General FAQs

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a web-based advisement tool for advisors and students to monitor academic progress toward degree completion by reviewing a degree audit. Degree Works reorganizes a student’s transcript chronologically and categorically, easily identifying completed courses and what courses are still needed in order to fulfill degree requirements. The degree audit is divided into block requirements with checkboxes which easily outline what courses and requirements are complete and which requirements need to be fulfilled. Access to Degree Works is via MySlice.

Who can use Degree Works?

Degree Works is available to degree-seeking students. Students and advisors will be able to use the system as an advising tool to better follow the student’s progress and determine which requirements are still needed. Administrators and selected staff will also have access for the purpose of supporting student’s progress through their academic career.

Can a student register for classes in Degree Works?

No. Registration, including prerequisite checks, will continue to be accessed through MySlice – Student Services Enrollment.

Can a student change his major/minor/concentration through Degree Works?

No. A student must declare his or her change of major/minor/concentration through the appropriate process with the school/college. The Declaration of major form available on the Registrar’s website.

What is an audit?

A Degree Works audit worksheet is a review of past and current coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding catalog requirements necessary to complete a degree/major/minor/concentration program. The audit is divided into block requirements such as Degree, General Education, and Major Requirements. Each block works like a checklist that has boxes that are automatically checked when a requirement is met.

How current is a student’s information in Degree Works?

A: The information in Degree Works is refreshed nightly.  Any changes made to a student’s academic record such as grade changes or classes added/dropped will be seen in Degree Works the next day.

Does Degree Works include AP credit and transfer work?

A: Once AP scores are received from the College Board and credit is granted they are posted to the student’s record and will appear on the audit. Any transfer work articulated will also appear.

When should a student/advisor review a degree audit?

A degree audit can be reviewed at any time; however, it is recommended that a student do so with his or her academic advisor to discuss registration for an upcoming semester, after registering to ensure that the courses apply to program requirements, after grades are posted for each semester and any time changes are made to a student’s schedule or major.

How is a degree audit worksheet different from a transcript?

A degree audit is a tool to provide the student and advisor with academic information related to degree progress. It displays courses required and completed in the degree program. The academic transcript is an official university academic record and provides a chronological list of courses completed and other academic information.

Are there requirements for graduation that Degree Works doesn’t check?

There are a few it does not check. While Degree Works has been designed to check almost everything that must be completed to qualify for graduation, there may be additional requirements for your major that must be completed as well. Students and advisors should use Degree Works in conjunction with the University Catalog and any information that the department provides to ensure that the student remains on track for graduation. Students should talk with their Academic Advisor about additional requirements.

If a student is considering a major change, how can he see what is required for the major?

A student and Advisor can use the “What If” option on the Worksheets tab to do an audit using select criteria (Degree, Catalog Year, Major, College, Minor (if desired)). “What If” audits do not guarantee that the student is eligible in the new academic field.

Who should be the primary contact if a student still has questions or disagrees with the audit?

Students should contact their academic advisor first.

Are there recommended browsers for Degree Works?

Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer are recommended. Google Chrome is not recommended as there are known issues with Degree Audit worksheets not displaying correctly.

How long must my Degree Works session remain inactive before it times out?

Unlike MySlice, your Degree Works session will not time out. Therefore, it is very important to close your Degree Works browser window when finished.