Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports

Electronic Submission

All K-State graduate students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis, dissertation, or report. The Graduate School does not accept paper copies.

Open Access

Electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDR) submitted by K-State students are openly available through the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) and are indexed by Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. For information on copyright and your ETDR (such as how to legally reuse others’ works and what to do if you want to publish sections or chapters of your ETDR with an academic journal), please visit Copyright Information for Graduate Students.

Formatting your ETDR

Your ETDR must follow specific formatting guidelines. The ETDR Handbook outlines these requirements. The ETDR Handbook (PDF) , the ETDR Formatting Checklist, and other tools and resources in this site demonstrate how to correctly format your ETDR to meet Graduate School requirements. ETDR submission and other requirements must be completed by specific deadlines in order for students to graduate and participate in commencement with a designated term. Refer to the Graduation and commencement checklists at the beginning of the term in which you intend to graduate to make a plan for completing all requirements on time.

Saving your ETDR as a PDF

PDF is the format you will submit for the final version of your document after working in Word. The two important details of the PDF are that your formatting remains intact and your Table of Contents, Lists of Figures and Tables, and other links are clickable and go to their destination. In most cases you can use Word > Print > and then selecting PDF to output your document. You can also choose Save As > PDF in Word. You can also use Adobe Acrobat to export the Word document to PDF. In some cases, these steps can result in non-clickable links. When this happens, using Word online in your browser can be a solution. See instructions under "Outputting your ETDR as a PDF from Online Word" on the Frequently Asked Questions page.


If you have questions on any aspect of your ETDR, start by utilizing the templates, tools, and resources. Additionally, help is available through the Graduate School and the IT Service Desk. See Help and Contact Information to determine which office to contact for your specific question.