Degree Works for Advisors

Degree Works is the degree evaluation system used by undergraduate students with a catalog year of Fall 2012 and later.

Degree Works provides a comprehensive set of web-based academic advising, degree audit, and transfer articulation tools to help students and their advisors negotiate Mason’s curriculum requirements.

Student information is updated nightly. Information such as program changes and registration will not appear on the evaluation until the following day. You must click Process to view the updated information.

Degree Works provides an unofficial audit of how coursework applies to degree requirements and should not be used as an official transcript.

  • Advisor Training
    We strongly encourage advisors to sign up for one of our Degree Works training sessions
    1. Go to Mason Leaps
    2. Login using your GMU NetID and Patriot Pass password
    3. Enter “Degree Works” in the search box
  • Degree Evaluation
    Displays progress towards degree requirements
  • What-If
    Displays an audit to show what the degree progress would be with a different major, concentration and/or minor
  • Future Classes
    Allows student to input potential courses to see how they will affect degree progress
  • Additional Resources
    Videos and other resources for Degree Works

Degree Evaluation

The degree evaluation presents degree requirements in areas called blocks.  Some blocks have additional information at the top.  Be sure to read these notes carefully as they contain information about the block you need to know, such as minimum grades or GPA requirements. Each block represents a set of requirements such as general education, major and minor.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor if they have a question about how courses are applying in the degree evaluation. Students can use the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions’ Advising Locator to find the contact information for their department.

Here are some explanations for the symbols found throughout the degree evaluation:

  • Complete:  A green checked circle will appear next to individual requirements that are completed.
  • Not Complete:  There will be an empty red circle next to any unmet requirements.  To the right of each red circle, there will be a link to the University catalog or a list of approved courses for that requirement.
  • Complete except for classes in-progress:  A blue circle halfway filled means the requirement will be met if currently registered classes are passed with satisfactory grades.
  • Nearly complete – see advisor: A brown circle with an exclamation mark means the requirement is not fully met, and you should contact your advisor for assistance.
  • Any class number:  The ‘@’ symbol is a wild card.  If the @ sign appears with course numbers after it (e.g., @ 300:499), you may take any subject area with that level (any 300 or 400 level course).  If it appears after a subject prefix (e.g., ECON @), it means you can take any course with that subject prefix (any course in Economics).  If it appears after a subject prefix and a number (e.g., ECON 3@), it means you can take any course with that subject prefix at that level (any Economics course at the 300 level).


The What-If function shows what a degree evaluation would look like with a different major, minor, concentration or catalog year. This does not officially change  the student’s record.

Please note: Students with a declared double major will have a double major audit.  The What-if function cannot be used to display a double major.

 Future Classes

The Future Classes function is available through the What-If tab.  This function allows you to see how potential courses might apply to a degree.  The Future Classes function is for planning purposes only and course availability is not guaranteed.  Students will still need to register through Patriot Web.

Please click this link for a What-If and Future Classes tutorial.

 Additional Resources