DegreeMAP

DegreeMAP is GW's online advising tool for use by students and their advisors to track progress toward degree completion. DegreeMAP provides more information about degree requirements earlier in students’ academic careers and gives students a tool to monitor and track progress toward their degrees.

Logging-In to DegreeMAP

  • Log into the GWeb info system
  • Click the Current Students and then the Registration Tab
  • Click the Student Records Information Menu
  • Click on the DegreeMAP link
  • Click the “Launch DegreeMAP” button

Understanding DegreeMAP

The Legend

 

The degree worksheet has a legend including a number of symbols to inform students about the status of a requirement. The legend that explains each symbol is located near the bottom of the worksheet.

The legend includes 6 symbols: a green check in a circle represents completed requirements; a half-full blue circle represents a requirement that has been completed except for classes in-progress; a blue clipboard with a check represents a prerequisite; a red circle represents a requirement that is not complete; a brown exclamation point in a circle represents a requirement that is nearly complete (see advisor); and an @ symbol represents any course number.

 

Student Information

 

The first section in DegreeMAP has a student’s GWID, name, and Degree program. It also includes their class year and status (full-time v. part-time). 

The image includes three fields noting an example student ID, name, and degree. The degree for the example student is juris doctor – 34. It notes that the level is a 4-law, class level is L3 third-year-law, major is law-067, college is law school-90, academic standing is good standing - 00, time status is full time.

 

 

GPA Information

 

Next, a student will see their progress towards graduation and their GPA. Please note the GPA listed is rounded to the second decimal and is not the official GPA of the Law School. A student's Official GPA is to the third decimal place and only the GPA listed on a university transcript is deemed official. 

The image has three fields. The first field is format (student view). The second field describes degree progress for the example student. There is a semi-closed circle which reads 86% above the word requirements. Next, there is a semi-closed circle with a 92% above the word credits. Next to those images is overall GPA for the example student above 3.01 which is circled by a red ellipse. The last section is a white checkmark inside a blue box next to the words “in progress classes” followed white checkmark inside a blue box next to the words pre-registered classes. There is a button that says “Process” at the end of the panel.

 

Graduation Requirements

 

Below is an overview of the requirements for graduation. The worksheet notes how many additional credits a student needs to meet the overall credit requirement (84) as well as the graded credit requirement (67 for non-transfer students and 48 for transfer students). DegreeMAP does not currently calculate Enrollment Units (EUs) but students enrolled full-time for six semesters and evening students who earn 84 credits will automatically fulfill this requirement. The Records Office calculated the EUs earned as of the Fall 2021 semester for students identified as potential Spring 2022 graduates. The EU calculation for those students is reflected in the "notes" section at the bottom of the worksheet. 

 

creditsThe image is a screenshot of an example student’s graduation requirements section. At the top it reads juris doctor (J.D. followed by “incomplete” in red print. Then, credits required: 84, credits applied: 71, academic year: 2019-2020, GPA: 3.53. Underneath, it reads “You are responsible for fulfilling all requirements as stated in the bulletin. The GPA displayed in the green map is rounded to the second decimal and it’s not the official GPA for the last school. Only the GPA displayed on a university transcript is considered to be official.” Below this section is a red open circle adjacent to “minimum 84 total credits” and still needed “13 credits and degree coursework.”Below there is a red open circle followed by minimum 67 letter grade credits still needed: six credits and coursework taken for letter. Underneath, there is a green circle with a green checkmark inside next to “you currently meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement”. The next line is an open red circle followed by program requirements still needed for the example student: C program requirements for law section, words program requirements for law in blue. The next line is an open red circle followed by enrollment units still needed: next to a red, rectangular box with the following words inside in blue: “students enrolled full-time for six semesters and evening students who earn 84 credits will automatically fulfill this requirement. Students who move between full-time and part-time status should ensure they earn 6.0 enrollment units as described in the law school bulletin. This requirement will show is under pending final review for graduation clearance.”

 

Program Requirements

 

This section provides a student’s status with respect to the required curriculum.

The image is a screenshot at the top of which reads program requirements for law next to the word “incomplete” in red font inside a pink rectangle. Underneath Reed’s credits applied: 36 academic year: 2019–20 20 GPA: 3.67. Underneath reads “you are responsible for filling all requirements as stated in the bulletin. The GPA displayed in the DegreeMap is rounded to the second decimal and not the official GPA for the law school. Only the GPA displayed on a university transcript is considered to be official. Next is a green circle with a green checkmark inside next to the word contracts. Followed by course: Law 6202, title: contracts, grade where the grade, a black box where the actual letter grade has been redacted, followed by credits: four, followed by term: fall 2019.

 

Upper-Level Writing Requirements

 

Students who take a 2-credit independent legal writing (6656) for a letter grade to fulfill the Upper-Level writing requirement will show as complete.  For other students, the requirement will show as incomplete, irrespective of whether you have completed it. If you served on a journal, this will show up as “complete" upon graduation. If you completed a seminar or other research paper, the Records Office will enter this manually for you in your final semester. 

The entire Screen Shot image is inside a red rectangle. The text inside begins with an open red circle followed by upper level writing requirement still needed: choose from one of the following: the next line is an open red circle next to the words “course with research paper” followed by complete law 6656 or a two credit seminar or other two credit course that requires or permits a research paper. You must earn a grade of B minus or better. The next line is an open red circle next to the word journal followed by complete two credits and lost 6657 and two credits selected from Law 6413, 6651, 6658, 6664, lol 6657 and the corresponding journal will appear as ‘in progress’ until completion of the final semester of Journal participation.

