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Using DegreeWorks Plans

There are two ways to build plans in DegreeWorks, you can use a pre-built plan or you can start from scratch with a blank plan.  The Office of the Registrar has created two helpful guides that you can read through and review to help guide you through the process of building your academic plan.

Dot  Building Plans Using Templates

Detailed instructions for using DegreeWorks Plans from Templates. Templates are for use when a major at MSU is selected and the student wishes to import the 4-year degree program for that major into their Plan.

Dot  Building Blank Plans

Detailed instructions for using DegreeWorks Plans without a Template. Use Blank Plans if a degree program is not yet selected or if you wish to Plan for one term at a time without a 4-year Template.

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DegreeWorks Features


The worksheet displays a student’s degree progress based on their declared major. This worksheet displays all the degree, general education/Core requirements, major, second major (if applicable), and minor (if applicable) requirements and the classes the student has taken to satisfy them.  The worksheet also shows incomplete requirements, reminding students of what classes they need to take. It illustrates the classes that have not been attempted (in red) and the classes in progress (in blue). For the classes that have not yet been attempted, DegreeWorks offers suggestions as to which class to take, thereby eliminating the hassle of searching for classes to satisfy an unmet requirement.

The Plans tab allows students to create a plan from scratch, or to base it off of a pre-defined template. Plans are also used in the graduation process, and students must make a plan before seeing their advisor. For more information on how Plans are used for graduation, see here.



The What-If allows an advisor or student to see a worksheet for a new or second major, or the addition of a minor; whether they are currently undeclared or thinking about changing their major.  The What-If allows students to view how their progress changes with a new major, which classes can still be applied towards the new major or minor, which classes will not count, and which new classes need to be taken.


The Notes tab is for faculty or staff to enter notes relating to their discussion with a student. The degreeworks tab-notes is intended for sharing information and advice directly related to a student´s progress toward degree including: registration, curriculum, enrollment, graduation application, credential auditing and degree certification. Notes outside of these parameters may be removed by the Office of the Registrar.

GPA Calculator:

The GPA Calculator tab is for students to calculate what their term GPA may be based on what grade they predict they will get in a course.  The GPA Calculator can help students in realistic goal-setting at the beginning of the term, as well as help with accurate mapping of their paths for achieving honors, avoiding probation or suspension, or satisfying personal academic aspirations.

Look Ahead:

The Look Ahead tab is for a student to see exactly how a future course may be applied to graduation requirements.

Known Issues:

If you took a course at MSU before fall of 1991 DegreeWorks will not apply this course to your worksheet because it does not convert quarter credits into semester credits. Please meet with your advisor to determine what courses apply to your degree and find out your GPA and course credit totals.

DegreeWorks cannot show second concentrations at this time (except for Business and Elementary Education majors).