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Degree Audit Reports
What is a degree audit report (DARS)?
The degree audit gives a complete picture regarding what degree requirements have been met, are in progress of being met, and are remaining. It is a quick tool that can be used to check your progress in your degree program. Once a student has graduated, the degree audit is no longer valid.
How do I get a degree audit?
Undergraduate students at UCM have access to their Degree Audit Reports (DARS) online via MyCentral. Once logged in, go to the “Student Services” tab, “UCM Student Records”, and then “Degree Audit System”. Graduate students may contact the Graduate Studies Office at 660-543-4621 to inquire about degree audits for graduate programs.
You can choose to submit a new audit (recommended) or view an audit that you requested in the past (will not reflect changes since that date). You may choose to show all degree requirements (recommended) or limit the audit to show only completed or uncompleted requirements.
Students should print a copy of their degree audit prior to enrolling in classes (to see what requirements remain unfulfilled) and then again after processing their enrollment (to make sure what you signed up for is counting where you thought it would). Students should keep these degree audits for their permanent academic files. (Once a student's degree audit shows all requirements have been met with the current classes, the student should apply for graduation.)
My degree audit lists the wrong major!
If your degree audit lists the incorrect degree, major(s), or minor(s) see your office of academic advisement to have your curriculum updated.
I am thinking of changing my major? Can I do a "What if" degree audit?
A “what if” degree audit is one run for majors that you are thinking of switching to, but you’re not ready to make the actual change yet. The “what if” does not permanently change your declared major; it just shows you what you would need if you were to change your major. To actually change your major see an academic advisor in the new major.
You can run a "what if" degree audit in MyCentral. Once logged in, go to the "Student Services" tab, "UCM Student Records", and the "Degree Audit System".
Choose the "submit a new audit" option and then on the page click on the "What If?" button. You will be asked to choose the college, degree type, and major name from the drop down lists. If the major has a concentration, you may also be asked to select one. If you do not know this information about the major, you can find it in the Undergraduate Catalog or from the college websites.
Lastly, you will be asked to choose a catalog year. You must choose a semester that you attended UCM. Major curriculum may vary depending on catalog year. You should consult the different catalogs available online to compare curriculum.
When viewing the degree audit, always select "View a Printer Friendly Report" in blue at the top of the DARS to make it easier to read.
Double Majors and Double Degrees
The degree audit is able to display double majors (two majors under the same degree type) but not double degrees (with two different degree types). If you are pursuing a double degree with two different degree types you will have to run a "what-if" degree audit for your second degree program.
What do the different symbols on my degree audit mean?
There is a legend at the top of your degree audit that will explain what each symbol means. The most common symbols are “OK”, “NO”, and “IP”. An “OK” means you have completely fulfilled a requirement. “NO” means that you have not completely fulfilled a requirement, though it may be partially met. “IP” denotes “in progress” and will be next to any classes that you are currently enrolled in or are enrolled in for a future semester.
I’m confused by my catalog year listed on my degree audit!
The front page of your degree audit has a table which shows the expiration date of each Undergraduate Catalog.
Your personal catalog year is listed under your student number at the top right of your degree audit. The chart below translates the “BANNER” term into your catalog year.
2012 catalog: 201310, 201320, 201330
2011 catalog: 201210, 201220, 201230
2010 catalog: 201110, 201120, 201130
2009 catalog: 201010, 201020, 201030
2008 catalog: 200910, 200920, 200930
2007 catalog: 200810, 200820, 200830
2006 catalog: 200710, 200720, 200730
2005 catalog: 200530, 200610, 200620, 200630
All catalogs before 2005 are expired. If your degree audit lists an older catalog year you should meet with your academic advisor to update to a valid catalog year.
Limitations of the degree audit report
Students pursuing an individualized major or minor (such as General Studies) will not be able to use the degree audit for that portion of their curriculum. Instead, you will use the contract developed between you and the major/minor department chair.
Students who have repeated coursework prior to Fall 2011 may not have accurate grade point averages or hours earned on their degree audits. UCM instituted a new repeat policy in the Fall of 2011 and the degree audit is capable of enforcing only one repeat policy. Courses repeated prior to Fall 2011 are being calculated based on the new repeat policy instead of the old one. This is an error - students should use their unofficial transcript to check grade point averages and hours earned. Click here for more information on the repeat policy.
The degree audit is not perfect when it comes to math! If your hours earned or grade point average is different between your degree audit and unofficial transcript, please report this discrepancy to the Office of the Registrar and Student Records. It is likely due to a repeated course.
Programming changes can cause errors in the degree audit. If you find an error in your audit please contact the Office of the Registrar and Student Records or your academic advising center.