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MSU Thesis Class Version 4.2b 2024/05/16

Copyright 2011-2024 by Alan Munn <amunn@msu.edu>

This is a class file for producing dissertations and theses according to the Michigan State University Graduate School Guidelines for Electronic Submission of Master's Theses and Dissertations (January 2023).

The class is based on the memoir document class, and therefore inherits all of the functionality of that class.

distribution requirements

The msu-thesis class requires an up-to-date distribution, 2022 release or later.

Engine requirements

The msu-thesis class works with all engines (pdf, XeLaTeX, Lua).

Update on new formatting requirements (Fall 2022)

The msu-thesis development team is displeased to announce a new and "improved" version of the class that conforms to the most recent (September 2022) MSU Thesis Formatting Guide. Among the notable new features are implementation of questionable formatting requirements that will make your thesis look more and more like it was produced using MSWord. Other important changes include a new title page with your name 2 inches lower than before, and a new copyright page with the copyright text left aligned and centred vertically, a tour de force of bad typography. Some minor positive changes include the removal of bibliography and appendix cover pages.


Please read the documentation!


The msu-thesis class is part of both Live and Mik, so you should either already have it or should be able to install it with your package manager if you have an up-to-date distribution.

If you wish to install it locally, follow the directions below:

Put msu-thesis.cls into

<local texmf>/tex/latex/msu-thesis

Put msu-thesis.tex, msu-thesis.pdf and the samples folder into

<local texmf>/doc/latex/msu-thesis

Alternatively, you can simply put a copy of msu-thesis.cls in the same folder as your thesis source file.

The samples folder contains two thesis test-files and a template.

Overleaf users

If you are using Overleaf, you should upload a copy of msu-thesis.cls to your project. It must have exactly this name to be found. Click on the Menu icon and make sure to choose the latest version of Live for compilation.

This package may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the Project Public License, either version 1.3 of this license or any later version. The latest version of this license is in http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt and version 1.3 or later is part of all distributions of version 2005/12/01 or later.

This package has the LPPL maintenance status "maintained".

The Current Maintainer of this package is Alan Munn.

This package consists of the following source file:

  • msu-thesis.cls

Documentation files:

  • msu-thesis.tex
  • msu-thesis.pdf

A template file:

  • MSU-thesis-template.tex

Two test files and a test bibliography:

MSU-thesis-testfile.tex MSU-thesis-chapterbib-testfile.tex MSU-thesis-testfile.bib


Use at your own risk! Report bugs/problems/questions to amunn@msu.edu or use the GitHub repository bug tracker.

Usage survey

If you are using the class, please take a moment to fill out my anonymous usage survey. Thanks! You should be signed into your MSU Google account to access the form, but the form itself is anonymous.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (554.5k).

msu-thesis – Class for Michigan State University Master’s and PhD theses

This is a class file for producing dissertations and theses according to the Michigan State University Graduate School Guidelines for Electronic Submission of Master’s Theses and Dissertations. The class should meet all current requirements and is updated whenever the university guidelines change.

The class is based on the memoir document class, and inherits the functionality of that class.

Home pagehttps://amunn.github.io/msu-thesis
Bug trackerhttps://github.com/amunn/msu-thesis/issues
Version4.2b 2024-05-16
LicensesThe Project Public License 1.3
Copyright2009–2024 Alan Munn
MaintainerAlan Munn
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