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What is DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool that will provide a clear and convenient method for you and your advisor to track degree progress, to prepare for registration, and to plan for graduation. DegreeWorks is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions.

DegreeWorks Features

  • Displays students’ progress toward Degree Completion
  • Keeps track of which courses were completed and which courses are still need
  • Shows which classes are currently being taken
  • Provides students with a “What If” audit to consider when thinking about changing majors
  • Presents students with their grades in completed classes
  • Offers a GPA calculator

How to Access DegreeWorks

Mercy College homepage

Step 1 | Got to the Mercy College website, click on "Menu/Search" button then click on Mercy Connect. 

Mercy Connect Login

Step 2 | Use your single sign on to login. You can also get to Mercy Connect from https://connect.mercy.edu

 

Mercy Connect homepage

Step 3 | Click on DegreeWorks under Student/Employee/Staff Applications. 

DegreeWorks How to Guide

How to Read Your Audit

The audit displays students’ progress towards degree completion with General Education Requirements, Major/Minor Requirements, GPA Information, elective courses, as well as Not Applicable Classes.

Components available in DegreeWorks include:

Student Information

DegreeWorks Student Information

General Education Requirements

DegreeWorks General Education Requirements

Major Requirements

DegreeWorks Major Requirements

Free Electives (Please note, not all majors have free elective space)

DegreeWorks Free Electives

Not Applicable to this Major and/or Not Usable Due to Grade or Repeat Status

DegreeWorks - Not Applicable/Not Usable

Prerequisites - If you see a checkmark on a clipboard next to a course, this will indicate the course has a prerequisite. Once you click on the course title, it will open another box and display the prerequisite courses needed before you can take that course.

DegreeWorks PreRequisites

Legend

DegreeWorks Legend

 

 

How to use "What If"

Students can use this tab if they are thinking of changing their majors, minors, and/or concentrations and would like to know where they stand in the new program.

Step 1 | Click “What If” on the upper left-hand side, next to Academic and just above degree progression

Step 2 | Based on what major you are looking into, change the Degree, Catalog Year (this should match the year you started at Mercy), and major you are looking into. When you choose the major, it will populate in the “Chosen Areas of study” box. Once it is there, press “Process What-If”.

DegreeWorks - What If Analysis

Step 3 | Under future courses you have the opportunity to enter any future courses you plan to take, and see where they would fall within your new major. You will put the subject of the course in the first box and the number of the course in the second, then select add.

DegreeWorks Future Courses

Step 4 | When you choose the major you will scroll to the bottom and select whether you wish to include pre-registered courses and in progress courses and then select process.

DegreeWorks - Courses

Step 5 | Your new degree audit will populate with the “what if” major you selected. It will show where your current classes will fall and what new requirements are needed for that specific major.

How to Print Your Degree Audit

Step 1 | When logged in, on the upper right-hand side of the degree audit click the printer image.

Printing

Step 2 | The audit will display in a pop-up window. Click print if you wish to print the entire degree audit. If you would like to print specific parts of your degree audit, edit the page range.

DegreeWorks - PrintScreen

Step 3 | You can also expand or collapse different sections in the degree audit by clicking on the arrows on the right-hand side of each section.

DegreeWorks - Degree Audit

How to Use the GPA Calculators

Students can calculate their minimum grades needed to reach a target cumulative GPA. There are three different GPA Calculators: Graduation, Term, and Advice. 

At the top right of the degree audit page click the three dots. You will then select GPA Calculator.

Step 1 | Graduation Calculator - shows how to reach a desired GPA by graduation. Fill out the credits remaining, credits required, and the desired GPA and press calculate.  Once you calculate it, a note will pop up with what GPA you need to average for the remaining credits in order to reach the desired GPA.

DegreeWorks - GPA Calculator

Step 2 | Term Calculator - provides a hypothetical GPA for the term based on what grades you expect to receive from each class. For each class you are enrolled in for the term, choose an expected grade to receive and press calculate. It will then populate your GPA based on those expected grades at the end of the term.

DegreeWorks - Calculator
DegreeWorks - Calculator

Step 3 | Advice Calculator - tells over the remaining credits you have, what GPA you need to maintain in order to reach your desired final GPA. Enter how many credits you have earned so far and what your desired final GPA is and press calculate. It will then populate the grades needed in order to reach the desired GPA.

DegreeWorks - Calculator

 

DegreeWorks - GPA Calculator

Degree Works FAQs

What is DegreeWorks

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool that will provide a clear and convenient method for you and your advisor to track degree progress, to prepare for registration, and to plan for graduation. DegreeWorks is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions.

Who has the ability to access DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is available to students and advisors.

Can I register for classes in DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks shows courses in-progress, planned, and in academic history.

How is DegreeWorks Beneficial?

  • Displays students’ progress toward Degree Completion 
  • Keeps track of which courses were completed and which courses are still need
  • Shows which classes are currently being taken
  • Provides students with a “What If” audit to consider when thinking about changing majors
  • Presents students with their grades in completed classes  
  • Offers 3 different GPA calculators

What if I think my audit is incorrect?

If you think your audit is incorrect, you should meet with your advisor to review.

Is DegreeWorks an official transcript?

DegreeWorks is not an official transcript and should only be used as a tool. If you are looking for an official transcript please speak with your advisor on how to request one.

How long does DegreeWorks take to be updated?

DegreeWorks takes 24-48 hours to update. This will include changes to newly registered courses, change of major or minor, change of grades, or changes to transfer credits.

On DegreeWorks its shows my credits applied are more credits than the credits I have completed?

DegreeWorks counts the completed credits, as well as the credits that you are currently registered for (currently in-progress and future courses).

How can I see what courses will be applied to a different major, minor, or other plans?

You can use the “What if” tool, located on the right side of the Degree audit.

How do I determine my catalog year?

Your catalog year is the year you were admitted to Mercy College.

What does the “Not Applicable to Major” mean?

These are classes that were taken that do not fall towards your degree completion.

How often should I look at my degree audit?

You should review your degree audit at least 4 times a semester.

  • Before registering for classes for the upcoming semester
  • After registering for classes to make sure the classes are applied to the area you expected
  • After grades have been posted
  • Every time a change is made to your schedule

What should I do if I have a question about my requirements?

If you have any questions about your requirements in your degree audit, make an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible.

Will my degree audit clear me for graduation?

Your degree audit is a tool used towards degree completion, but is not an official certification of your degree. Once the requirements are checked off, the registrar will do an official review of your degree audit to make sure you completed all of the requirements.

What does the “Not Applicable to Major” at the bottom of my DegreeWorks mean?

The “Not Applicable to Major” are courses that are not applied to your classes needed. These may be duplicate courses if you have repeated any, courses that did not receive the necessary grade requirement, or courses that are not needed to your major.

What are “Free Electives”?

The “Free Electives” are classes students can take that are offered at Mercy College. All majors do not have a “Free Electives” area and some have more credits than others.

Need Help?

If you are having technical issues

Contact the HELP DESK at helpdesk@mercy.edu or call 914-674-7526.

If you are having issues regarding your audit

Contact your advisor.