Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is The International Business Honor Society. Since 1913 BGS has recognized and honored top performing students from around the world in business schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma means benefits at each stage of your career—in college, looking for that first job, promotions along the way, and upper management. If you've earned the invitation to lifetime membership in the society, you've earned a helping hand throughout your career!
The Value of Membership
Lifetime membership is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate or doctoral program in business at a school accredited by AACSB International.
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.
There are numerous great reasons for students to accept the invitation to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the world's first truly global honor society in business, and membership is increasingly recognized as a mark of academic excellence wherever you are. It is truly a great honor to be recognized among "the best in business."
Graduate schools are actively recruiting BGS members
For qualifying students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in business, MBA programs are increasingly seeking the “BGS” credential for their applicants. Graduate program directors and admissions personnel are recognizing the value of recruiting “the best in business” so be sure your potential members know. MBA (and other graduate) programs are looking for them and working with Beta Gamma Sigma to get the word out.
Career Enhancement through BGS CareerCentral
Beta Gamma Sigma membership offers a "step up" with many employers who recognize the importance of honor society membership. In addition, Beta Gamma Sigma offers its members exclusive use of the BGS CareerCentral Job Board. Here members can connect with employers wishing to hire only the best students of business. Be sure to encourage your newest members to post their resumes on BGS CareerCentral and look through the posted jobs for excellent career opportunities.
Member benefits entitle members to receive one-year subscriptions of BusinessWeek, Fortune and The Week magazines: All new members of Beta Gamma Sigma—students, faculty, etc.—are eligible to receive the BusinessWeek subscription, which provides all new members a one-year subscription in either the print or digital format. For those with a U.S. mailing address, Fortune and The Week offer a similar one-year print subscription. To get all the details, visit the BGS Member Benefits Page.
Online Networking Connections with the "Best in Business"
Those who choose to join Beta Gamma Sigma, choose to join a very select group. Members of Beta Gamma Sigma have a proven record of academic and professional excellence, and are a great resource for new members to tap into. To facilitate these connections online, the BGS Central Office has established groups on two of the internet's largest and most recognized networking sites—Facebook and LinkedIn. These groups are exclusive to Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime members and create a conduit for networking and discussion with other individuals who share the unique distinction of being the "Best in Business."
In addition to BusinessWeek, Fortune and The Week, there are other valuable member benefits available only to student members. These include the Global Leadership Summit and BGS Scholarship Program.
Affiliate Discount Programs
Beta Gamma Sigma has assembled an impressive list of member benefit and discount programs, including discounts at The Princeton Review, Kaplan CPA Review and Test Prep, and Becker Test Prep. To see the entire list of BGS member benefits, visit the Member Benefits.
Membership to Beta Gamma Sigma is by Invitation Only
Each September and January, eligible graduate business students (MBA, MSBA, MBA for Executives), and eligible seniors are invited to become members. Once a year in late January, outstanding advanced junior-level students are invited to join.
You should set as your goal becoming a member 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.
Advanced Master students with:
- 3.75 G.P.A. or above
- 21 credits earned and recorded at SF State University
- completed seven 800-level courses
Advanced Senior students with:
- 3.50 G.P.A. or above
- at least 105 credits earned and recorded at SF State University
Advanced-level juniors are also invited to become members in January:
- 3.65 G.P.A. or above
- 75-89 credits earned and recorded at SF State University
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 Lam Family College of Business, provided their overall record, in the judgment of the collegiate chapter, is of Beta Gamma Sigma caliber.
Connect with Beta Gamma Sigma Online
As a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, you are part of a global network of business leaders and high achievers.
Are you part of the BGS LinkedIn Group? If not, click here to join. Once you are verified as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, you will be free to start networking with other members.
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BGS, Mu Chapter
BGS San Francisco Area Alumni Chapter
As a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International, you are able to join the San Francisco Area Alumni Chapter. There is a nominal annual fee; please visit their LinkedIn page for more details.
- Beta Gamma Sigma SF Area Alumni Chapter LinkedIn group
- SF Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship Program
- Dual BGS-SF Alumni Chapter & SF Chamber of Commerce Membership
Jeff Chun, BGS Coordinator,
Lam Family College of Business Dean's Suite BUS 326
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132