Degrees and graduation


Degree audit

Degree audit is a self-service program that helps you evaluate your progress towards completion of your degree program. It provides answers to questions such as:

  • Which courses do I need to complete my general education requirements?
  • Which courses can I choose from to complete my major?
  • If I change my major, how would the courses I have already completed apply my new major?
  • How many credits do I need to complete my degree?
  • What is my grade point average?

Degree audit is located in Pipeline under the student tab as STARS for Degree Audit.  By clicking on the Degree Audit in STARS, you can review the requirements of your current degree program by selecting Generate New Evaluation. You can select the What If Analysis to check out how the courses you have completed would apply to a new program or major. 

The plan of work module in STARS gives you and your advisor the opportunity to plan out all the courses you will take to fulfill your degree requirements in a semester-by-semester format.

Degree audit is a tool that should be used to help you make the best course selections for your degree program. You should consult with your advisor to ensure you are on the right track to reach your academic goals. Contact your advisor if you find any discrepancies in your audit.

Questions about how to use degree audit can be sent to Questions about your program requirements should be directed to your advisor. 

Applying for graduation

One of the last steps you need to take before receiving your degree is to apply for graduation. 

  • You must apply for graduation in Pipeline no later than the end of the fifth week of classes in the semester you plan on graduating.
  • To submit an application, click on the Student tab and select Apply for Degree or Certificate from the Student Records menu.  
  • There is a $40 non-refundable graduation fee that must be paid before your application for graduation can be considered.
  • Payment must be made in the online application for graduation by credit card or electronic check.
    • If you are currently registered, you can also choose to add the fee to your student account.
  • Before you apply, be sure to review your degree audit in STARS.
  • You should also make an appointment to see your advisor and make sure you've completed all academic requirements.  

If you have any questions, e-mail the Records Office at or call us at 313-577-2100.


Wayne State University awards degrees three times each year — May, August and December. The university holds commencement ceremonies in December and May to recognize its new alumni. The academic calendar contains the dates and times for each school's commencement ceremony. Visit the commencement site for more information.