Degree Works is a web-based degree audit tool that will help students electronically monitor their progress toward degree completion. This tool greatly enhances and assists students in navigating curriculum requirements.  

Degree Works combines the University of Michigan-Dearborn's degree requirements and the student's completed and in-progress coursework into an easy-to-read worksheet that will help students see how courses completed at UM-Dearborn, and courses transferred from other schools count toward degree requirements. Degree Works also displays for students the courses and requirements that still need to be completed. This system is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions. We anticipate that this tool will enhance efficiencies and foster more personal interactions between advisors and students.

Instructions

Instructions for undergraduate students using Degree Works.

The Student View is the default worksheet format type. It provides general information about your completed and remaining degree requirements, grouped into blocks.

Degree Displays your current degree program. If pursuing more than one degree, only the degree for the audit you are currently viewing will be displayed. Use the drop-down menu to display the other degree audit worksheet.
Level Displays undergraduate level or graduate level
Classification Displays your classification (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior).
Major Displays your declared major(s).
Minor Displays your declared current minor(s) (if applicable).
Concentration Displays your declared current concentration(s) (if applicable).
Program Degree code and major
College Displays the College of your declared major(s).
Overall GPA This displays your overall (official) GPA.

Degree Block: This lists all of the requirements for your specific degree, like the minimum total credit hours and catalog year. It also displays the title of each requirement area (block), such as general education, major requirements, etc. This block will never have the “Complete” symbol (green checkmark) until all other blocks have been completed.

Dearborn Discovery Core (General Education) Block: Lists all of the general education requirements for a degree. Some Dearborn Discovery Core requirements may be satisfied by your major and/or minor requirements.

Major Block: This block will list the courses required to complete the major. You may see additional blocks such as Pre-Major Requirements, Pre-Professional Studies, Cognate, Concentration Requirements, etc. that are required in addition to these courses.

Concentration Block: Lists courses required to complete the Concentration(s) within a specific major(s) (if applicable).

Minor Block: Lists all courses required to complete a minor(s) (if applicable).

Optional Blocks
These blocks will only appear on your audit if you have courses that meet these parameters. For example, if you’re not registered for classes, you won’t see an In-Progress block.

In-Progress: The courses that the student is currently registered for are listed here in addition to displaying where they fit throughout the audit.
Electives and Additional Courses: These are courses (electives) that count towards the total required number of hours, but do not fill a specific degree requirement.
Not Counted: These are courses that either exceed the number of transfer credits eligible for degree credit, or that are considered developmental and therefore, will not count as hours towards graduation.
Insufficient: These courses include any incomplete courses, any courses from which you've withdrawn, any audited course, repeated courses, any course that did not meet a specific grade requirement, or any course you did not pass.

Legend and Disclaimer
The legend contains all of the unique symbols that are important for interpreting the Degree Works worksheet.

It is important to read and understand the disclaimer located at the bottom of the worksheet. Please note that this worksheet audit is not an official transcript or an official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements. You should refer to your catalog and talk with your advisor to fully interpret the worksheet audit.

Course Links and Attribute Links
When a requirement has not yet been completed, the worksheet will display courses or
course attribute that are still needed to complete the requirement. These
courses/attributes are also hyperlinks, that when clicked, will display catalog course
information.

Course Attribute: click on the attribute to display course choices and catalog information.
Course Link: click on the course number to display the catalog information.

Class History
Click on the three dot ellipsis located near the top right corner of the worksheet, then select “Class History”. The Class History will open in a new tab. Class History is broken down by term similar to an unofficial transcript. This should not, however, be considered or used as an official University transcript.

 

 

 

Instructions for graduate students using Degree Works.

The Student View is the default worksheet format type. It provides general information about your completed and remaining degree requirements, grouped into blocks.

Degree Displays your current degree program. If pursuing more than one degree, only the degree for the audit you are currently viewing will be displayed. Use the drop-down menu to display the other degree audit worksheet.
Level Displays graduate level
Classification Displays your classification (Graduate).
Major Displays your declared major(s).
Concentration Displays your declared current concentration(s) (if applicable).
Program Degree code and major
College Displays the College of your declared major(s).
Overall GPA This displays your overall (official) GPA.

