Identifying Those Eligible for Membership

Eligibility Rules

The following discussion of eligibility for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is based on relevant sections of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Board of Governors Policy Manual and appropriate segments from Minutes of the Executive Committee. It represents guidelines as used by the Central Office.

A. “Students of Business Administration” defined:

If a student is enrolled in a program accepted by AACSB International, as a basis for accreditation, then he or she is eligible for consideration for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

B. Baccalaureate Student Membership

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees whose academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted subject to the following paragraphs of this section.

Paragraph 1. Students in the next to last year of study (or its equivalent in course work) ranked among the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted in the last term or semester (or its equivalent in course work) of that year.

Paragraph 2. Students in their final year who were not previously inducted may be inducted at any time during their final year (or its equivalent in course work) if their academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class.


C. Graduate Students Membership

Candidates for masters degrees whose academic rank is in the upper 20 percent of their masters class may be inducted following completion of at least 50 percent of their degree program.

The undergraduate scholastic record is not to be considered for masters candidates. However, “Those masters students who have been previously inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma membership as undergraduates and who rank in the upper 20 percent of those receiving the masters degree, must be included in the 20 percent limitation.

If two or more masters students have identical academic records, they may both be inducted, even though this may bring the membership beyond the 20 percent limit.

D. Eligible for Membership and Has Previously Been Invited

If a student again qualifies for membership and has not yet accepted a previous invitation, the student should continue to be invited and informed as to the value of lifetime membership.

E. Eligible Students from Non-Traditional/Distance Programs

Chapters should invite all students who are eligible for membership, including those in distance learning, off- campus programs, executive MBA, etc. If you have questions regarding other eligible students, please contact the Central Office.

F. Part-Time Students

Part-time students at the junior, senior, or master’s level should be invited to join, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements at their particular class level.

G. Election of Transfer Students

Transfer students who meet the qualifications for membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of one full year of full-time work (or its equivalent in course work) in the business unit in which the chapter is located, provided their overall record, in the judgment of the collegiate chapter, is of Beta Gamma Sigma caliber.

The Executive Committee has interpreted the preceding requirements as follows:

  • The year’s work at the degree-granting institution must be of BGS caliber.
  • In addition, a transfer student’s record at the previous school - if available - must be reviewed and, in the chapter’s judgment, must be equivalent to those baccalaureate students ranking in the top 10 percent of their class.

H. Maximum Number Eligible in Each Class

All members who were previously inducted as undergraduate students, who now rank in the upper 10 percent of their class, must be included in the 10 percent limitation.

If two or more students have identical academic records, they may both be inducted, even though this may bring the membership beyond the 10 percent limit.

I. Administrative, Teaching and Research Staff

A member of the teaching or research staff of the business unit may be inducted to active membership if he or she holds an earned doctorate from the business unit of an AACSB International accredited institution or if he or she has attained tenure. For those institutions or those teaching or research staff where tenure is not applicable, invitation to membership may be extended after the individual has completed six years of such work at the business unit where the chapter is located. Teaching or research staff may be inducted without restriction as to number.

Members of the direct line of academic administration in the university, including the dean, the chief academic officer (vice president, vice chancellor, or provost), and the chief executive officer (president or chancellor) may be inducted without regard to the foregoing limitations.

Teaching and research staff of economics departments, when such departments provide the principal instruction in economics for students in a business program, may be regarded as eligible for membership into Beta Gamma Sigma. When departments of economics do not provide the principal instruction in economics for students in a business unit, the teaching and research staff of such a department shall not be regarded as eligible for faculty membership.
  • Members of the administrative, teaching or research staff of the business unit are eligible for membership without regard to the discipline represented.
  • Non-tenured faculty who became Beta Gamma Sigma members at a previous institution, whether as a student or faculty member, shall enjoy all rights and privileges of membership at the current chapter while membership officially is recorded at the chapter where inducted.
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