Oakland University

Degree Works FAQ

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is an online tool designed to assist students and their advisers with tracking degree progress, preparing for registration, and planning for graduation. Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising. It is not meant to replace regular meetings with your Academic Adviser, but rather to facilitate your interactions with your adviser and to keep you on the path to graduation.

How does Degree Works work?

Degree Works reviews courses from a student’s academic record and organizes them into blocks of requirements to help students easily identify courses that have been completed and what courses are still needed in order to complete degree requirements.

What is a degree audit?

A Degree Works degree audit is an easy-to-read view of the requirements for your selected program of study. The audit is essentially a checklist of requirements for your degree through Oakland University. Completed and in-progress classes are used to fill spots within the audit worksheet showing which requirements have been completed, which are in progress (registered for), and what classes/requirements still remain to be completed.

Who can use Degree Works?

All currently enrolled students with a catalog year of Fall 2015 or later. Generally, your catalog year is the semester and year in which you first attended Oakland University. If you have a catalog year prior to Fall 2015, you may still have a Degree Works audit depending on the program of study you have selected. You will still need to meet with your advisor for assistance determining your degree requirements and to create a plan of study. Advisors will also have access to your Degree Works audit.

When should I look at my degree audit?

You can review your degree audit worksheet anytime! However, you should especially review your audit worksheet:

1. Before you meet with your adviser to register for classes for the upcoming year.

2. After registration to determine that the courses you registered for applied to your audit like you thought they would.

3. After your grades for each semester are posted.

4. Any time you make a change to your schedule or major.

5. When you need to know which classes to take.

6. Before you apply to graduate so that you can ensure you have planned to complete all degree requirements in the semester you intend to graduate.

Your audit is set up to display the requirements for your program of study in separate blocks for your degree, major(s), minor(s) and concentration(s). Each block will list the requirements you will need to fulfill to complete that block. Meet with your advisor regularly to discuss your audit, your plan of study and any questions you have about any requirements listed.

Important Note:

Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions. It is neither an official academic transcript nor an official notification of degree requirements and should not be treated as such.