Graduating with Honors

There are several ways to graduate with honors at Mizzou. 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

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Students who complete 20 or more hours of courses for honors credit (24 or more hours for those students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2017) and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA (3.3 GPA for those students starting Mizzou prior to the Fall of 2014) are eligible to graduate with an Honors Certificate. For more information, including important deadlines and regulations, see the Application for Graduation with the Honors Certificate and for Participation in the Honors Convocation.

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 LaudeMagna 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:

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Journalism
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Plant Sciences

College of Arts and Science

  • 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

College of Education

  • Teacher Development Program

College of Engineering

  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

School of Health Professions

  • Communication Science and Disorders

College of Human Environmental Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Social Work