the number of revisions that are asked of depositors. Over 75% of puthesis users pass formatting without any revision requests, which reduces student stress at deposit time. Our staff highly recommends puthesis as a prelim and final thesis tool as it allows students to focus more on the content of their thesis and less on the formatting.
—Ashlee Mesersmith, MS, Manager, Thesis/Dissertation Office

Many candidates have made favorable comments about puthesis when depositing their theses. We strongly recommend candidates consider learning puthesis prior to the writing process. Using puthesis cuts formatting discrepancies to almost zero, drastically reduces the possibility of revision requests, and helps ensure stress-free deposits!
—Mark D. Jaeger, former Manager, Thesis/Dissertation Office

The puthesis class file for LaTeX has helped hundreds of ECE graduate students meet the requirements for format approval. Using it allows them to focus on the content of their thesis without concern for the myriad of formatting details that it automatically handles. The Graduate School's Thesis/Dissertation Office also recommends the use of puthesis and LaTeX.
—Andy Hughes, former ECE Thesis Format Advisor

Complete list of testimonials.

Get the software

You'll need access to LaTeX. Purdue's Thesis and Dissertation Office recommends using Overleaf if you use LaTeX. To get started go to the PurdueThesis documentclass template and click “Open as Template”. Please take note that Overleaf SHOULD NOT be used for writing, editing, or publishing documents or research papers that contain data subject to EAR, ITAR, DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, and other controlled data designators due to the increased security required for these types of data.

If you don't want to run LaTeX over the web using Overleaf, LaTeX may already be installed on your computer.

file contains all the files for the PurdueThesis template. All the files are listed below.

These are the individual files in the template:
template/thesis.tex2021-02-05PurdueThesis template file
template/PurdueThesis.cls2021-02-05beta Purdue University thesis document class
template/all-biblatex.bib2021-01-11example BibLaTeX data file
template/all-bibtex.bib2021-01-11example BibTeX data file
template/ametsoc2014.bst2014-05-07American Meteorology Society 2014 BibTeX format
template/ch-front.tex2021-01-04front matter chapter
template/ch-introduction.tex2021-01-04introduction chapter
template/ch-recommendations.tex2021-01-04recommendations chapter
template/ch-summary.tex2021-01-04summary chapter
template/ch-testing.tex2021-01-11testing chapter
template/ap-about-appendices.tex2021-01-04about the appendices appendix
template/ap-astronomy.tex2021-01-04astronomy appendix
template/ap-biology.tex2021-01-04biology appendix
template/ap-chapter-appendices.tex2021-01-04chapter appendices appendix
template/ap-chapter-references.tex2021-01-04chapter references appendix
template/ap-check-margins.tex2021-01-04check margins appendix
template/ap-chemistry.tex2021-01-04chemistry appendix
template/ap-citations.tex2021-01-04citations appendix
template/ap-common-mistakes.tex2021-01-04common mistakes appendix
template/ap-defining-commands.tex2021-01-04defining commands appendix
template/ap-electrical-engineering.tex2021-01-04electrical engineering appendix
template/ap-figures.tex2021-02-04figures appendix
template/ap-graphics.tex2021-01-04graphics appendix
template/ap-linguistics.tex2021-01-04linguistics appendix
template/ap-mathematics.tex2021-02-10mathematics appendix
template/ap-music.tex2021-01-04music appendix
template/ap-numbers-and-units.tex2021-01-04numbers and units appendix
template/ap-physics.tex2021-01-04physics appendix
template/ap-publications.tex2021-01-04publications appendix
template/ap-resources.tex2021-01-04resources appendix
template/ap-tables.tex2021-01-04tables appendix
template/ap-text.tex2021-01-04text appendix
template/ap-video.tex2021-01-04video appendix
template/ap-vita.tex2021-01-04vita appendix
template/graphics/gr-gridlines.pdf2021-01-04grid lines
template/graphics/gr-kim1.pdf2021-01-04graphics file
template/graphics/gr-marginlines.pdf2021-01-04margin lines
template/graphics/gr-plot.pdf2021-01-04a plot
template/graphics/gr-pu-seal.pdf2021-01-04Purdue University seal
template/graphics/gr-uh-seal.pdf2021-01-04University of Hawaii seal
template/packages/pa-ditto.sty2021-01-04ditto mark package
template/packages/pa-figure-dash.sty2021-01-04figure dash package
template/packages/pa-logos.sty2021-01-04logos package
template/packages/pa-mismath.sty2021-01-25modified mismath.sty system file
template/packages/pa-repeat.sty2021-01-04repeat package
template/packages/pa-typographic-conventions.sty  2021-01-04  typographic conventions package

