Honors ConvocationGraduating with Honors

There are several ways to graduate with honors at MU. Each of these distinctions will appear on your transcript as evidence of the challenging and enriching program of study you undertake at the University of Missouri. They also make you eligible for the Honors Convocation, held in Jesse Hall for fall and at Mizzou Arena for spring graduates. For more information, including important deadlines, see the Application for Graduation with the Honors Certificate and for Participation in the Honors Convocation.

Requirements for Graduating with the Honors Certificate

  1. For students enrolling at MU for the first time in Fall 2014 or later: Students who complete 20 or more hours of courses for honors credit and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA (as calculated after final grades are posted at the end of the semester in which the student is graduating) are eligible to graduate with an Honors Certificate. The 20 hours may include any number of General Honors and Departmental Honors course credits but no more than 6 hours of honors transfer credit, 8 hours of Learning-by-Contract credit, and 8 hours of approved graduate credit (form required). Students must achieve a minimum letter grade for each course: a C or better for regular honors or graduate courses or a B or better for Learning-by-Contract courses. Students must apply for the Honors Certificate by completing the application. In order to participate in the Honors Convocation, students must apply no later than the end of the third week of classes in their final semester. For more information, see the Application for Graduation with the Honors Certificate.
  2. For students enrolling at MU for the first time before Fall 2014: Students who complete 20 or more hours of courses for honors credit and maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA (as calculated after final grades are posted at the end of the semester in which the student is graduating) are eligible to graduate with an Honors Certificate. The 20 hours may include include any number of General Honors and Departmental Honors course credits but no more than 6 hours of honors transfer credit, 8 hours of Learning-by-Contract credit, and 8 hours of approved graduate credit (form required). Students must achieve a minimum letter grade for each course: a C or better for regular honors or graduate courses or a B or better for Learning-by-Contract courses. Students must apply for the Honors Certificate by completing the application. In order to participate in the Honors Convocation, students must apply no later than the end of the third week of classes in their final semester. For more information, see the Application for Graduation with the Honors Certificate.

Your Honors Certificate eligibility will be verified after Graduation to confirm that your GPA is still within the eligibility limits, that Learning-by-Contract courses are complete, and to make certain you have completed 20 eligible honors credit hours. Participation in the Honors Convocation does not guarantee you will be awarded an Honors Certificate.

Departmental Honors

Departments have their own criteria for graduating students with honors. These may include GPA requirements, special coursework, and/or the completion of an honors senior thesis or research project. See the website for the department of your major to find more information on departmental honors.

Latin Honors

Latin Honors are based on GPA, with varying requirements for different schools within the university. Please see the website for your division to find the requirements for graduating with a Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude designation. Students at or above the Cum Laude level are invited to participate in the Honors Convocation.

University Honors

Students earn University Honors by completing both an Honors Certificate and Departmental Honors from a list of approved departments, which require a senior thesis or similar project. Please check the list below to determine if your department qualifies for the University Honors program:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Journalism
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Plant Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History & Archeology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geological Sciences
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Women’s Studies
  • Teacher Development Program
  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Social Work