Honors Degree

Enhance your degree with Honors

Earn a jointly-conferred Honors degree by challenging yourself both in and outside the classroom. The program is rigorous but flexible, so you can push the boundaries of your own scholarship throughout your Pitt experience.  


If you apply and are admitted to the degree program, you will receive:

  • A special Honors degree jointly awarded from the Honors College and your home academic school upon graduation
  • Priority course registration to help you complete the curriculum requirements
  • Priority access to Honors housing communities and activities
  • An assigned Honors Scholar-Mentor to support your academic experience

Honors-enhanced degree requirements

  • Curricular requirements: 18 academic credits of UHC approved courses, including credits from approved school-based honors programs.
  • Co-Curricular requirements: 6 experiential credits (including research, independent study, approved study abroad via Pitt Panther programs; approved internship for credit; approved Co-op Program).
  • Outside of the classroom curriculum: Completion of the Pitt Honors OCC.
  • Overall GPA: 3.250

To stay in good academic standing, you must maintain GPA above 3.000, participate in the Honors OCC, and complete one honors course or project per year. If your GPA is below 3.000 for one semester, you will be put on probation. If your GPA dips below 3.000 for two consecutive terms, you will be suspended from the program. You can appeal or request readmission after a suspension. 


While all Pitt students can participate in Honors courses and programs, you apply to this enhanced degree track. Admission is based not only on your academic performance, but also your interest in working for the community and your intellectual curiosity. 

First-Year students apply as part of their regular application to Pitt. If you indicate you are interested in the Honors joint degree program, you will be asked to complete an additional essay question. 

Transfer students apply as part of their regular application to Pitt. The application will consider your academic performance, as well as your answer to an additional essay question. 

Upperclass students (including transfers from a regional campus) must have a minimum GPA of 3.500, and a minimum of two semesters (24 credits). Applicants are required to complete one essay prompt which can be found here and submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor or academic advisor. Applications for upperclass students open in the spring for the following academic year. Follow the link below to begin the application process.

Apply as an upperclass student 

Upperclass Application Deadline: May 31, 2022


The Honors joint degree is not the only way to engage with the Honors College. You can also pursue the research-focused Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree. You do NOT have to be pursuing an Honors degree or BPhil to take Honors courses, apply for UHC fellowships, or join other Honors programs and activities.