Degree Works

Monitor your progress toward your degree.

Degree Works is a web-based tool within your KnowHope Plus account for you to monitor your academic progress toward degree completion. The audit, or Worksheet, is a review of past and current coursework that provides information on completed and outstanding requirements necessary to complete your program requirements.

  1. Log into KnowHope Plus
  2. Click “Registrar and Student Accounts”
  3. Click “Student Records”
  4. Click “Degree Works for Students”
  5. Your degree audit (Worksheet) will display

The Worksheet is the view you will use most often to see which requirements you have met and which you still need to meet in order to graduate. When you first log in to Degree Works, your standard degree audit will display.

The top area shows your basic information like advisor, GPA, major(s) and minor(s), and class standing. If you are pursuing two degrees, you will have different audits for each degree. You can switch between audits by selecting from the “Degree” menu at the top of the page.

Next are the degree progress bars. The Requirements bar is calculated based on the number of requirements you have checked off. The Credits bar is calculated based on the number of hours you have completed toward your degree. These bars are meant only as guides, not as final word.

Refer to the legend to see all of the signs and symbols that are used in your audit. The green check mark means you have met that requirement. The “@” symbol is a wildcard.


Below the legend, the areas you need to meet for your degree (general education, major and minor requirements, etc.) are displayed in blue headers. On the right side of each header, your first term at Hope is displayed. All students follow the Catalog requirements for their first term at Hope.

Below each header are the specific requirements for that area. Once all requirements for an area have been met, that area will have a green check mark.

For each unmet requirement (where it says “Still Needed” in red text) the audit will display course options for meeting that requirement. For example, if you can meet a requirement by taking any 300–400 level philosophy course, it will display “PHIL 300:499.” If, for example, you can meet it with any SS1 course, it will say “with attribute SS1.”

These unmet courses and attributes are also links. When you click the link, it will bring up a pop-up window that lists each course from the Catalog that meets that attribute/course. It includes course description, any prerequisites or corequisites needed for the course, and the days/times that course is being offered. If there are no days/times listed for the course, either that course is not being offered in the next semester, or the next semester’s schedule has not yet been published.

If you have not yet declared a major, the major area will display as “Major in Undeclared.” Refer to What If (below) to see what your degree audit would look like if you declared a specific major or minor.


These areas may or may not display, depending on whether you have courses that fall into them.

  • Minor requirements: This will display only if you have a minor declared.
  • Electives: If you have taken any courses that do not count toward a specific requirement, they will display in this area. They are still counted in your total overall earned credit hours.
  • Insufficient: If you have failed, repeated or withdrawn from courses, they will display in this section. These courses do not count toward your overall earned credit hours.
  • In-progress: This lists the courses you are currently registered for.
  • Exceptions: If you have requested any substitutions or waivers, they will appear in this area.

In addition to the standard Worksheet, you can use other views to see your progress. At the top of your Worksheet, under “Format,” there is a drop-down menu. The Student View is the standard Worksheet view that appears each time you log in. The Graduation Checklist is a basic list of all requirements, without details, so you can see what is checked done. The Registration Checklist shows only what you still need to complete in order to finish your degree.

You can also save any of the views to PDF, which is useful for printing your degree audit for your pre-registration advising meeting.


If you are undeclared or are looking at changing/adding a major or minor, you can use the What If function located on the top left-hand side of your audit. This allows you to see what your degree audit would look like if you were to declare a specific major or minor.

Select the degree you wish to look at. The degree you select affects which majors and minors will be listed in those drop down menus. You can select multiple majors/minors, and they will display in the “Chosen Areas of Study” box on the right side. If you accidentally select the wrong area of study, you can click on it and click “Remove.”

Optionally, you can add hypothetical future courses to your What If to see how they would affect your audit.

Once you have selected all of your criteria, click the “Process What If” button at the top of the page, or, click “Save as PDF” to save or print it.

Questions about choosing a major or declaring a major or minor? You can also find major and minor declaration forms here.


The Look Ahead tab on the left allows you to see how courses that you are considering taking affect your degree audit. Enter the subject and course number (you can select multiple), check the “Courses you are considering” box to make sure you selected the right ones, and then select “Process New” at the top. Your standard degree audit will display, with those courses you just selected listed in blue text and marked as PLANNED.

This feature is only temporary. You can’t save a Look Ahead audit, and it doesn't mean that you have registered for those classes.


There are three options for using the GPA Calculator:


This allows you to find out what GPA you need to average in your remaining courses in order to achieve your desired GPA at graduation. Use the following guidelines for entering your criteria:

  • Current GPA: Automatically populated for you.
  • Credits Remaining: Enter the minimum number of credits you still need in order to graduate (you can find this on your degree audit under your degree name and unmet conditions).
  • Credits Required: Enter the total number of credits you need to graduate (for most students, this is 126; for public accounting, it is 150; for two degrees, it is 156).
  • Desired GPA: Enter the GPA you would like to have at the time your degree is awarded.

The Term Calculator displays the courses you are currently registered for. Current GPA, Credits Earned So Far, and the number of credits for each course will display automatically. Choose the grade you think you will receive in each course from the menus on the right. After you click “Calculate,” your estimated term GPA will display.


The Advice Calculator will show you how many credits you need to earn at a certain GPA in order to obtain your desired GPA. Current GPA and Credits Earned will automatically populate; enter your desired GPA and click “Calculate.” Your options for obtaining that GPA will display.


When you are done with Degree Works, you can log out by either closing the window or returning to KnowHope Plus by clicking the “Back to KnowHope Plus” link in the gray bar at the top of the page. If you return to KnowHope Plus, make sure to also log out of that when you are done.

 Degree Works Video

Bellow is a video tutorial for understanding and reading your degree audit. 

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