Beta Alpha Psi

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Overview

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an International honor organization for financial information students. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses throughout the world with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation in 1919.

Beta Chi Chapter

Beta Alpha Psi’s Beta Chi Chapter at San Francisco State University has existed continuously since 1964. It has been recognized as a Superior Chapter annually for approximately 25 years for its outstanding efforts in leadership, academic excellence, professional development and commitment to ethics. While strictly a student organization, professionals and academics have the opportunity to be honorary members if initiated by a student chapter

The SFSU Beta Alpha Psi VITA program is one of the largest volunteer programs at San Francisco State and one of the largest VITA sites in the United States, with the assistance of approximately 100 IRS-certified student volunteers every tax season. Each year, VITA provides volunteers with IRS-certified training sessions, where students learn about the tax practice and engage themselves in real-world tax preparation.

Eligibility Criteria

Meeting the following eligibility requirements does not guarantee membership in BAP. All students are evaluated on an individual basis.

Undergraduate students who meet the following criteria are eligible to join Beta Alpha Psi:

  • Declared major or concentration in accounting, finance, information systems, or decision sciences
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Have at least two semesters left to complete at SFSU (fall and spring terms only)
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one upper division course within declared concentration, beyond the business core courses, with a grade of B or better*

* Undergraduate students may be admitted as affiliate members prior to completing an upper division course, after which they will have the opportunity to advance to candidacy.

Student-run Programs

Meet the Firms

Meet the Firms invites representatives from notable financial information organizations in the public, private, and government sectors to discuss career opportunities one-on-one with students and recent alumni of the accounting, finance, information systems, and decision sciences disciplines. Lam Family College of Business students are invited to distribute their resume, meet recruiters, learn about job openings, including internships and leadership programs, and make professional connections at this event, which is held in both fall and spring semesters.

Volunteers in Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA is a national IRS program that provides free tax return preparation to individuals who are low-income, elderly, disabled, or have limited English proficiency. VITA’s mission is to provide assistance to individuals who cannot afford the services of a paid professional tax preparer. VITA also prepares tax returns for international students with either F-1 or J-1 visas.

The SFSU VITA program is one of the largest volunteer programs at San Francisco State and one of the largest VITA sites in the United States, with the assistance of approximately 100 IRS-certified student volunteers every tax season. Each year, VITA provides volunteers with IRS-certified training sessions, where students learn about the tax practice and engage themselves in real-world tax preparation.

Contact

To learn more about Beta Alpha Psi, including membership benefits and its student-run programs, please visit the Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Chi chapter website.

Executive Graduate Honor

Effective January 1, 2021, Bela Alpha Psi International has established the Executive Graduate Honor (EGH) to meet the career pursuits and professional development needs of graduate students. EGH recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of graduate students in accounting, finance, business analytics, and digital technology.

The Executive Graduate Honor is selectively offered to qualifying graduate students by invitation only. While separate from the SFSU Beta Chi Chapter, EGH members will be included in all chapter correspondence and will be welcome to join any events sponsored by the Chapter.

SF State graduate students in accounting, finance, and business analytics must meet the following criteria to qualify for an invitation to apply for the EGH:

  • Completed at least 15 credits of course work
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5

If a graduate business student meets the above requirements, the student will be sent an invitation by email from our Graduate Business Programs department to apply online for the EGH directly to the BAP Executive Office.

For more information about the Executive Graduate Honor, visit the Beta Alpha Psi website.