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Degree Works is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, web-based academic advising and degree audit tool that helps you and your advisor successfully navigate curriculum requirements.

 Please Note: Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions or the college catalog. Degree Works is neither an official academic transcript nor an official notification of completion of degree requirements.

If you have any questions about graduation requirements, please contact your faculty or Guided Pathway advisor. For other Degree Works-related questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a web-based tool students can use to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. Degree Works also allows students and their advisors to plan future academic coursework by viewing the remaining courses needed for their degree or certificate.

How do I log into Degree Works?

Once you've logged into myCTState, click on “Access Degree Works” on the Student Self-Service card or Advisor Self-Service card.

What is a degree evaluation?

A Degree Works degree evaluation is a review of past, current and in-progress coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to complete a degree or certificate.

A degree evaluation will display the courses a student has taken and any courses in progress. It will also show any degree requirements that have been met by the courses taken or that may be met upon satisfactory completion of courses in progress.

Is a Degree Works evaluation a transcript, or is this the same as a transcript?

No. Degree Works is a degree evaluation of your progress toward graduation as well as an outline of requirements still needed to complete your program of study. You can access an official or unofficial transcript on the Student Self-Service card in myCTState.

Are grades visible in Degree Works?

Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the semester, they are viewable in Degree Works. Courses that are currently in progress are listed with a grade of ‘REG’ with the credits in parentheses.

Can students register for classes in Degree Works?

No. Degree Works is a snapshot of courses that are in progress and an academic history. Registration, add/drop, etc., are still handled through the registration function in myCTState.

How does a student know which classes still need to be taken?

A degree evaluation will outline the courses still needed to meet degree requirements. In order to view only the courses remaining, choose “Courses Remaining” in the drop-down box that displays “Degree Evaluation.” Students can use this information to discuss their plan with their faculty advisor.

If a student withdraws from a class, will that be reflected in their degree evaluation?

Courses from which a student has withdrawn will appear in the “Insufficient” block on the degree evaluation.

What is the “What If” function?

The “What If” function shows what a degree evaluation would look like with a different program. The new “What If” degree evaluation will show the student what coursework is required for the new major, what courses must be taken that satisfy requirements and what courses are remaining.

Note: New programs may appear in the ‘What-If’ Function before they appear in the CT State college catalog.

If a student uses the “What If” function does this mean that they have changed their major?

No. The “What If” function shows what a degree evaluation would look like with a different program. This DOES NOT officially change the student’s record.

Can a degree evaluation be printed?

Yes, you can print a degree evaluation by clicking on the “Print” button at the top. For a more print-friendly view, save the degree evaluation as a PDF (click “Save as PDF” button) and then print the document. Be sure to treat a printed degree evaluation with the same level of confidentiality as you would any other student record.

Student FAQs

What if I’m enrolled in two programs?

If you’re enrolled in two academic programs, you can view both programs by choosing from the program drop-down list to the right of your name in the Degree Works display.

Is my information confidential?

Yes. Degree Works is accessed through a secure login to myCTState. Degree Works will open in a new window. It is very important that you log out when you are finished to ensure that your information remains confidential.

Who has the ability to access my Degree Works account?

Only you and college staff will be able to see your degree evaluation. Other students will not be able to see your degree evaluation unless you let them or if you fail to log out when you are finished on a public computer.

Can I see a list of all of the classes I’ve taken?

Yes. Click on the three buttons in the upper right corner and select “Class History” for a printable list of courses you’ve already taken.

What do I do if I believe my information is incorrect?

You should consult your Guided Pathway or faculty advisor and review your degree evaluation if you have any questions.

How can I update information?

You cannot update course or curriculum information in Degree Works. If you need to change your major you must complete a Change or Declaration of Program form. This form is also available in your campus Enrollment Services office.

Will I be able to view my entire history of courses taken at CT State?

Degree Works uses the information that is currently on your student record. You will be able to view any courses that have been completed, registered for or transferred in by the date your degree evaluation was last refreshed (an overnight process each night). Keep in mind that any transfer work or grade changes that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on your degree evaluation.

Can I view course information in Degree Works?

To view any prerequisites required and course sections available for the upcoming semester, use the course search function in myCTState.

Can my faculty advisor see my “What If” scenario?

Yes, but only if you process the “What If” while working with your faculty advisor in Degree Works or if you click the “Process as PDF” button and then save the PDF to your desktop. The PDF can then be emailed or printed.

