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I woould like to make a cover for my thesis with latex. It should look like the following, which I mane with MS Word:

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I only know the commands:

\title{...}
\author{...}
\date{...}

But don't know how to get my thing... Can somobody help me with that?

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Take a look at the titling package. That makes this stuff pretty easy and is well-documented. It does depend on your class etc., though, so if you need further help, please post a Minimum Working Example showing what you've tried and your basic document set up. –  cfr May 15 at 1:20
    
Thanks, I will have a look at it... –  RStudent May 15 at 1:22
    
Although titling is a useful package, its documentation is a very hard read to novice users of LaTeX. –  Sverre May 15 at 5:52

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Without knowing the class you're using, here's an attempt.

\documentclass[a4paper]{book}
\usepackage[pass,showframe]{geometry} % showframe is just for the example

\usepackage{kantlipsum} % just for the example

\begin{document}

\frontmatter

\begin{titlepage}
\newgeometry{margin=3cm}
\centering

\vspace*{\stretch{2}}

\Large The Title of my Thesis

\vspace{\stretch{1}}

\normalsize The duration: 12 weeks

\vspace{\stretch{0.5}}

\begin{tabular}{ll}
Submission date & xx.yy.zzzz \\[2ex]
Student's name  & Name \\[2ex]
From            & Place
\end{tabular}

\vspace{\stretch{3}}

\begin{tabular*}{\textwidth}{@{}l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}l@{}}
My name & My professor's name \\[2ex]
        & My supervisor's name
\end{tabular*}

\vspace{\stretch{2}}
\end{titlepage}

\restoregeometry
\cleardoublepage

\tableofcontents

\mainmatter

\chapter{Introduction}

\kant

\end{document}

The important option for geometry is pass, whereas showframe is just for showing that the cover page is centered on the page. If you already use geometry, just set its options and remove pass.

A bird's eye view

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The title page

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AN example for my university:

\documentclass[english,ngerman,parskip=half]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{libertine}
\usepackage{microtype}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{xcolor}

\begin{document}

\begin{titlepage}
\vspace*{-3cm}
\makebox[\dimexpr\textwidth+2cm][r]{\includegraphics[height=1.5cm]{FULogoRGB(1)}} 

\vspace*{5cm}
\begin{center}
\Huge\bfseries\sffamily Die nordamerikanische Wanderratte im
Vergleich zur chinesischen.

\vspace*{2cm}
\large 
von

Herbert Voß
\end{center}

\enlargethispage{3cm}
\vfill
\parbox[t]{0.45\textwidth}{%
    Matrikelnummer: 1234572              \\
    Fachbereich: Biologie und  Pharmazie \\
    Institut: Insekten                   \\
    \today
  }%
\hfill
\begin{tabular}[t]{l@{}}%{\raggedleft%
Gutachter:\\
  Prof. A.\,Krachulke\\
  Dr. M.\,Schnasebeutel
\end{tabular}
%}%
\end{titlepage}

foo

\end{document}

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You can use this:

\documentclass[13pt,a4paper,oneside]{book}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsthm,amsfonts,amssymb}
\usepackage{etoolbox}
\AtBeginEnvironment{array}{\setlength{\arraycolsep}{50pt}} % This controls the distance between the columns
\begin{document}

\thispagestyle{empty} 
%\hrule\vspace{0.025truein}\hrule %Decorative lines. Might work..
\begin{center}
\vspace{0.3truein}
{\large Title of the thesis}\\
\vspace{2truein}
{\large The duration: 12 weeks}\\
\vspace{1.5truein}
\[
\begin{array}{ll}
\mbox{Submission date} & \mbox{xx.yy.zz}\\
\mbox{Student's name} & \mbox{Name}\\
\mbox{From} & \mbox{Place of birth}
\end{array}
\]
\vspace{6cm}
\[
\begin{array}{ll}
\mbox{My name} & \mbox{My professor's name}\\
& \mbox{My supervisor's name}
\end{array}
\]
\end{center}
%\hrule\vspace{0.025truein}\hrule %Decorative lines. Might work..
\end{document}

It will give you this:

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Hope it works for your needs. Greetings!

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The 13pt option has no effect, did you mean 12pt? Also, I wouldn't set the arraycolsep for all arrays, what if he uses that environment elsewhere? Instead of using math mode, I would use two tabulars and add \setlength{\tabcolsep}{50pt} before the first. The center environment will localise that change, so it doesn't effect tables later in the document. –  Torbjørn T. May 15 at 6:10
    
Nice suggestions. You're right. It's easier and nicer that way. Greetings. –  Sébastien May 15 at 14:01

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