DegreeWorks Plan of Study


Check your academic status at any time in DegreeWorks.
If your program and degree information are not correct, please contact the Graduate School at before you follow the Planner instructions below.

On Track for Graduation?

Grad App IconA DegreeWorks Plan of Study is only one of several graduation requirements.  Please check the graduation timeline frequently to make sure you complete other tasks, such as the Graduation Application (under AU Access, on My Academics), on schedule. Failure to complete all tasks on time will result in a graduation delay.


If your graduate program requires an approved Plan of Study, you will use DegreeWorks to create a Planner. To avoid missing a step and delaying your graduation, please read all instructions below before you enter DegreeWorks to begin your planner.

Steps for filing a Planner in DegreeWorks:

  1. Please follow our simple instructions and refer to our frequently asked questions as needed.
  2. Once your Planner has been created in DegreeWorks, the next step is to notify the Graduate School of the committee that will be reviewing your Plan of Study. Fill out the Committee Selection Form with the members of your committee. You may want to be sure you have each committee members’ AU email address before you begin, and also the CVs and full email addresses of any outside committee members. The form has some validation and tips to help you, and the Graduate School will be notified when you click Submit. Incomplete information will not be considered.
  3. Once the Graduate School has reviewed and accepted your Planner, we will lock it and send it through your committee for approval. Upon completion of the approval process, the Graduate School will be notified and can take the necessary actions.
  4. Remember: The Planner is not the same as the Graduation Application (under AU Access, on My Academics).  You must complete the Planner and a Graduate Application at least one term before you plan to graduate.

Steps for changing a Planner in DegreeWorks:

  1. Notify the Graduate School of your intent to change your Planner. Use the DegreeWorks Plan of Study Update email format to copy the email requirements, paste the text into an email message, and clearly state the changes you need to make.
  2. Wait for the Graduate School staff to review your changes and reply. If your changes are minor, the Graduate School may be able to adjust your existing Planner; otherwise, you will be instructed to repeat the steps for filing a new one.

Faculty & Staff

A workflow process will route the student’s planner through the committee.  In most cases, the approval begins with the committee chair and continues through each additional AU committee member.  When your approval is needed, you will receive an email with a link where you can sign in, review the planner, and either Approve or Roll Back.  Once all approvals or in, or all rollbacks reach the Graduate School, we will take the necessary next steps.

There are variations in the workflow setup.  If you believe your current setup does not properly suit your needs, please email to learn about the available options.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to use DegreeWorks along with their students but are not required to by Graduate School policies and procedures. To be able to view a student’s Planner in DegreeWorks, you must be set as an Advisor in Banner and you must be listed on the student’s record in Banner. The assignment of students to faculty advisors is handled within each department.

Last modified: June 4, 2018