This is your tool of tools as a grad student. You will be required to submit your thesis as an electronic file with PSU's . LaTeX (pronounced la-tech or lay-tech) works in every computing environment and will remain manageable when your thesis or paper gets large. We have templates for thesis and dissertation requirements at Penn State and for many publications. [Mac:] TeXShop, Ubuntu Linux: TeXLive, Windows: MiKTex. [Required]
There are fields in the front matter template for the Table of Contents, and the Lists. A field is a placeholder for data that may change in a document - like page numbers. As long as styles were used to mark the headings, you should be able to update the Table of Contents field, and it will display all of the headings and appropriate page numbers for you.
Often universities provide official LaTeX templates for PhD theses
I have made two new templates for thesis using the following method which allows for the user to select them on the fly from the templates drop down on the right hand column of the edit page screen instead of having to use conditionals to decide where the templates should be in action…