Degree refinement matrices have tight connections to graph homomorphisms that locally, on the neighborhoods of a vertex and its image, are constrained to three types: bijective, injective or surjective. If graph
has a homomorphism of given type to graph
, then we say that the degree refinement matrix of
is smaller than that of
. This way we obtain three partial orders. We present algorithms that will determine whether two matrices are comparable in these orders. For the bijective constraint no two distinct matrices are comparable. For the injective constraint we give a PSPACE algorithm, which we also apply to disprove a conjecture on the equivalence between the matrix orders and universal cover inclusion. For the surjective constraint we obtain some partial complexity results.