Degree Works for Faculty & Advisors

About Degree Works

Degree Works is a web-based academic planning and degree evaluation tool designed to help students and advisors track students’ academic progress toward the completion of their degree or certificate.

Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions.

Access Degree Works

Degree Works is available in Web4U in the Advisor Menu under the Faculty Services tab.

How Do I Request Advisor Access to Degree Works?

Only Western faculty, staff, and advisors may request advisor access to Degree Works. If you do not have access to the ‘Advisors Menu’ within Web4U, submit a Banner Student Security Access web form following the approval routing instructions on the form. Be sure to indicate on the form that you are requesting access to the ‘Advisors Menu’ in Web4U including Degree Works, and include why you need the access. 


  • Provides a clear picture of program requirements to help students navigate the most effective path to graduation.
  • Uses checklists to easily monitor students' academic progress.
  • Helps students plan their class schedules by showing what courses and requirements are still needed.
  • Links to view course schedules, prerequisites and seat availability without changing programs.
  • Responsive dashboard provides accessible technology to meet the needs of students.
  • Mobile-friendly interface allows students and faculty/staff to review student information from any device.


Course Information

Students and advisors are able click on a course still needed on the worksheet to open a window listing the course description, prerequisites, and sections of that course that are being offered in an upcoming quarter. The student can see the CRN for each section, open seats in real-time, and the days and times the course is being offered. 

What If

The What If feature allows students to see how changing their major or minor will impact their progress to degree completion, as well as see how planned future classes would apply to degree requirements. 

GPA Calculators

Degree Works offers three different GPA calculators: Graduation, Term, and Advice. The calculators help students set realistic goals at the beginning of the quarter, or provide a path for achieving honors, avoiding probation, or meeting personal academic goals. 


Notes provide advisors a tool to communicate any exceptions to requirements and document any action that has been agreed upon, such as approval for graduation. Notes in Degree Works can be viewed by all advisors and the student, which will be helpful should the student decide to switch their program of study or speak with other advisors. 

Guides for Faculty & Advisors Using Degree Works

Finding Students

Learn how to pull students in the system by Western ID, major, advisor, etc.

Understanding the Worksheet

Learn how to interpret the Degree Works worksheet (or "audit").

Notes & Evaluations

Use Notes in Degree Works request exceptions for a student's program of study or provide major/minor/certificate evaluation for graduation.

What If

Understand the What If feature in Degree Works to help students plan ahead for courses and curriculum changes for major/minor/certificates.

GPA Calculators

Learn about the GPA calculators built into Degree Works.


Learn more about the Plans feature in Degree Works.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Who Should I Contact About Degree Works?

Degree Works Support | Registrar's Office