Degree Audit Report (DAR)
What is a degree audit report (DAR)?
Your DAR is an interactive, real-time document that matches the courses you have taken (or are registered for) with your degree requirements, based on your major, to keep you on track for graduating in a timely fashion. It tells you the requirements you have completed, the requirements that you still need to complete, and how much progress you have made thus far.
Can I only see my DAR when I meet with my academic advisor?
No! You can access your DAR at any time.
In fact, it is suggested that you look at your Degree Audit Report regularly in order to become familiar with your degree requirements. Follow the instructions below.
How do I get to my DAR?
To access your DAR, follow these steps:
- Go to myMiami and log in using your Unique ID and MUnet password
- Once you have logged in you will see a link on the left top side of the page for BannerWeb. Click on the link to enter BannerWeb
- Select “Student Services and Financial Aid"
- Select "Student Records"
- Select “Degree Audit”
- Select “Submit an Audit”
- Select “Run Audit”
- Select “View Audit”
- Select “Refresh the List” to see all audits (may need to refresh more than once)
- Click on your major. If you have more than one major you will have a DAR for each.
You may also request a DAR at the One Stop located in the Campus Avenue Building (CAB); a picture I.D. is required.
How do I read my DAR?
The use of color-coding and symbols will help you read your DAR:
- When a requirement is fulfilled or In Progress (IP), the text and a ✓will be GREEN.
- When the requirement is NOT fulfilled, the text and a ✕ will be RED.
- Within each section, the +(plus) symbol indicates a requirement completed and the -(minus) symbol indicates a requirement not yet completed.
If you would like to see all of your information, click on Open All Sections. Use the Printer-Friendly version for a paper copy. Your DAR is divided into several sections, and each person’s DAR is different depending on the specific degree you are completing. An explanation of each section is below:
At the top of your DAR, you should see your name, major, and the type of degree you are pursuing. For example, Joe Smith, Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering. If you are currently in the University Studies program, are a pre-major, or are undeclared within a major, you will see this: **NOT A DEGREE PROGRAM**. Your Banner ID number will also be listed here. You will want to make sure all of this information is correct, particularly if you recently changed your major. Some of the requirements listed below are dependent on what your major is listed as.
Three main colors are used in the DAR charts and graphs. Requirements you have completed are dark green, requirements that are In Progress are light green, and the requirements you still need to complete are red. In Progress (IP) means that you are currently enrolled in the course or are registered for the course in an upcoming term but have not yet earned credit for the course.
On the top left, you will see a pie chart that is broken into either two or three sections. The dark green section indicates the number of credits that you have successfully completed. The light green section indicates the credits that are currently in progress and that you are currently enrolled in, and the red section indicates the portion of your degree that you still need to complete.
The bar chart located at the top center of the page shows your progress in particular categories of your degree. The most common categories in the chart are “Miami Plan”, “Divisional”, “Major,” “Minor” and “Elective.” You can click on each of these bars to see your progress in each subsection.
ALERT! In this section, EARNED and NEEDS credit hours is confusing. These numbers include your courses In Progress (current and future registration), so you have not actually earned all of these credit hours yet. See the end of your DAR for actual earned credit.
All of the text on your DAR is arranged from general information that applies to most Miami students, to the most specific information that applies only to you. For example, you’ll see that the first requirement (in red) indicates that you need at least 128 credit hours and at least a 2.00 GPA in order to graduate. The red “X” indicates that you have not yet done this. To see more details about what the 128 credit hours need to include, you can click on the red “X” and details will expand to give you more information.
Global Miami Plan (GMP)
All students must complete Miami’s liberal education requirements, based upon the calendar year when you started at Miami as a degree seeking student. To learn more about the GMP, please consult page 4 of the Guidebook for New Students, or visit the Core Curriculum page. The Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education emphasizes four major goals:
- Thinking Critically
- Understanding Contexts
- Engaging with Other Learners
- Reflecting and Acting
There are specific courses that fulfill each part of the GMP and the course options are listed on your DAR. Click on each part of the GMP for specific courses that meet the requirements; click on the course number to see the course description.
The GMP is made up of five foundations:
- Foundation I: English Composition - Complete either ENG 109 or ENG 111 and also ENG 112.
