Among the departments offering approved programs for honors study at the junior-senior level for both majors and elective students are American studies, art and art history, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, engineering, English, finance, French, German, history, international finance and marketing, international studies, Judaic Studies, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, microbiology and immunology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, and women’s and gender 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 are designed primarily to provide an opportunity for the 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.

Departmental Honors requirements vary by departments; the prospective Departmental Honors student should confer with the Honors Advisor within the department about specific requirements for graduation with Departmental Honors.

Fellows in Latin American Studies (FILAS)

This innovative, dual B.A./M.A. honors degree in Latin American Studies allows outstanding incoming freshmen the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in five years, following a rigorous, efficient, accelerated curriculum of 150 credits. This highly selective group of students will enjoy close faculty mentoring and the opportunity to engage in specialized research projects with faculty. Students will gain advanced competence in at least one major language of Latin America, intern for one semester in public or private organizations dealing with Latin America and/or the Caribbean, and take advanced seminars with UM’s major Latin American scholars and visiting scholars. In addition, students will receive first-hand experience in their regions of focus by studying abroad. Most study abroad opportunities are for one semester (six months). FILAS students may arrange their own study abroad in consultation with the academic director or they may participate in the university’s study abroad options. Applicants must be high school seniors in the top 10% of their class and must have a minimum SAT I score of 1360 or (ACT 31). In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Fellows in Latin American Studies (FILAS). The FILAS application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year. A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November. Admitted first-semester freshmen interested in admittance to the FILAS program should contact the Academic Director of the Latin American Studies Programs for application information before October 1st.
For further information and application forms please go to the following web address: www.miami.edu/dualdegree

Honors Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HPBMB)

The Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (HPBMB) is offered to mature high school seniors with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in biological or biomedical science. Students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in approximately six years. 

To begin, students are admitted simultaneously into (i) the Honors Program and (ii) a special Privileged Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Privileged Studies provides flexibility in designing a course of study without the limitations of the conventional course distribution requirements. Furthermore, students are assured of a place in the graduate program of the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department after 2.5 or 3 calendar years of undergraduate work, provided that (i) a 3.5 GPA both overall and in the sciences is maintained and (ii) at least 1200 is scored on the graduate records examination (GRE). Undergraduates will conduct intensive laboratory work in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or nutritional biochemistry starting in their very first year of the program. By spring of their junior year, students will prepare an undergraduate thesis as preparation for their entry into graduate school. At that time they will start taking graduate courses and continue to do research with a graduate faculty member.

Applicants must have a combined SAT1 score of 1400 (combined Math and Critical Reading scores) or an ACT score of 32 and an unweighted GPA of 3.75. An SAT2 score of at least 600 in Math, and one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) is required. Eight semesters of English and mathematics and two semesters each of biology and chemistry must be completed by the time they graduate from high school. All components of the Common Application for undergraduate admission must be completed by November 1 of the senior year. In addition, a supplemental application form for the Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (HPBMB) must be completed at this time, including the personal statement. Finally, letters of recommendation in support of the application must be received from (i) three teachers and (ii) a counselor.

For further information and application forms, please go to the following web address: www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

Honors Program in Exercise Physiology (HPEP)

The Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department offers an accelerated Master degree program for students who have completed their 4-year undergraduate program in Exercise Physiology or Athletic Training. It allows students to complete their Master degree in any of the Exercise Physiology tracks (Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, and Nutrition for Health and Human Performance) within one year of their BS degree obtained in that major.

The additional year of study will enable students to complete all requirements leading to a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in the School of Education and Human Development, (M.S. Ed.), in 5 years. To be considered, applicants must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Students must have an SAT score of 1000 or an ACT score of 30 and an unweighted minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. The Exercise Physiology and HPEP application forms and supporting materials must be submitted no later than August 1st of the applicant’s senior year. A review of completed applications will begin by the end of September.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address: www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

Honors Program in Law (HPLW)

The University of Miami offers the Honors Program in Law (HPLW) which allows excellent students with high academic ability to gain admission to both undergraduate study and to graduate study in the law school. Such an achievement guarantees admission to the School of Law, pending students meet all program requirements - and gives qualified students the chance to complete both bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees in just six years. Applicants who wish to be considered for admission must be high school seniors in the top 5% of their class,  have a minimum SAT I score of 1400 or (ACT 32) and an unweighted GPA of 3.750. In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Law. The HPLW application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year. A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address. www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

Honors Program in Marine Geology (HPMG)

The Honors Program in Marine Geology (HPMG) allows exceptional students to pursue an accelerated program in the undergraduate Geological Sciences and graduate Marine Geology and Geophysics programs.  The degree consists of an undergraduate Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geological Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences, combined with a graduate Master of Science degree from the Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  Applicants must be high school seniors in the top 10% of their class and must have a minimum SAT I score of 1360 or (ACT 31).  In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Marine Geology.  The HPMG application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year.  A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

Honors Program in Medicine (HPME)

The Honors Program in Medicine (HPME) is offered to mature high school seniors with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in medicine or medical science. Students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) in 7 or 8 years.

Students undergo a highly selective screening process and are admitted simultaneously to the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine. Accepted students are assured of a place in medical school after 3 or 4 calendar years of undergraduate work assuming they maintain the required grade point average and receive the required MCAT score.

Applicants to the Honors Program in Medicine must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States with an alien registration receipt card in their possession at the time of application. Residents of any state may apply. Only students who are in their last year of high school are eligible to apply.

To be considered students must:

  • have a combined SAT1 score of 1400 (combined Math and Critical Reading scores) or an ACT score of 32 and an unweighted GPA of 3.75
  • meet the SAT II score requirement of at least 600 in Math (Level I or II) and one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • have completed eight semesters of English and mathematics and two semesters each of biology and chemistry by the time they graduate from high school complete all components of your Common Application for undergraduate admission and all standardized testing by November 1
  • complete a Dual Degree Honors Program Supplemental Application for Medicine by November 1

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address: www.miami.edu/dualdegree.