Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Beta Gamma Sigma a fraternity?
A: No. Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society that recognizes the most outstanding students of business at institutions accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Q: How do I become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: Students are chosen to be recognized at business schools accredited by AACSB International after having met certain academic criteria. General membership eligibility criteria is as follows:
- Undergraduate level – top 10%
- Graduate level – top 20%
- Doctoral level – after all program requirements have been met
Please note: Some chapters have more restrictive criteria for membership.
To see if your school has a currently established chapter please visit our List of Chapters page. And for your school's Chapter Advisor contact information please contact us at the BGS Global Headquarters.
Q: Why does Beta Gamma Sigma have a membership fee if membership is considered an honor?
A: A one-time $75 lifetime membership fee is paid when a student accepts the invitation to join BGS. Please be aware that to cover additional expenses a Chapter may charge more than the $75 fee BGS asks for. BGS does not charge any additional annual dues or fees. This one-time fee covers membership materials like certificates, lapel pins and the new member guide. More importantly, it funds the programs, network and member benefits that are available to you for life. No other honor society offers the comprehensive support that Beta Gamma Sigma gives you in all stages of your life and career.
Q: How can Beta Gamma Sigma help me in my career?
A: List your membership on your resume, LinkedIn profile, social media, and career sites to indicate to potential employers your outstanding academic achievement and your commitment to business excellence. Programs like the Global Leadership Summit, Ethical Leadership Certification Program, and Master Class Series for alumni members add even more value to your resume. The Alumni Network is the key to getting this impressive resume into the right hands. Beta Gamma Sigma boasts a vast global network of over 30 formal alumni chapters and over 50 informal networking groups to date. These groups build ongoing opportunities into your BGS membership that can launch your career forward.
Q: How can I get more involved in Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: Beta Gamma Sigma encourages collegiate and alumni members to stay involved in their chapters through leadership and programming. Joining your chapter’s team of Chapter Officers is a great way to develop leadership and bring your talents to your local membership. BGS Gives Back is a service activity encouraged—though not required—by many chapters on a regular basis. BGS also has alumni chapters and networks around the world, which regularly host networking and service opportunities.
ConnectBGS, our dedicated global online community, is a great place to build relationships, discuss business trends, find and share job opportunities, set up mentoring relationships, collaborate and network with likeminded business leaders. For more ways to connect and keep up with BGS, follow us on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Q: How can I update my contact information with Beta Gamma Sigma?
A: We're glad you asked! Please select one of the following:
- Log in to www.betagammasigma.org and click the ‘update my profile’ link. Make sure to save any changes you make on this page. Don’t know your password? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email your contact information to Global Headquarters at email@example.com
- Call the Global Headquarters at: 1-800-337-4677.
- Send updates through the mail to: Beta Gamma Sigma, 11814 Borman Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63146
Q: I think I'm a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. How can I confirm?
A: Check your information (including membership status) by sending an email to the Global Headquarters. Or call us at 1-800-337-4677.
Q: I was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at a previous school. How can I transfer my membership in the Society?
A: BGS membership is transferable between schools, so you will enjoy all the rights and privileges at any school that has a BGS chapter. You may also be recognized a second time, should you meet the eligibility requirements while pursuing an advanced degree. Regardless of when or where you are recognized, BGS membership is for life.
Q: How does a new collegiate or alumni chapter get set up?
A: Prospective collegiate chapters: Schools with AACSB accreditation are eligible for a BGS chapter, and it takes only a few easy steps. Click here for more details on how to get your chapter established. For further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective alumni chapters: The alumni network is one of our biggest assets, and we love expanding it! BGS members interesting in establishing an active alumni presence in their area are encouraged to contact DeAmbra Crochrell or email@example.com. Once you send in your inquiry, we will check on how many members are in your local area and work to assess interest from those members.
Q: How do I explain Beta Gamma Sigma to my friends, or in a job interview?
A: Tell your friends and family that you’re now part of the world’s most prestigious business honor society. Your membership is proof that you are the best of the best, and that Beta Gamma Sigma sees in you the potential to be a leader of the business world.
Add the official BGS key to your resume and talk to your future employers about how Beta Gamma Sigma membership is proof of your aptitude, perseverance, and talent. Consider adding this to your cover letter: “I am a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma. BGS has chapters at only the top 5% of business programs, and only the top performing scholars from those programs are invited.”