- Foundation II: Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science - Complete 3 hours of a fine arts course, three hours of a humanities course, and three hours of a social science.
- Foundation III: Global Perspectives - You can complete this one of two ways: either complete 6 approved study abroad credits OR take 9 credit hours of the listed courses.
- Foundation IV: Natural Science - You’ll need to take three science courses that add up to at least 9 credit hours. You’ll need to take one biological science, one physical science, and a third science course that falls in either the biological or physical category. At least one of the three science courses you take must have a lab component.
- Foundation V: Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology - You will need to take one approved course in math, formal reasoning, or technology to fulfill this requirement.
The GMP also includes two perspectives:
- Historical Perspective - Complete one approved course in this area.
- Cultural Perspective - Complete one approved course in this area.
The GMP also requires:
- Thematic Sequence - A thematic sequence is a set of 3 classes, related by theme, that have been approved to complete this requirement. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing a thematic sequence (must be outside department of your major), and most minors or double majors.
- Senior Capstone Experience - Once you have senior standing, you need to complete an approved senior capstone that will be the culmination of your liberal education. This experience, often also a requirement in your major, may be in the form of a course, workshop, research seminar, individual or group project, a creative project, etc.
Tips/Notes About the GMP
- Do your best to have a positive approach and not just get Miami Plan courses “out of the way.” Choose courses that you are interested in, and take away the skills from the course that tie back to the four goals of the GMP.
- You chose to come to an institution of liberal education, so take advantage of it! You might not have a chance to learn about these subjects ever again!
- Remember that learning that you don’t like a subject is just as useful as learning that you do.
- One course cannot count for multiple foundation requirements in the GMP. However, a course can count for a foundation requirement and one or both perspectives (Historical and Cultures) if the course is listed in both categories.
These requirements depend on what academic division you belong to, along with what your major is in some cases. For example, if you have a major in the Farmer School of Business, you will need to complete the business core classes; if you are in the College of Arts & Science (CAS), you will need to complete the CAS requirements. In some cases, your divisional requirements may help you to complete your GMP requirements as well. Please note that not all academic divisions have specific divisional requirements. If you have questions about this, please consult your academic advisor.
Your major requirements and any concentrations within your major will be listed below the divisional requirements. Please consult your academic advisor with any questions.
Courses Not Used in Any Other Requirement
You may take certain courses simply because you are interested in them, and not because they fulfill any specific requirement. While you shouldn’t take all of your courses as elective credit, it is good to take courses you are genuinely interested in. The courses you are taking as electives will be listed here and contribute to the 128 credit hours required for graduation.
This is where you’ll find the definition of any codes that are used throughout the DAR.
In this section, you will find all of the courses you have taken and the grades earned, including courses from which you withdrew (W grade) and classes you have not passed. This section will be a running list, by academic year, of all the courses you’ve taken and the grades you earned.
This section keeps track of the credit hours you’ve attempted, the credit hours that you’ve actually EARNED, and your current Grade Point Average (GPA).
The bottom of your DAR shows the courses in which you are currently registered.
Student Responsibility to Review DAR and Contact Advisor
All undergraduate students have unlimited access to view their DAR via MyMiami. Review your DAR frequently to make sure your progress to complete your degree requirements is on track. All students should arrange consultations with their academic advisors for degree status checking. If you do not know who your advisor is, contact your Divisional Office, and they will set an appointment up for you.
Although departmental and divisional offices have final approval for degree certification, the student must take responsibility to view their DAR, request help from advisors, departmental/divisional staff, faculty, or the Commencement Office with problems on their DAR.
If incomplete grades need to be turned in, review your DARS until you see the grade has been changed. If you do not receive notification that a grade correction has been processed, or you do not see the final grade posted on your DAR, contact the faculty member who instructed the course.
Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral Degrees
All graduate level students have unlimited access to view their DAR via myMiami. Review your DAR frequently to make sure your progress to complete your degree requirements is on track. All students should arrange consultations with their academic advisors for degree status checking and to verify that all paperwork has been submitted when ready to graduate. Any questions should be directed to the academic advisor or the Graduate School at gradschool@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-3734.