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Saint Louis University’s new online degree evaluation, Degree Works, is available to students via mySLU and can help you schedule the appropriate courses each semester.

Degree Works worksheets indicate which program and graduation requirements have been satisfied and those you still must complete.

Frequently Asked Questions: Degree Works at SLU

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a web-based tool designed to assist students, faculty, and certain designated staff with monitoring a student’s academic progress toward degree completion. Degree Works organizes coursework in an easy-to-read degree audit summarizing completed requirements for a degree, as well as those that are still missing. It also shows how each requirement has been satisfied and what courses can be taken to complete remaining requirements. The degree audit does not replace academic advising, it is a supplement.

How do I access Degree Works?

Degree Works can be accessed through the

Who can use Degree Works?

Degree Works is available to degree seeking undergraduate students and select graduate/professional students.

Do I still need to see an academic advisor?

Yes! Degree Works does not take the place of a meeting with your academic advisor or faculty mentor. Your advisor/mentor is your first point of contact for questions about your degree audit. You should always review your degree audit prior to meeting with your advisor/mentor, preparing any questions that you may have regarding your degree requirements.

When is my academic information updated in Degree Works?

The information in Degree Works is updated each night or when you process a new worksheet.

Is the Degree Works audit the same as an academic transcript?

No. The Degree Works worksheet is an unofficial advising and planning tool. It is not your official academic transcript nor is it your official confirmation of degree completion.

How is a Degree Works worksheet organized?

A worksheet is a review of past, current, and in-progress coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding catalog requirements necessary to complete your degree, major, minor and concentration requirements, when applicable. The worksheet is divided into block requirements such as degree or certificate; University Undergraduate Core or college core; major, concentration and minor requirements. Each block works like a checklist with circles that are automatically checked when a requirement is met.

What type of worksheets am I able to see?

Student view (default): Most frequently used and displays a detailed view of students’ degree requirements.

Registration checklist: A simplified view of the courses remaining.

Can a worksheet be printed?

 Yes. There is a printer icon located near the top of the audit.

What are some helpful hints for reviewing my worksheet?
  • The legend at the bottom of the worksheet explains the symbols used in the audit.
  • The student view header contains current student information, including name, student ID, classification, advisor, overall GPA, level, degree, major, minor, concentration, academic standing, sport, etc
  • In the student view header, the degree progress circle shows progress toward degree based on an estimate of the total credits required for a degree.
  • In registration checklist header, the degree progress circles show progress toward degree based on an estimate of the total average of courses and credits required for a degree.
  • The degree block is a summary and list of requirements needed to complete a degree. Checkboxes in the audit indicate whether a course is complete, in-progress or still needed.
    • Green circles with a checkmark indicate a requirement is satisfied.
    • Blue half-filled circles indicate a requirement is in the process of being satisfied.
    • Red circles indicate a requirement is still needed.
  • Non required courses, insufficient and in-progress courses are listed in designated blocks at the bottom of the audit.
What does it mean if classes are listed under the non-required, insufficient or in-progress blocks?
In-progress or successfully completed courses that do not apply directly to a student’s program of study are listed under the non-required courses block. Courses that do not meet a grade requirement or are excluded from the program requirements (i.e. remedial) are listed under the insufficient block. These courses may be applied to the GPA. Current course enrollments and future course registrations are included in the in-progress block.
How are in-progress courses used in degree audit?
Courses students are currently taking or have registered for in a future semester are included on the worksheet. These courses are applied in the block where they meet a specific requirement. They are also grouped at the bottom of the worksheet in the in-progress block. These courses may show a grade of IP (in-progress), or if progress grades have been reported they may show as a letter grade, however, the grade will be in parenthesis to indicate that they are not final grades.
Why some courses are not applied to my degree requirements?
Courses listed in the "Fall Through": These credits exceed degree requirements, or insufficient blocks do not meet any of the program requirements. Credits and grades in the non-required block apply to your overall GPA and may count toward the total number of credits need to complete your degree. Students should meet with their academic advisor/mentor to clarify any questions about these blocks.
Can I view a list of all my complete classes in Degree Works?
Yes. Click on the ellipsis (three dots) on the top right and then class history for a list of courses taken at Saint Louis University, as well as transfer courses.  Please note, this is not an official transcript.
What does my worksheet look like if I’m pursuing two degrees (B.S. and B.A.)?
There is a drop-down arrow next to the degree information at the top of the worksheet. Use this to select your second degree. 
What if I’m pursuing a double major?
If you’re pursuing a second major within the same degree (B.A. in Psychology with a major in Sociology), both majors will appear in the student view header and will display on the same worksheet in separate blocks.
Does Degree Works include transfer courses?
Yes. Once transfer credits are received, reviewed and articulated they are posted to your record and will appear on your worksheet.
Does Degree Works include credit earned through credit by examination, AP, ACT, CLEP, or IB scores?
Yes. Once the official documentation is received and processed by the Office of the University Registrar, credit is posted to your record and will appear on your worksheet.
Is it okay for Degree Works to place a course in two different places?
In most cases, yes. Degree Works is programmed to recognize that some courses can fulfill more than one requirement. If you have questions, you should contact your advisor.
How does Degree Works decide where to place completed or in-progress courses in my degree audit?
Degree Works looks at your program holistically, and places each course using a “best fit” scenario. The best fit process will not always be perfect, particularly when multiple possibilities exist. Courses may apply to different sections as you take more courses. If a course does not appear in a block that is expected, you should click "links" at the top of the worksheet and then click "report an issue."
What if there is an error within my degree audit?

