Overview of Beta Gamma Sigma
International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma membership is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program at a school accredited by AACSB International. Baccalaureate students enrolled in a program accepted by the AACSB International are eligible for consideration for membership if they are in the upper 10 percent of their class. Graduate students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class are eligible. Graduate students who have been previously inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma as undergraduates and who rank in the upper 20 percent of those receiving the master’s degree must be included in the 20 percent limitation. College faculty with an earned doctorate from an AACSB International accredited institution who are not, but would like to become members of BGS may qualify.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation only to business students who have met the academic qualifications defined by the International Honor Society’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (www.betagammasigma.org).
Only the Chapter president and/or advisor may extend an invitation to the student. Once it is determined that the student has met all academic qualifications he or she will receive a written invitation with instructions on how to become a member.
The Chapter advisor receives a list of all students and their grade point averages at the end of the fall semester for junior and senior undergraduates and at the beginning of the final semester for graduate students from the advising office. From these lists the Chapter selects no more than the top 10 percent of undergraduate and the top 20 percent of graduate students for membership. Students who are invited to join must pay a Beta Gamma Sigma initiation fee, which when processed and verified, will grant them all the privileges of membership including a membership key and certificate.
Induction of Beta Gamma Sigma students is held on a regular basis prior to commencement ceremonies. Recognition in commencement or graduation programs is only available to students who have been certified by the Beta Gamma Sigma International Office.
Students may be recognized in the College of Business and Economics May Commencement program or a graduate program when they are registered with the International Office.
The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.
The Mission is supported by the five Objectives of the Society. These include:
- Encourage and honor high academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in business programs accredited by AACSB International.
- Foster in Beta Gamma Sigma members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the Society: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.
- Support the advancement of business thought and practice to encourage lifelong learning.
- Enhance the value of Beta Gamma Sigma for students and alumni members in their professional lives.
- Advance the visibility and reputation of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Beta Gamma Sigma was the first national honor society in business. In 1913 three separate societies—Beta Gamma Sigma from the University of Wisconsin, Delta Kappa Chi from the University of Illinois, and The Economics Club from the University of California merged to form one to honor academic achievement in business. In 1919 Beta Gamma Sigma was pronounced as the only scholastic honor society recognized by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and in 1921 Beta Gamma Sigma amended its constitution to restrict the installation of new chapters to collegiate schools of business which are accredited members of AACSB International.
A member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) Beta Gamma Sigma has inducted more than 500,000 students since its initiation.