Enter \documentclass parameters

Look for \documentclass in the thesis.tex file. Change the parameters as appropriate.

Required parameters

The following parameters are required.


Choose an institution name from the following list:
Purdue University
University of Hawaii (don't include the ʻokina here, it will get printed automatically)


Choose a campus from the following list:
Fort Wayne
Manoa (don't include the macron character here, it will get printed automatically)
West Lafayette


Choose a program from the following list:
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Agricultural Economics
American Studies
Animal Sciences
Art and Design
Aviation and Transportation Technology
Basic Medical Sciences
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Botany and Plant Pathology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Child Development and Family Studies
Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Comparitive Pathobiology
Computer and Information Science
Computer and Information Technology
Computer Graphics Technology
Computer Science
Construction Management Technology
Consumer Science
Curriculum and Instruction
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Educational Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering Education
Food Science
Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Forestry and Natural Resources
Health and Kinesiology
Health Sciences
History and Philosphy
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Human Development and Family Studies
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy
Industrial Engineering
Interdisciplinary Biomedical Studies Program
Interdisciplinary Studies (Comparitive Literature)
Languages and Cultures
Materials Engineering
Mathematical Sciences
Mechanical and Energy Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechnical and Civil Engineering
Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Nuclear Engineering
Nutrition Science
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management  
Pharmacy Practice
Philosophy and Literature
Physics and Astronomy
Political Science
Psychological Sciences
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Technology Leadership and Innovation
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Youth Development and Agricultural Education


Choose a degree from the following list:
Doctor of Audiology
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Library Science
Master of Science
Master of Science in Agriculture
Master of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Management
Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Master of Science in Building Construction Management
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Education
Master of Science in Human Resources Management
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Science in Industrial Technology
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Materials Engineering
Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering


Choose a document from the following list:
A Dissertation
A Master's Bypass Report
A Preliminary Report
A Thesis


Enter ``May'', ``August'', or ``December'', followed by a single space, and then the four digit year.


Enter the title of your thesis.

Optional parameters

There aren't any optional parameters yet.

Continue with your thesis

Continue changing the template by inserting your information.


     Merriam-Webster dictionary

Dissertation advice (both of these are short, please read them)
     Dissertation Advice, Olin Shivers
     How To Write A Dissertation, Douglas E. Comer

LaTeX information

Running LaTeX on the web

Style manual
     Chicago Manual of Style (writing English mostly)
     Mathematical Writing


     doi2bib, @doi2bib, Citations in BibTeX format from DOIs

     Overleaf, @overleaf, Create, edit & publish your research - all from your browser. Our real-time collaborative LaTeX editor automatically produces & displays your typeset document.


TeX Stack Exchange, @StackTeX, a Q&A site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems

     TeX and Typography, @TeXtip, Tweets on TeX, LaTeX, and typography.


Frequently Asked Questions

Part of thesis with problem

To get help

Insure you are signed up for the PurdueThesis mailing list and then follow the instructions in How to Get LaTeX Help. Overleaf does not support this software—do not contact them.


NOTES TO SELF: LaTeX books, LaTeX web pages.

The history section is under construction.


2020-09-30 2.0.0-beta.41 2020/10/11 2.0.0-beta.42 2021-01-11 beta 2021-02-04 beta 2021-02-05 beta 2021-02-15 beta

Revised: February 12, 2021
Created: February 20, 2020