I am new to Latex. I have to write thesis for my MS. For that I search latex templates and find one template at http://web.mit.edu/thesis/tex/ I edit the template accordingly but not able to change the institute name. Can anyone help me changing the name. Thanks in advance.

  • Open the template and overwrite the name in template. It should be easily find with editor (find function).
    – Zarko
    May 14, 2015 at 9:10
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    Read the Copyrights first. But you can use on preamble \def\MIT{MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY} \def\Mit{Massachusetts Institute of Technology}
    – Sigur
    May 14, 2015 at 9:12
  • @Sigur: As long as the OP does not change the mitthesis.cls explicitly the redefinition of \MIT or \Mit should be no issue at all. The question is rather, if this class can be applied to a document that should not be a MIT thesis at all (otherwise the name change would be not really useful)
    – user31729
    May 14, 2015 at 9:28
  • @ChristianHupfer, this is the reason I suggested the OP to read the Copyrights before to use and change the template.
    – Sigur
    May 14, 2015 at 9:41
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    @Zarko: Well, you implied that ;-) Again, this is the usual template crisis ... formatting issues, copyright issues ... that's why I don't like templates
    – user31729
    May 14, 2015 at 9:48

2 Answers 2


The MIT Thesis Template is meant for writing a thesis at MIT. It is not suited for other universities.

You can redefine the name of the institution using

\renewcommand{\mit}{School of Duck Science}.

Just an update related to this old post. A new MIT thesis template was released in 2023, and it is available in CTAN: https://ctan.org/pkg/mitthesis

This new latex template allows changing the institutional information shown on the cover page, including the name of school, copyright details, and "chairman" or acceptor information (see the documentation ).

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