How to View Your Degree Evaluation

Your degree evaluation is an online, printable, individualized report on your progress toward meeting graduation requirements.  It is an excellent tool to use in addition to – but not instead of! – meeting with your academic advisor. We ask that you print your degree evaluation and bring it with you when you go see your advisor.

The first step to accessing your degree evaluation is to know what your catalog year is. What’s a “catalog year”? The “catalog year” (also known as “catalog term”) refers to the official requirements for completing your degree as published in the University Catalog in the term/year you entered Mason. For example, if you started at Mason in Fall 2017, your catalog year is 2017-2018.  If you started at Mason in Spring 2019, your catalog year is 2018-2019. Etc. This is true whether you came in as a freshman or as a transfer student.

Because, over time, degree requirements may change in ways that would benefit you, you are allowed to change your catalog year to a later one. To do this, see your advisor to complete the paperwork and then submit it to the registrar (SUB I).

Many official Mason forms ask you for your catalog year, so it is good to know what yours is. It is also the starting point for running your degree evaluation. Whereas before all students used the same degree evaluation program, in 2012 Mason transitioned to new software and this means that some students use the new one (Degree Works) and some keep using the old one (CAPP, or Curriculum Advising & Planning Program), as follows:

  • Students with a catalog year of Fall 2012 or later use Degree Works.
  • Students with a catalog year prior to Fall 2012 use CAPP.


Student information is updated nightly. Information such as program changes and registration will not appear on the evaluation until the following day. In Degree Works, you must click Process New to view the updated information.

  1. Login to Patriot Web
  2. Select Student Profile
  3. Select Degree Evaluation

More detailed information, including video tutorials, about Degree Works' features (such as “What If” and “Look Ahead”) is available at

However, note that the steps for getting to your Degree Works evaluation have not yet been updated on that page to reflect the new "Student Profile" view in Patriot Web. The Registrar's Office is currently revising the page.