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Program requirements

Designed to challenge students to a diverse educational experience, the Honors Program offers courses taken from the Colleges of Arts, Science and Visual and Performing Arts.  The Honors curriculum allows students to become exposed to a wide-range of classes distinct from any other progam offered, going beyond typical classroom learning. 

Maintaining academic excellence requires a commitment to upholding the standards of the UMass Dartmouth Commonwealth Honors Program:

  • maintain an overall university GPA of 3.2 or higher;
  • complete at least 15 credits of Honors course work with a grade of B or higher in each course, including the Honors 301 thesis preparation seminar in the junior year;
  • complete an original thesis or artistic composition under faculty supervision, for which the student typically earns at least three credits; and
  • make a public presentation of his or her Honors project in an appropriate venue, such as a thesis defense, artistic performance, or conference poster presentation.

Please note that UMD also offers a merit scholarship called the "Commonwealth Scholarship." The two are not connected.

No more than six credits of "Honors contract" coursework may be applied to the minimum requirements listed below.

If you are a student in the college of...Arts & Sciences or BusinessNursing, Engineering, or Visual & Performing Arts
Then by the time you have completed...You must complete...
15 total credits (including transfer and AP credits), or one semester at UMD, whichever comes first. At least three Honors credits. At least three Honors credits.
30 total credits, or two semesters at UMD, whichever comes first. At least six Honors credits. At least six Honors credits.
60 total credits, or four semesters at UMD, whichever comes first. At least twelve Honors credits. At least nine Honors credits.
90 total credits, or six semesters at UMD, whichever comes first. At least fifteen Honors credits, including Honors 301, and submission of thesis project proposal. At least twelve Honors credits, including Honors 301, and submission of thesis project proposal.
120 total credits, or eight semesters at UMD, whichever comes first. All Commonwealth Scholar graduation requirements*. All Commonwealth Scholar graduation requirements*.

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