Graduation with Honors

Questrom School of Business Policy


For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude, the faculty of Questrom School of Business recommends candidates whose scholastic performance reflects high achievement. To qualify for summa cum laude, a student’s grade point average (GPA) must fall in the top 5 percent of the graduating class. The next 10 percent receive the designation magna cum laude, followed by the next 15 percent, who graduate cum laude. The grade point averages determining these percentages are fixed for May graduates during the spring semester. These grade point cutoffs are also used to determine Latin honors for the subsequent September and January graduates.

Transfer credits are not considered in the final decision of awarding honors. Only the Boston University grade point average (all courses taken at Boston University except ROTC, CAS FY, and PDP) may satisfy the GPA requirement for the awarding of honors.


Honors will be awarded to graduates whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is 3.55 or higher. High honors will be awarded to graduates whose CGPA is 3.70 or higher. Honors are not awarded for PhD graduates.

Beta Gamma Sigma

The highest-achieving students based on GPA are eligible for induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Selection for Beta Gamma Sigma is made on the basis of cumulative GPA, once students have applied for graduation. Students who fail to submit an Application for Graduation by the date indicated in the graduation section of the student handbook will not be reviewed for Beta Gamma Sigma eligibility.

Upon successful dissertation defense, all PhD graduates are offered admittance into Beta Gamma Sigma.