What is Degree Works?
Degree Works is the Degree Audit System for Texas State University. Degree Works assists the advising process and greatly simplifies the preparation of student graduation audits. The Degree Works audit is an advising report that shows a student’s progress towards their degree. Students can request a degree audit report through the Texas State Self-Service, student services menu, under Degree Audit after they log on, for the degree program(s) in which they are enrolled or for degree programs in which they are interested. Degree Works takes the guess work out of selecting courses for future enrollment.
What does Degree Works show?
University major and graduation (i.e. general education and university degree) requirements are displayed. Degree Works shows which of these requirements the student has already fulfilled, and which remain to be completed. Degree Works also verifies that at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree were earned at Texas State. Students can print a copy and take it with them when they see their academic advisors. Instructions are available through the video tutorial link below.
Need more information? See your academic advisor.
Students should contact their academic advisor for all questions regarding their degree audit.
Learn how to use the degree audit function in Texas State Self-Service by watching the video tutorial. You will learn how to do the following:
1. Learn about degree audit reports.
2. Learn how to do a What If degree audit report.
3. Learn how to use the Look Ahead for future courses feature.
4. Learn about the advising planner tool.
5. Learn how to use the GPA calculator.
If you are having trouble logging into Degree Works due to browser issues, please see the below. If you continue to have problems, please call ITAC at 512-245-4822.
For Internet Explorer 9 & 10 releases:
a. Click “Tools” to open menu.
b. Click “Internet Options” to open menu.
c. Click “Delete” button under the Browsing history section.
d. Unclick “Preserve Favorites website data” box.
e. Click “Temporary Internet files, Cookies, History, Form data, Passwords and InPrivate filtering data” boxes.
f. Click “Delete” button to wait for history to clear.
g. Click “OK” button to exit Internet Options.
h. Close “ALL” sessions of the Internet browser.
i. Open the “Internet Explorer” browser.
j. Login to “DegreeWorks” via Texas State Self-Service.
For Firefox – any release:
a. Click “History” to open menu.
b. Click “Clear ALL History” to open menu.
c. Set Time range to clear to “Everything”.
d. Click “Browsing & Download History, Cookies, Cache, Active Logins, Offline Website Data and Site Preferences” Detail boxes.
e. Press “Clear Now” button and wait for History to clear.
f. Close “ALL” sessions of the Firefox browser.
g. Open the “Firefox” browser.
h. Login to “DegreeWorks” via Texas State Self-Service.
Question & Answer Information
Q: What are the benefits in using Degree Works?
A: Degree Works will help you:
- Determine what requirements you need to fulfill in order to complete your degree.
- View individual course grades, overall GPA, Texas State GPA, major GPA and minor GPA.
- Determine which courses you have taken at or transferred to Texas State, and which ones count as electives.
- View how transfer credits applied toward your degree.
- Verify that at least 25% of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree were earned at Texas State
- See how your coursework could be applied toward another major, minor, or concentration using the What If option.
- Confirm your academic standing.
- Estimate how many semesters it will take you to graduate.
- Learn the prerequisites and restrictions for courses by clicking on the course numbers.
Q: Who will be able to use Degree Works?
A: Advisors and students both 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.
Q: What are the benefits in using Degree Works?
A: A degree audit can be reviewed at any time but it is recommended to do so at least four times a semester:
- Before registration.
- After registration to ensure courses apply to program requirements.
- After grades for each semester are posted.
- Any time changes are made to a record.
Q: What if information in Degree Works isn't up to date?
A: There could be many reasons that information in Degree Works is not up to date. One is that Degree Works may not have been refreshed since a change was made (information is refreshed nightly) to a student record. Second, there could be some paperwork that must be completed. For example, if a grade change is pending, it is possible the form has not reached the Office of the University Registrar Office. Check with your Academic Advising Center regarding information not being up to date.
Q: Why do I receive a blank window when I click the "Save as PDF" button?
A: A Degree Works audit contains a large amount of information and because of this it will take 15-20 seconds for the PDF to generate. If after 20 seconds your PDF fails to load, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Q: Why am I receiving an error when I run a What If scenario?
A: The What If tool requires that you make a selection in the "Major" field. Failure to select a major will result in error.
Q: When can I use my Degree Works audit?
A: Use your DEGREE WORKS Audit when:
- Reviewing your progress with an academic or major advisor.
- Creating a list of questions to discuss with your advisor.
- Identifying courses that need to be completed.
- Selecting courses that meet your degree requirements.
- Determining a projected graduation date.
- Choosing a major.
- Deciding whether to add a minor or concentration.
Q: Is Degree Works the same as my transcript?
A: No, Degree Works is an unofficial audit of your coursework, as well as an outline of requirements still needed to complete your program of study.
Q: Can I register for classes in Degree Works?
A: No, Degree Works is a snapshot of courses in-progress, planned, and in your academic history. Registration and drop/add, are still handled through already-established procedures.
Q: Are my grades visible in Degree Works?
A: Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the semester, they are viewable in Degree Works.
Q: Does the Degree Works audit show all my courses even if I have taken them elsewhere?
A: Yes, all courses transferred in from other colleges, taken in the military, on permit or in study abroad should show on your degree audit. Certain courses may not be applied to your major if you have exceeded the allowable number of credits under the residency requirement. At least 25% of the minimum number of credits required for the degree must be earned at Texas State. Within this requirement, at least 24 semester credit hours must be advanced (junior or senior) and at least 12 hours of the advanced work must be completed in the major at Texas State. Additionally, at least 24 semester credit hours of the last 30 hours completed that are required for the degree must be taken at Texas State. Correspondence, extension, and off-campus coursework completed through Texas State may be applied toward residency requirements.
Q: Why isn't my transfer work meeting a requirement?
A: There could be two reasons. First, the course did not meet either the minimum number of credits and/or minimum grade requirement for use in your program of study. Second, all requirements have been met and this course is simply not needed.
Q: What is the What If feature?
A: The What If function allows you to hypothetically change your major, minor, or concentration. The What If audit will show you what coursework is required for the new major, minor, or concentration, what courses you have taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are still left for you to take.
Q: Can my advisor see my What If scenario?
A: Since What If scenarios are not stored on Degree Works, your advisor can only see your results if the two of you work through a What If procedure together.