Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) at Stanford is a joint initiative involving Stanford Libraries and the Office of the University Registrar that launched in Fall 2009. Teams from both organizations developed a program, with supporting policies, workflows and software, to enable the submission, processing, online availability, and preservation of theses and dissertations in digital form produced by Stanford students. University IT's Administrative Services is a third partner who oversees PeopleSoft/Axess integration points with the ETD application. The ETD application is used by Stanford students for the submission of PhD dissertations and Engineering Masters Theses only.

The Office of the Registrar supports students by providing documentation available online to eliminate the need for in-person assistance during the current COVID situation.  The streamlined submission process saves time for the Registrar and students alike, and reduces environmental impact by eliminating the need to print multiple paper copies for binding, or even more copies when last-minute corrections are required.

From 2009, when the ETD service commenced – through Winter 2021, PhD and Engineering Master's students have submitted over 8,200 theses and dissertations electronically.