Each ETDR template is simply a Word document with special sections and features added to save you time. Each template contains required formatting (margins, page numbers, page breaks, etc.) as well as automated generation of the Table of Contents, List of Tables, and List of Figures.

It's not required that you use the template.  But as previous graduates will testify, the template WILL save you much time and effort if you use it from the beginning.  

The ETDR master's and doctoral templates are designed to work with Microsoft Word 2000 and up. Whenever Microsoft creates a new Word version, it typically provides compatibility with previous Word documents. Therefore, the ETDR templates are expected to work with current and future versions of Microsoft Word.
Download a Word template

Select the template you need and save the file to your computer.

The templates are in Word 97-2003 Compatibility Mode (.doc). If you're using a newer version of Word, you can save the file as a Word document (.docx).  Open the file in any version of Microsoft Word.  

Tips for using the Word template
  1. Ask to meet with an ETDR consultant for a personal overview on using the template. Highly recommended! Contact the IT Help Desk (785-532-7722, helpdesk@ksu.edu).  Meetings can be in person or videoconference.
  2. Do ALL your writing in the template and use it as your master file.
  3. Want to focus on writing?  Use just the Title, Table of Contents, and Chapter 1 for now.  Delete the sections you don't use (Abstract, Copyright, Dedication, Acknowledgements, etc.) and add them back in when you're nearing completion.    
  4. Professor only wants one chapter at a time?  Copy/paste it from your template master file into another Word file (this retains all the helpful styles settings). When the chapter gets revised, paste it back into your template master file. 
  5. Delete sample text in the template when it's no longer needed.  It illustrates Word features such as heading levels, images, tables, and captions. 
  6. The template makes extensive use of Styles (the "power tools" in Word).  If you're not familiar with Styles, read the Styles instructions for your Word version (Word 2003, Word 2007, Word 2010, Word for Mac 2004, Word for Mac 2008, Word for Mac 2011).


The LaTeX template uses a separate file for each section of your ETDR and is designed to be compiled with PDFLaTex. The template will not compile with "regular" LaTeX. The template is configured with page margins and other formatting required by the Graduate School and will automatically generate a table of contents, a list of figures, and a list of tables. If you write your ETDR in LaTeX, you are not required to use this template.

Download the LaTeX Template
  1. Click to begin downloading the LaTeX template. The same template is used for doctoral and masters papers.
  2. The template consists of several files compressed into a single file. Create a new directory named "latex_source" and use an appropriate utility to decompress the file into this directory.
  3. Study the Instructions for Using the LaTeX ETDR Template (PDF). Additional guidelines are contained within template.

Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have questions on using the LaTeX template.