Producing an NMSU Thesis in LaTeX

At this page you will find all the files needed to produce an NMSU Thesis in LaTeX. The instructions depend on whether you type your thesis directly in LaTeX or if you use Scientific Word/Workplace.

Instructions for those who use Overleaf

Overleaf is a free online LaTeX editor that supports saving your project on cloud, real-time compilation, sharing and many other features.

You can use our thesis template to create your project.

Just open this link and then click 'Open as Template'. The project with the thesis files will be automatically created for your Overleaf account. You can immediately start editing the project, and the changes will be saved online.

Instructions for those who type directly in LaTeX.

The following table contains files that you will use to produce your thesis. These files are available in a single zip file. You can get them by clicking on the following link:

Main Document Front Matter Main Matter Class File
  • title.tex
  • approval.tex
  • dedica.tex
  • ackno.tex
  • vita.tex
  • abstract.tex
  • intro.tex
  • chp1a.tex
  • table.tex
  • graphics.tex
  • biblio.tex
  • nmsuth01cls


The file main.tex is the document you will use to organize your thesis. This file inputs the related documents to create the front matter, body, and references of the thesis. The compiled version of this document is available in postscript, dvi, and pdf format. The compiled version of this document gives samples of an NMSU thesis along with some advice for writing a thesis and for using these files.

At the minimum you will need main.tex, title.tex, approval.tex, vita.tex, abstract.tex, and nmsuth01.cls. The Front Matter documents are described as follows:

  • title.tex: title page
  • approval.tex: approval page
  • dedica.tex: dedication page
  • ackno.tex: acknowledgements page
  • vita.tex: vita page
  • abstract.tex: abstract of the thesis

Instructions for Users of Scientific Workplace.

The following table contains files that you will use to produce your thesis. You can get these files in a single zip file by clicking on the following link:


Main Document Front Matter Main Matter Class File
  • title-sw.tex
  • approval-sw.tex
  • dedica-sw.tex
  • ackno-sw.tex
  • vita-sw.tex
  • abstract-sw.tex
  • thesisbody.tex
  • nmsuth01.cls
  • nmsuth01.cst


After you download and unzip the zip file, place all of these files in the same directory. You should also read the file main-sw.pdf for more detailed information about using these files. Place the file nmsuth01.cst in the directory c:\swp35\styles\nmsuth01. You will probably have to first create the directory nmsuth01 inside c:\swp35\styles. You can do this by going to My Computer, opening up the directory c:\swp35\styles, clicking on file, then new, then folder, and then naming the folder nmsuth01. If you use a newer version of Scientific Workplace than 3.5, you should place these files in the appropriate directory (i.e., replace swp35 above by swpxy if you are using version x.y.)

Write the body of your thesis, using any style you wish. You may also write an abstract page in Scientific Workplace. Once you are finished with your typing, open the file thesisbody.tex, delete any text you find, except for the grey boxes right before the sample references. Then click on file, then import contents, and then locate the file for your thesis. Then save the file. Next, edit the files title-sw.tex, approval-sw.tex, dedica-sw.tex, ackno-sw.tex, vita-sw.tex, and abstract-sw.tex, by putting in the appropriate data. Make sure you do not delete any of the blank spaces or other formatting commands. If you typed an abstract, open the file abstract-sw.tex, place the cursor immediately before the first line of the abstract itself (which starts Type your abstract here), click on file, then import contents, and enter the name of your abstract file. Finally, delete the existing line starting with Type your abstract here, and then save.

Once you have modified the front matter pages, open the file main-sw.tex and compile/preview the document three times.

Last Modified: 10 April 2019