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Degree Works

Office of the Registrar

Student Frequently Asked Questions


The Degree Works Basics

What is Degree Works?
Degree Works is a Web-based tool for students to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. Degree Works allows students and their advisors to plan future academic coursework.
How do I access Degree Works?
You can log into Degree Works through Goldlink from any computer using your ETSU username and password. If you are unable to log in, please email
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What is an audit?
Degree Works audit is a review of past, current and "planned" coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to complete a degree/major/minor/concentration.
Is my information confidential?
Degree Works is accessed through your secure log in via Goldlink. Remember that your advisor, faculty, and selected staff will be able to view the information contained in Degree Works including any notes.
Who has the ability to access Degree Works?
Degree Works is available to all degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Advisors, faculty, and selected staff will also have access for the purpose of supporting your progress through your academic career.
How current is my information in Degree Works?
The information in Degree Works is refreshed each night. Any changes made today (e.g., grade changes or classes added/dropped) will be seen in Degree Works tomorrow.
Can I register for classes in Degree Works?
No. Degree Works is a snapshot of courses in-progress, planned, and in academic history.
Can I see how many classes I have left to fulfill my degree requirements?
Yes. Degree Works is laid out in block format displaying degree, major, minor, and concentration requirements information. Look for unchecked boxes to identify requirements that you still need to complete.
Will I be able to plan for future courses?
Yes. The planner function can aid you in planning our all future courses or semesters.
Are my grades visible in Degree Works?
Once grades have been posted for the semester; they are then viewable in Degree Works following the nightly refresh.
Can I see a list of all the classes I have taken?
Yes. On the Audit tab, click on the Class History link at the top for a printable list of courses taken.
What do I do if I believe my academic information is incorrect?
You should consult your academic advisor for an audit review. Any exception to major, minor or concentration requirements should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Why isn't my information up-to-date?
There may be several reasons. The information may not have refreshed since the last change was made. Degree Works data is refreshed nightly. They may be coursework, such as transferred coursework, that may need to be completed. Contact your academic advisor for review and questions.



What is an audit?
Audits will display the courses you've taken or are currently registered. It will also display any degree, major, minor, or concentration requirements that are being met by the courses you've taken or that may be met upon satisfactory completion of courses in progress.
Will I be able to view my entire course history?
Degree Works uses the information that is current for your transcript. You will be able to view any courses that have been completed/registered for/transferred by the date your audit was last refreshed.(Data is refreshed nightly.) Keep in mind that any transfer work or exceptions / substitutions that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on your audit.
Where can I find my GPA calculator?
Your major GPA is a calculated GPA based on coursework used to fulfill major requirements. This GPA will appear within the major block requirements of your audit. Additionally, depending upon your college, the major GPA may also include courses that potentially could have been used within the major block but were not needed to fulfill specific requirements.
What classes should I take?
Your audit will outline the courses still needed to meet degree, major, minor, and/or concentration requirements within each specific block. You may then use this information to discuss your plan with your academic advisor.
How do I find a second major or minor?
Degree Works is designed to show a listing of your majors and minors in the Student View audit. Additionally, each major and minor is broken out into individual requirement blocks within the audit. Students pursuing simultaneous degrees or a second major in a degree will need to click on the Degree drop-down box at the top of the Student View audit in order to view the additional requirements.
Why isn't my transfer work meeting a requirement?
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. Meet with your advisor for further information and review.
If all of the boxes are checked, does this mean I am graduating?

Not necessarily. If you have applied to graduate, your academic division will perform a preliminary audit of your coursework prior to the add/drop period of your final semester and a final audit after all final grades have been submitted to determine if you are eligible to graduate. Missing requirements will be communicated to you via e-mail.


Plan Function

Why should I use the Plan function?
You can use the Plan function to create a long-term plan for degree completion, and then check that plan to make sure that the courses you plan to take will fulfill your degree requirements. This will help you stay on track for graduation.
How do I get started using the Plan function?
Visit the tutorial page and view the user guide for step by step instructions on utilizing this function.
Should I put courses that I have already completed on the Plan?
No. The Plan is only intended for future classes, not classes which you have already completed on those in which you are already enrolled.
Do I need to ass every class that is a requirement?
No. You may use the Plan to map out as many semester as you need going forward.


"What If" Function

What is the What If feature?
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.
If I use the What If feature, does this mean that I have changed my major?
No. The What If function is for information purposes only. You will see the header What If Audit displayed at the top of the audit whenever an audit is run on a What If scenario.
If I change my major/minor/concentration, can I see how my current classes will fit?
Yes. The What If function will perform an audit based on the hypothetical major/minor/concentration and will show how your completed, current, and planned coursework meets the requirements of the hypothetical major/minor/concentration.
Can I save a What If scenario?
No. What If plans are not saved on Degree Works. You would need to run a new What If scenario next time you log in to see it again.
Can I print a What If scenario?
Yes. If you want to share it with your advisor at a later date, you should print your What If scenario.
If I like what I see in a What If scenario, how so I initiate the changes?
Always speak with your advisor first. After consulting with your advisor you will need to initiate changes through the Records Office. 


GPA Calculator

What does the Cumulative Calculator show?
The Cumulative Calculator option on the GPA Calc tab will show what average you will need in your remaining credits to graduate with your desired GPA.
What does the Cumulative Calculator (Includes Current Term) show?
The Cumulative Calculator (includes current term) option on the GPA Calc tab will show an estimate of your cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA excludes credit not taken at ETSU. Degree Works will pull in your current earned credits and GPA and place your in-progress courses in the table where you can then enter the anticipated grade for each course. You will then see a revised cumulative GPA based on the estimates you provided.
What does the Desired GPA Calculator show?
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