Degree Block: This lists all of the requirements for your specific degree, like the minimum total credit hours and catalog year. It also displays the title of each requirement area (block), such as major requirements. This block will never have the “Complete” symbol (green checkmark) until all other blocks have been completed.

Major Block: This block will list the courses required to complete the major. You may see additional blocks such as concentration, cognates, electives etc. that are required in addition to these courses

Concentration Block: Lists courses required to complete the Concentration(s) within a specific major(s) (if applicable).

Optional Blocks
These blocks will only appear on your audit if you have courses that meet these parameters. For example, if you’re not registered for classes, you won’t see an In-Progress block.
● In-Progress: The courses that the student is currently registered for are listed here.
Electives and Additional Courses: These are courses (electives) that count towards the total required number of hours, but do not fill a specific degree requirement.
Not Counted: These are courses that do not count in the graduate program either exceed the number of transfer credits eligible for degree credit, or that were completed at the undergraduate level, or exceeded some other program specific rule and therefore, will not count as hours towards graduation.
Insufficient: These courses include any incomplete courses, any courses from which you've withdrawn, any audited course, repeated courses, any course that did not meet a specific grade requirement, or any course you did not pass.

Legend and Disclaimer
The legend contains all of the unique symbols that are important for interpreting the Degree Works worksheet.

It is important to read and understand the disclaimer located at the bottom of the worksheet. Please note that this worksheet audit is not an official transcript or an official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements. You should refer to your catalog and talk with your advisor to fully interpret the worksheet audit.

Course Links and Attribute Links
When a requirement has not yet been completed, the worksheet will display courses or course attribute that are still needed to complete the requirement. These courses/attributes are also hyperlinks, that when clicked, will display catalog course information.
Course attribute: click on the attribute to display course choices and catalog information (not typically used in graduate programs).
Course Link: click on the course number to display the catalog information.

What-If
If you have declared a major, but are considering adding or changing majors, the What-If function will display the courses you have taken and where they would fit into a new field of study.

The system starts with a blank slate so for accurate results, you must select:
- Catalog Year
- Level (ex. Graduate G1)
- Degree
- College (you must select the correct college for accurate results. If you are uncertain which college you should select, check the Undergraduate Catalog).
- Major
- Concentration (some majors require a concentration, check the Graduate Catalog if the major of interest requires a concentration).

To access the What-If function, click on the “What If ”just below the student information block:

After selecting the desired criteria, scroll down and press the “Process” button. Degree Works will then take your entire course history and apply it to an audit with the newly selected changes. Any wrong combination of degree, major and minor will result in an error. See your academic advisor if you need assistance.

What-If: Future Classes
To see an audit worksheet showing courses for which you plan to register in future terms, check the “use current term” box in the What-If Analysis. Enter the Subject and Number of each anticipated course. Please note: there is no guarantee of class availability for any given term. Once done, click the “Process” button.

Class History
Click on the three dot ellipsis located near the top right corner of the worksheet, then select “Class History”. The Class History will open in a new tab. Class History is broken down by term similar to an unofficial transcript. This should not, however, be considered or used as an official University transcript.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights

  • Supports real-time delivery of progress towards degree completion, 24/7
  • Provides a clear picture of degree requirements to help you navigate the most effective path to graduation
  • Minimizes errors through consistent degree plans and promotes uniformity in advising
  • Students have the ability to map their schedule for future terms and display how future courses fit into requirements
  • The "What if?" feature displays scenarios that allow students and advisors to understand the impact of every academic option.
  • The online environment reduces paperwork and manual degree checklists

The degree compliance audits that are produced by Degree Works are dependent on a student's major/concentration and are organized by blocks. The blocks show what requirements are needed for a specific degree, major or minor, and help students to determine what is needed to fulfill the requirements within each block.  Data is extracted from the Student Information System into Degree Works on a nightly basis. Any change to your record in the Student Information System will not be reflected in Degree Works until the next day.

Additional Information

For questions regarding your Degree Works audit, contact your academic advisor. 

Degree Works Audit is available for students who were admitted or readmitted to a degree program in Fall 2013 or later.

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