Graduate with Honors

To graduate with honors, you must earn a specified GPA in all three of the following areas:

  1. overall UF GPA
  2. business core GPA
  3. major or area of specialization GPA

In addition, students who wish to graduate magna and summa cum laude must write an honors thesis. Tip: Your honors thesis can also serve as a University Scholars Program research project!

Business Majors with 2003 or Later Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.5 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.7 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.9 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Business Majors with 2002 or Earlier Catalog Year

Honors Designation GPA Requirements
Cum Laude (Honors) 3.2 UF, Core, and Major GPAs
Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.6 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis
Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.8 UF, Core, Major GPAs + thesis

Thesis Requirements

Information Systems and Operations Management (BSBA-IST)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. There are countless research topics to choose from and students are encouraged to explore their interests. It is also possible to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for your honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the ISOM department in 351 Stuzin Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the department’s Honors Coordinator will register you for QMB 4970 which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for notifying the Honors Coordinator of your final grade. The Honors Coordinator will submit your final grade to the university.

Department of Information Systems & Operations Management Honors Coordinator

Ms. Pat Brawner
Email (brawner at ufl.edu)
351 Stuzin Hall
(352) 846-1374

Economics (BSBA-ES)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must use regression analysis to test various hypotheses based on economic theory about the determinants of some phenomenon. In addition, once a preliminary topic is decided upon, students should develop hypotheses they wish to test and then ascertain whether the project is feasible; that is, are the data that are required to test the key hypotheses available? Next, researchers should determine which data they will use to test their hypotheses, gather the data, and then run the regression analyses to test their hypotheses. The honors thesis, which is a formal research paper, will describe the phenomenon being studied and why it is of interest, develop the hypotheses being tested, indicate how the data were gathered and manipulated, describe in detail whether each hypothesis is supported by the statistical results, and summarize in the conclusion what has been learned from the analysis.

Completing an honors thesis is a strenuous task, and students are strongly encouraged to devote two semesters to completing their honors thesis. The department also recommends that students take Empirical Research in Economics (ECO 4935), as the empirical paper required for this fall course can be developed into a thesis in the spring. Another useful course for honors thesis candidates is Public Choice (ECO 3532), which assigns a number of empirical articles to read and requires some data analysis. There are unlimited research topics, and students are encouraged to explore their own interests. It is also possible to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for your honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the economics department in 224 Matherly Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the Economics Department will register you for ECO 4970, a one credit honors thesis course which is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. (Note: Up to four additional free elective credits can be earned by taking ECO 4905 - Individual Work. The approval form to take this course can be obtained from the economics department office.) The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if a student’s thesis is satisfactory and for notifying the Honors Coordinator of the final grade. The Honors Coordinator will submit final grades.

Department of Economics Honors Coordinator

Dr. Larry Kenny
Email (larry.kenny at warrington.ufl.edu)
313 Matherly Hall
(352) 392-0117

Finance (BSBA-FIN)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. There are countless research topics to choose from; however, very few Internet-related topics will be approved. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests, or to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for an honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Faculty supervisors can oversee no more than two honors theses each semester, so pre-planning is essential. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the FIRE department in 321 Stuzin Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the FIRE department will give you permission to register for FIN 4970 which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for submitting your final grade.

Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Honors Coordinator

Dr. Michael Ryngaert
Email (michael.ryngaert at warrington.ufl.edu)
321A Stuzin Hall
(352) 392-0153

General Studies (BABA-GBA)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. There are countless research topics to choose from and students are encouraged to explore their interests. It is also possible to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for your honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research; students who plan to conduct research in their area of specialization should work with a faculty member from the department that oversees the area of specialization. Students who research a business-related topic should find a business faculty advisor and follow the honors thesis guidelines established by their advisor’s department. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

Students should have their faculty supervisor email the Honors Coordinator to indicate they have agreed to supervise the thesis. In addition, students must obtain the approval of the Honors Coordinator for their project via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If approved,the Honors Coordinator will enroll you in GEB 4970 which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory(S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade.The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for emailing your final grade to the Honors Coordinator. The Honors Coordinator will submit your final grade.

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Brian Ray
Email (brian.ray at warrington.ufl.edu)
133 Bryan Hall
(352) 273-0165

Management (BSBA-MGT)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. There are countless research topics to choose from and students are encouraged to explore their interests. It is also possible to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for your honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the management department in 201 Stuzin Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the management department will register you for MAN 4970, which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for notifying the Honors Coordinator of your final grade. The Honors Coordinator will submit your final grade.

Department of Management Honors Coordinator

Prof. Robert Thomas
Email (robert.thomas at warrington.ufl.edu)
227 Stuzin Hall
(352) 392-0136

Marketing (BSBA-MKG)

To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct either an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) or a literature review that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. In practice, most students opt to write a literature review, typically 20-25 pages in length. There are countless research topics to choose from and students are encouraged to explore their interests. It is also possible to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for your honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.

In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the marketing department in 210 Bryan Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the marketing department will register you for MAR 4970 which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for notifying the Honors Coordinator of your final grade. The Honors Coordinator will submit your final grade.

Department of Marketing Honors Coordinator

Dr. Jinhong Xie
Email (xiej at ufl.edu)
209 Bryan Hall
(352) 392-0161

Thesis Submission Process

  1. When your thesis is approved, submit a hard copy of your paper to the supervising department by the published deadline along with a typewritten copy of the Honors Thesis Submission Form.
  2. Complete an online Honors Thesis Abstract Submission Form and submit an electronic copy of your thesis to the UF Honors Program Office.
  3. University Scholars must also submit a copy of their paper to the Journal of Undergraduate Research via email (cgreer at ufl.edu) by the published deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dean’s List Requirements

How do I make the Dean’s List?

To make the Dean’s List in the fall or spring semester, business majors must complete 12-14 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.70+ GPA or 15 hours (no S-U courses) with a 3.5+ GPA.

Honors Requirements

What kinds of grades do I need to graduate with honors?

If your Catalog Year is 2003 or later, you must earn a 3.5 UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate cum laude; a 3.7+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate magna cum laude; and a 3.9+ UF, core, and major or area of specialization GPA to graduate summa cum laude. You must also complete an honors thesis to earn the magna or summa cum laude designation.

Do I have to write a thesis to graduate with honors?

To graduate cum laude, you do not have to write an honors thesis. To graduate magna or summa cum laude, you must complete an honors thesis.

What's involved in completing an honors thesis?

To complete an honors thesis, you must find a professor who will oversee your work, register for a one credit honors thesis course, and then complete an honors thesis/research paper by the end of the term in which you will graduate. Each business major has its own specific set of honors thesis requirements.

Why should I complete an honors thesis?

Completing an honors thesis will allow you to gain in depth knowledge of your field and develop a relationship with a professor who can write a valuable letter of recommendation for you. You will also have the words magna or summa cum laude on your diploma (and resume). Finally, if you are selected to participate in the University Scholars Program (USP) you can use the required research paper for USP to fulfill your honors thesis requirement and you will receive a $1,750 award.

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