 

Experiential Learning Requirement

 

DegreeMAP also notes a student’s progress toward fulfilling the six-credit Experiential (E) learning requirement. This student has completed one E credit and is currently enrolled in two additional credits. They will need to enroll in at least three E credits in the spring of 2022.

DegreeMAP also notes a student’s progress toward fulfilling the six-credit Experiential (E) learning requirement. This student has completed one E credit and is currently enrolled in two additional credits. They will need to enroll in at least three E credits in the spring of 2022.

 

Fallthrough General Electives

 

“Fallthrough General Electives” are all completed elective courses that are not required courses.

The first line of the image is the phrase “fall through general electives inside a red rectangle. The next line of text reads “credits applied: 35 classes applied: 14. Beneath that section is a grid with the headings across the top of course, title, grade, credits, term. The next line is the course lol 6 230 title evidence with a redacted grade for three credits in spring 2021. The next row is course lost 6250 title corporation with a redacted grade for three in credits fall 2020.

 

Courses In-Progress

 

This section lists the courses in which a student is currently enrolled or for which a grade has not been entered. Please note that for students serving on a journal, all journal credits will be listed as “In-progress.” 

 

This line of the image has the phrase “in progress” inside a red rectangle. The next line reads credits applied: 16, class is applied: eight. Beneath that section is a grid with the headings across the top of course, title, grade, credits, term. The first row of the grid is course lost 6657 tidal law review note with an open grade for one credit in the fall of 2020 term. The next row is for course lol 6657, title law review note with an open grade for one credit in the spring of 2021. The next row is for course law 6402 title anti-trust law with an open grade for three credits in the fall of 2021.

 

Notes

 

The Records Office will sometimes add notes to DegreeMAP highlighting items that may require a student's action/attention. These notes will only be entered for graduating students. 

The first line of the image is the word “notes” inside a red rectangle. The next line consists the three chart headings: description, create it on, created by. The first-row description reads “student must declare which course will fulfill their legal requirement.” Created on September 29th, 2021 by Valmonte-Tomek, Elaine F. The first-row description reads “as a fall 2021 semester your enrollment unit is 5.4. You must enroll for a minimum of eight credits in the spring 2022 semester in order to meet the enrollment units requirement.” Created on September 29th, 2021 by Valmonte-Tomek, Elaine F.

 


DegreeMAP Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Why is my Upper-level Writing Requirement showing as Not complete?

A: If you're a Journal participant, your Upper-level Writing Requirement won't show as complete until the completion of 4 semesters of Journal including satisfactory completion of LAW 6657, Scholarly Writing. The student must receive a grade of Honors (H) or Pass (P) in LAW 6657 for the work to fulfill the requirement.

If you're using a 2-credit seminar or another 2-credit course (aside from LAW 6656 Independent Legal Writing) that requires or permits a research paper, please let the Records Office know via this form which course you have taken to fulfill this requirement. The Records Office will confirm with the professor that you've in fact met the requirement and will apply it to your record.

 

Q: Why are some courses I took or am taking that are identified by the designation “Experiential” or “(E)” ending up in the "Fallthrough General Electives" section instead of under the "Experiential Learning Requirement" section?

 

A: Sometimes DegreeMAP makes "E" calculations in a way that is counterintuitive. DegreeMAP is looking at the big picture and running calculations to optimize the use of all courses, so based on many intricate calculations it may leave an "E" course out of the Experiential Learning Requirement section. Un-checking the "In-progress classes" and "Preregistered classes" check boxes and then clicking process will often re-sort completed "E" courses into the Experiential Learning Requirement Section.

 

Q: What are "Fallthrough General Electives"?

A: Fallthrough General Electives are courses that aren't applied to the "Program Requirements for Law" section. I.e: courses that don't fulfill the 10 required courses, the Upper-level Writing Requirement, the Experiential Learning Requirement, or Professional Responsibility and Ethics. 

 

Q: I am pursuing a concentration. Does DegreeMAP take my concentration into account?

A: Not yet. DegreeMAP is being rolled out in phases. Concentration requirements will be incorporated in the upcoming phase.

 

Q: What were the Special Covid-19 Exceptions for 2020 to the CR/NC Policy?

A: You can find the exceptions here

 

Q: What do I do if something appears amiss in my DegreeMAP worksheet?

A: Please email the Records Office at [email protected] being sure to describe the matter in detail.

 

Q: Can I use the "What If" Function?

A: The "What If" function is not geared toward the law school program. While students can use it, it will likely not be helpful at present. 

 

Q: Why do I see two different GPAs?

A: The "Overall GPA" at the top of the worksheet represents a student's GPA to the second decimal. The GPA you see under "Program Requirements for Law" represents the GPA for the classes listed in that particular section. 

 

Q: Why don't I see my concentration?

A: DegreeMAP does not currently note a student’s JD concentration but we hope to launch that feature in spring 2022. A JD student who intends to apply for recognition of concentration should already be in touch with their concentration program advisor. The Program Advisor will review your record and assess if you have met the concentration requirements at the conclusion of the semester. A student may earn only one concentration and that will be noted on your transcript upon successful completion of all requirements.

 

Q: I am a joint degree student. Will I see all my requirements in DegreeMAP?

A: Joint degrees must be conferred simultaneously and only after all requirements for both degrees are met. Joint degree students should consult with the Dean of Students Office for crossover credits that will transfer to the law school transcript in the final month before graduation. It is the responsibility of each joint degree candidate to ensure that grades from the final semester or summer session are transferred to the law school for credit to qualify for graduation.