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Beta Gamma Sigma

The International Business Honor Society

Application deadlines are in March/April of each year.


Beta Gamma Sigma logo

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting organization for business schools in the world. Of the 1,400 U.S. institutions with degree programs in business, fewer than 350 are accredited by AACSB and have chapters of Beta Gamma Sigma. While almost 300,000 students receive baccalaureate or master's degrees in business each year, only about 16,000 students are elected to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those being considered must place them:

  • in the upper 10 percent of the junior class;
  • upper 10 percent of the senior class;
  • upper 20 percent of the graduating master's class.

Mission of the Society

The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business.


Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization in 1913. The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California. Beta Gamma Sigma enters the 21st century knowing that its membership of 480,000 comprises the brightest and best of business leaders.

Selection Process

Membership in the Pace University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation only. The selection process takes place in February. Candidates for membership are notified in early March. There is a one-time induction fee of $85, which includes:

  • A personalized Beta Gamma Sigma membership certificate and lapel pin;
  • An invitation to attend the formal induction to honor new Beta Gamma Sigma members at the annual Lubin Awards Ceremony, with reception to follow;
  • Recognition of your induction with a Beta Gamma Sigma honor cord, which may be worn as part of your academic regalia at the Pace University Commencement exercises.
  • Lifetime educational and career benefits and networking opportunities, described on the society's Web site - see below.

Additionally, the Society publishes the BGS News, which is distributed to 275,000 members twice annually. Members can also get up-to-date information on Beta Gamma Sigma activities through BetaNet. The Web site and newsletter keep members informed of the Society's membership through articles addressing current business topics.

Chapter Contacts

For more information, contact Lubin Undergraduate Advisement on your campus:

New York City
Phone: (212) 618-6550

Phone: (914) 773-3531