General Honors

In order to graduate with General Honors from the University of Miami you must be a member of the General Honors Program and meet the following requirements:

  1. Take at least 6 honors credits per academic year (generally one 3 credit honors course per semester) for a total of 24 credits
  2. Maintain a minimum UM Cumulative GPA of 3.500
  3. Have 24 credits in Honors courses, distributed as follows by your final semester
  • 12 credits at the 200 level or higher
  • 12 credits outside your major (If you have a double major, up to 9 credits can be counted in each major but at least 6 credits must be outside of both majors)
  • Earn a grade of 'B' or better
Courses in your major refer only to courses listed with the designation of your major code. For example, if you are a finance major, only courses listed as FINL would be considered in your major. For a Music student whose major is Music Engineering, only courses listed as MUEE are considered in your major. Keep in mind that it is not necessary to have any Honors credits in your major.

Departmental Honors

Among the departments offering approved programs for honors study at the junior-senior level for both majors and elective students are accounting, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, computer information systems, economics, engineering, English, finance, history, management, management science, marketing, mathematics, microbiology and immunology, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and religious studies.

Admission into the program is by invitation, but any student who believes himself or herself qualified may apply to the chairman or the departmental honors advisor of the major department; preferably during the sophomore or early junior year. Upon successful completion of the required program and with approval by the faculty of the department, the notation 'Departmental Honors in ...' is included in the candidate's diploma and transcript.

Departmental Honors Programs are designed primarily to provide an opportunity for the superior student to intensify and deepen his or her knowledge of the major, to permit closer associations with professors in the student's area of concentration, and to prepare the student for research, thesis preparation, and other work at the graduate level in the major areas.

Consult with your department on the minimum requirements for graduation with Departmental Honors.
Do not confuse Departmental Honors and University Honors (i.e. cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.) They are entirely different honors.

University Honors

University Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude) will be determined by a minimum GPA unique to the school or college from which the student is graduating.

University honors only applies to undergraduate students.

For the Purposes of graduation, Latin honors are based on students' GPA in the semester prior to graduation, because graduation takes place before the deadline to upload final grades in Canelink.

The GPA required will change each academic year (beginning with the fall semester) and will be based on the cumulative GPA of the previous year’s graduating class.

The top 5% of the graduating class will receive summa cum laude within each individual school or college; the next 10% will receive magna cum laude and the next 10% cum laude.

For the determination of University honors, cumulative GPA is never rounded off and is the lower of:
the average of all grades earned at the University of Miami (UM cumulative graduation GPA), or
the combined average of all graded work taken at the University of Miami or elsewhere (whether or not the transfer work is accepted toward a degree at the University of Miami).

Students must meet the required GPAs noted below by the completion of the final semester within his/her school or college to be eligible to graduate with the honor.

The appropriate honor will automatically be placed on the student’s final transcript and diploma.

Click here for GPA Requirements for Summa/Magna/Cum Laude.