Honors in a Special Field

Fourth year students have the opportunity to earn the MD Degree with Honors in a Special Field (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) at graduation. 

More detailed information and policies on this program can be found in the Student Handbook.



  • Carry out a research project in your choice of any discipline - research typically involves at least four months of full-time work, often more in the experimental biological sciences
  • Apply to the program in late September by submitting a Statement of Intent 
  • Submit your honors thesis in February 
  • Sit for an honors exam in March or April
  • Receive notification of earned designation just prior to graduation in May

Deadlines for HMS Students graduating in 2023

Statement of Intent September 30, 2022
Faculty Mentor Approval October 11, 2022
Honors Thesis Submission February 13, 2023
Faculty Mentor Evaluation February 13, 2023
Honors Exams March & April, 2023