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Degree Works FAQs

Degree Works FAQ's

What is DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is a user-friendly, web-based degree audit application and academic advisement tool to track degree progress.  It enhances the academic advisement process, but is not intended to replace face-to-face academic advisement. DegreeWorks is used to inform, but doesn’t officially certify completion.  

Where can I find DegreeWorks?

Students; Advisors; Department Chairs and ADC’s have access to DegreeWorks via the button on Gateway.

For more details about Degree Works, click here.

What are the benefits of using DegreeWorks?

  • Lists information regarding a student’s current program(s), including graduation requirements, major requirements (with concentration), as well as certain minor and certificate requirements
  • Applies courses to degree requirements and identifies courses still needed
  • Shows requirements for alternate curricula using the What-If tool
  • Displays the cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) as well as most major GPAs
  • Calculates a GPA based on performance for the term
  • Assists in determining the grade combination(s) needed to achieve a GPA goal
  • Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via internet connection

Important Note: DegreeWorks is neither an official academic transcript nor an official notification of completion of degree requirements.

What if I think there is a discrepancy on my degree audit?

A student’s degree audit is an unofficial check of the requirements they have completed and the requirements they have remaining. While unofficial, it should be an accurate reflection of their progress in meeting degree requirements. If a student or advisor believes there is an error on the degree audit, please contact Trudy Piper ( with details.

Will my degree audit clear me for graduation?

Students and their advisors may use DegreeWorks to view a student’s progress toward meeting graduation requirements, but it is not an official degree clearance. Official final degree clearance is only completed when confirmed by Office of the Registrar and the major/minor/certificate department.

How do I read my degree audit?


  • Complete – You have completed the course(s) needed.
  • Not Complete – You have not taken/registered for the course(s) needed
  • In-progress – You are currently taking/registered for, the course(s) needed.
  • Nearly Complete – Course requirements are complete, but a component is not yet met, example minimum GPA, etc.
  • Transfer Class – Indicates a course transferred in to Dickinson from another institution.
  • Any Subject or Course Number – The @ sign means “any.” When used in front of a course number/range, it means any subject – ex. @ 200:299, any 200-level course.  When used after a subject, it means any course number – ex. BIOL @, any biology course.  When two are used together is means any course – ex. @ @ with Attribute US, any course with the US Diversity attribute.

Does using the “What If” feature change my major?

No. When you select a “What If” major you are not changing your major but rather viewing how your credits would be used should you change your major. If you would like to change your major you may initiate this process by completing a “Change of Major Form” available online.

How current will my information be in DegreeWorks?

The information in DegreeWorks is refreshed each night from Banner. Any changes made today (e.g., grade changes or classes added/dropped) will be seen in DegeeWorks tomorrow.

Can I save or print my audit or a "What If" audit?

Yes. Utilizing the “Save as PDF” button, you can save or print a pdf version of your audit.

How is my degree audit different from my transcript?

Your degree audit is a tool to provide you with academic information related to your degree progress. It displays courses required and completed in your degree program. Your transcript is your official academic record and provides a chronological list of courses completed and other academic information.

What does the Graduation Calculator show?

Use this calculator to determine what you need to earn to achieve a certain cumulative GPA by graduation.
What does the Term Calculator show?
Use this calculator to enter expected grades for your in-progress (i.e. current term) courses to calculate your cumulative GPA by the end of the term.

What does the Advice Calculator show?

Use this screen to calculate the number of credits and average needed to reach your desired cumulative GPA.
Are the calculated GPAs from the GPA Calc tab guaranteed/official?
No. This is an estimate only.