Please choose from the categories:

      General Honors

      Departmental Honors

      University Honors (Summa/Magna/Cum Laude)




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:

    (a) 12 credits at the 200 level or higher;

    (b) 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);

    (c) 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 sucessful 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.

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:
1) the average of all grades earned at the University of Miami (UM cumulative graduation GPA), or
2) 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.


GPA Requirements Summa/Magna/Cum Laude:

Click here to download a PDF of the GPA requirements for 2016-2017

To see the GPA requirements from previous years, please click on one of the links below.

2015-2016 Academic Year

2014-2015 Academic Year

2013-2014 Academic Year

2012-2013 Academic Year

2011-2012 Academic Year

2010-2011 Academic Year

2009-2010 Academic Year

2008-2009 Academic Year

If you have any questions, concerns or to schedule an appointment, please contact the General Honors Program-Office of Academic Enhancement at (305) 284-5384 or email Our office is located at the Rhodes House, Building 37-K.