Don't panic! Degree Works is new and we are actively fixing issues. Click on "links" at the top of the worksheet and then click "report an issue."  Your issue will be routed to a team member to address.

Can I register for classes in Degree Works?

No. Registration will continue to be accessed through your during scheduled registration dates.

What if my academic advisor petitions to waive or substitute a course? How does that course appear on my degree audit?

If a course waiver or substitution is approved by the department chair, he/she will record the exception on your worksheet. The completed course will fulfill the requirement, and an additional note will appear that explains why the exception was entered.

What does the @ symbol mean in my degree audit?

This is a wild card in Degree Works. If the @ symbol appears before course numbers (e.g., @ 3000:4999), you can take any subject area with that level (e.g., a 3000- to 4000-level course from any subject area). If the @ symbol appears after a subject prefix (e.g., PSY @) it means that you can take any course with the subject prefix (e.g., any course in psychology).

Are there requirements for graduation that Degree Works does not check?

While Degree Works has been designed to check almost everything that you must complete to qualify for graduation, there may be additional requirements for a major/program that must be completed as well. You should use Degree Works in conjunction with the academic catalog and meet with your advisor/mentor regularly to ensure you remain on track for graduation.

When should I review my Degree Works worksheet and information?
  • Before meeting with your advisor/mentor
  • Before registering periods
  • After registration to ensure that courses selected have been applied to degree requirements correctly
  • Any time a change is made to your schedule or major
  • After grades are posted each semester
  • Before graduation to confirm all requirements will be complete
Where can I find my grade-point average (GPA)?
The degree block displays your overall GPA. Other blocks will display the GPA for the courses listed in the individual block. For example, the Common Body of Knowledge GPA is a calculated GPA based on coursework used to fulfill the Common Body of Knowledge requirements.
How do I access the GPA calculators?
There is a link GPA calculator if you click the ellipsis located near the top right corner of the Degree Works window. This link will open a new window with three different GPA calculators described below.
What does the graduation calculator show?
The graduation calculator option will show you what average is needed in your remaining credits to graduate with a desired GPA.
What does term calculator show?
The term calculator will show you your current Saint Louis University GPA, completed credits and courses in-progress. By selecting the expected grade from the drop down boxes for each in-progress course and clicking calculate, a new projected cumulative GPA will display.
What does the advice calculator show?
The advice calculator will show your current cumulative GPA and credits earned. You can enter your desired GPA and click calculate. Advice will display outlining the credits and grades needed to achieve the desired GPA.
What is the What-If feature?
This feature allows you and your advisor/mentor to create a hypothetical worksheet for a different major and/or minor using current academic history. You can use this option if you are considering changing or adding a major and/or minor. What-If audits do not guarantee that you will be able to major in the area selected. If you decide to change your area of study, this feature does not officially change your major or minor. 
How do I use the “What-If” feature?

Follow these steps to view how courses count in a different major/program:

  • Select the What-If link located between the student header and the progress indicator gauges
  • Select the appropriate catalog year for the semester in which you’d be admitted into this new program of study
  • Select a Program
  • Ensure your primary Major matches your What-If program.
  • If desired, you can add future courses you are considering
  • Select Process What-If
  • Review how your existing and future courses would be applied to this new major/program and/or minor