Degrees

It is the responsibility of the student to be sure he/she makes satisfactory progress toward, and fulfills requirements for, the degree he/she seeks. He/she may obtain help in the office of his/her Academic Dean.

To receive a Bachelor’s degree from the University, the student must earn at least 120 credit hours (more in some schools), with a C average (2.0) or better as well as a C average for all work done at the University of Miami.

Students must also meet all of the degree requirements of their respective schools and should not expect requirements in composition, mathematics, foreign languages, or other subject areas to be waived for any reason.

  • A student transferring credit hours from a 2-year community or junior college (this being the last school attended) must complete a minimum of 56 credit hours in residence at the University of Miami to earn an undergraduate degree.
  • A student transferring credit hours from a 4-year college or university (this being the last school attended) must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in residence at the University of Miami to earn an undergraduate degree.
  • In addition, each student must complete at least half of the credit hours specified for his or her major in residence at the University of Miami. 
  • Not more than 30 credit hours of correspondence work and extension work combined will be accepted toward a degree, and neither correspondence nor extension work may be credited as a part of the last 45/56 credit hours of the student’s program.
  • Not more than 30 credit hours based on military experience will be awarded toward the degree.
  • Credit hours earned in a manner other than by course registration, i.e. proficiency examination, CLEP, placement tests, etc., may not be used to meet the final 45/56 credit hour residency requirement, however such credit by examination may be earned while the student is enrolled in the courses needed to meet the final 45/56 credit-hour residency requirement.
  • Once a degree has been awarded, no changes will be made to the academic record.

Dual Degree

  • To obtain two different undergraduate degrees, a student must complete all the requirements for each degree.
  • A second undergraduate degree on the same level requires a different major and a different minor.
  • If the degrees are in two different schools, a student must meet the requirements with distinctly different majors and minors, wherever applicable, in each school.
  • Students must obtain approval from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education to pursue dual degrees in different schools. 

As a general rule, college credit hours more than 12 years old are not recognized for degree purposes. Students in this category should consult their academic deans.

A student must apply for graduation on CaneLink during the semester in which they expect to graduate.

University Graduation Honors (Latin Honors)

University Graduation Honors (Latin Honors - Summa /Magna /Cum Laude) will be determined by a minimum GPA unique to the school or college from which the student is graduating.

  • University Graduation 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 GPAs 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 Graduation 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 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.

Departmental Honors

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.

Diplomas and Transcripts

No diplomas or official transcripts are released from the Office of the University Registrar without the approval of the Office of Student Account Services.

The last date on which application may be made for each graduation period is published in the Academic Calendar. The academic deans are the only officers authorized to approve placing the student’s name on the candidate degree list.

Diplomas are issued after the student’s graduation has been awarded by the school/college and noted on the student’s official transcript. The diploma must be issued in the name on the student’s academic record. Addition or omission of a middle name is acceptable. The addition of a middle name will be acceptable only as it appears on the student’s application for admission. If the middle name is not on the application or if the student wants another version, documented proof of a legal name change must be presented to the Office of the University Registrar.

Official transcripts are issued only upon receipt of a secure electronic request through the university’s online transcript system or a written and signed request from the student is received in the office.  Payment for the transcripts is required before they will be sent.

Unofficial transcripts are available free of charge to students through CaneLink.