Can I save my “What If” scenario in Degree Works?

No. “What If” plans are not saved in Degree Works. You would need to run a new “What If” scenario next time you log in to see it again. However, you may save a “What If” as a PDF by choosing the “Process as PDF” button and then saving to your desktop.

Note: If you view your “What If” when your advisor is logged into Degree Works, they can save the “What If” to be viewed later.

If I like what I see in my “What If” scenario, how do I initiate those changes?

Speak with your Guided Pathway or faculty advisor. If you would like to change your major you must complete a Change or Declaration of Program form or from your campus Enrollment Services office.

Advisor FAQs

Are advisors restricted to viewing only their advisees’ information?

No, you can find any student by entering their Banner ID in the ID field (the @ sign must be included) or clicking on “Advanced Search” and searching using different parameters in the search window.

What group of students are included in Degree Works?

All students who have attended CT State (or one the previous twelve CT community colleges) since 2018 are included in Degree Works, and all new accepted students since Fall 2023 are included.

What if a student does not have a degree evaluation in Degree Works?

There are a couple of reasons that this may occur:

  • The student has not declared a major or is non-matriculating. A student must have a major assigned in Banner to create an audit.
  • The student hasn’t taken classes at a CT community college since prior to Fall 2018.  These students will need to be readmitted to CT State Community College.
What if a student is enrolled in two programs?

If a student is enrolled in two academic programs, the advisor will be able to view both programs by choosing from the program drop-down list to the right of the student’s name in the Degree Works display.

Can an advisor see a list of all of the classes taken by a student?

Yes. When viewing a student’s degree evaluation, click on the ‘Class History’ link at the top for a printable list of courses taken.

What do I do if I believe a student’s information is incorrect?

You should contact the One Stop Enrollment Center, identify the information that you believe is in error, and request that they review the student’s record.

Will a student’s entire academic history at CT State and former CT community colleges be viewable?

Degree Works uses the information currently on a student’s transcript. Any courses completed, registered for or transferred in by the date the degree evaluation was last refreshed (an overnight process each night) will be displayed. Keep in mind that any transfer work or grade changes that have not been formally submitted and accepted will not appear on a student’s degree evaluation. 

Note: If the student’s record has had any Banner changes since the nightly run (grades, registration, add/drop, etc.), advisors can click the “Process New” button to refresh the degree evaluation with the very latest Banner data.

Can I view a student's course information in Degree Works?

By clicking on a course in the “Degree Evaluation” or “Courses Remaining” screens, you can view any prerequisites required, as well as course sections available for the upcoming semester.

Can advisors save a “What If” scenario in Degree Works?

Yes. “What If” plans can be saved in Degree Works and be viewed later in “What If History” provided the advisors save the “What If.” Students will not be able to view a saved “What If” unless they are viewing it with their advisor logged in.

How does a student officially change their major?

If a student would like to change their major they must complete a Change or Declaration of Program form.  This form is also available in your campus Enrollment Services office.

What are notes?

Notes track conversations and advice provided to students. All Notes entered into Degree Works are viewable by the student! Never enter personal information about the student, such as about health, disabilities, financial information, etc.

Does the student see notes on their record?

Yes! All notes entered in Degree Works are viewable by the student and other college staff! Never enter personal information about the student, such as about health, disabilities, financial information, etc.

How much information should be included in notes?

The notes content will be displayed on a student audit and should be kept very succinct.

Are notes attached to the student’s program degree evaluation?

No, but notes will print on the PDF audit if a student chooses this option.

How do I know who entered a note on a student’ record?

When notes are displayed, the author and date of the note will be included.

Are notes entered in degree works available in Banner?

No, notes entered in Degree Works will remain with the student’s audit in Degree Works but WILL NOT appear anywhere in Banner.

How can I remove a note that is incorrect or was written in error?

Only the degree auditors can edit or delete any notes on a student’s record. Email with your request and the necessary information (student ID and note to be removed or edited).

What are exceptions?

When a substitution request has met all approvals, it will appear on a student’s degree evaluation as an “Exception”. Exceptions are permanently part of the student’s Degree Works audit and will be viewable only in Degree Works.

Who can add an exception?

Faculty and Staff can initiate an exception through the online course substitution process. The final step in the waiver process will be the degree auditor entering the exception into Degree Works on the student audit.