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Honors program

Degree Description

During the spring semester of junior year, majors with a 3.5 GPA are considered for the Honors Program. The Undergraduate Committee selects from this group, based on the advice of the department faculty, those who have demonstrated the ability and promise to successfully complete the course and thesis requirements of the program.

Invited students who wish to pursue honors then choose a thesis advisor and begin work on a research project that culminates in an Honors thesis, completed during senior year.


  1. Invitation by the department to join the program.
  2. Completion of BA or BS requirements in any of the department's major programs.
  3. Completion of an approved departmental graduate course.
  4. Submission and defense of a thesis, both of which are judged to be satisfactory by the thesis committee, by the College deadline.
  5. An overall GPA of 3.5
  6. CS 495RW: Honors (in the final semester of studies)
    A minimum of 1 credit hour is required. To satisfy the senior writing requirement with the Honors thesis, a student must enroll for 4 credit hours of CS 495RW.
  7. For joint majors (MathCS) only
    -Joint majors may pursue honors in either department; however, they have to choose only one.
    -Joint majors need approval from both departments to participate in honors.
    -Joint majors should have one committee member from each department, and one committee member outside both departments for a total of 3 committee members.
    -Both departments must agree on and approve of the level of honors ultimately awarded.

Course Preparation

To be considered for the Honors Program students are strongly urged to take the following courses in (or prior to) their junior year.

Applying to the Honors Program

Students who are finishing a degree in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023 and would like to be considered for Honors should fill out this form.  The application deadline is May 1, 2022.

Students with questions related to this program should contact the Honors coordinator, Prof. Davide Fossati.

Research Writing Assistance

Emory's Science Librarian, Kristan Majors Chilcoat, has created the Math & Computer Science Honors Research Guide to assist students with their research and writing.