Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.
History of Beta Gamma Sigma
In the spring of 1907, a group of commerce students at the University of Wisconsin received permission from the faculty to organize a commerce honor society, which they called Beta Gamma Sigma. The purpose of the Society was to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment in the field of business studies among commerce students. At about the same time, students at the University of Illinois and the University of California felt the need for such an organization on their campuses and respectively organized Delta Kappa Chi (1910) and The Economics Club (1906). In 1913, having become aware of their coexistence and common purpose, representatives of the three societies met at Madison, Wisconsin, to consummate a merger which made Beta Gamma Sigma into a national organization.
Action was initiated in 1919 to establish Beta Gamma Sigma as the only scholastic honor society recognized by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This organization, which was renamed AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, includes in its membership collegiate schools of business that meet high standards of eligibility required of accredited member institutions with respect to curricula, teaching staff, teaching loads, library and laboratory facilities. Beta Gamma Sigma amended its constitution in 1921 to restrict the installation of new chapters to collegiate schools of business which are accredited members of AACSB International.
In 1989 the first chapter outside the United States was created and in 2009 the first chapter in the GCC region was founded in the University of Dubai.
- Who Can Join?
Membership is by merit and invitation. Students in the College of Business Administration who satisfy the following requirements are eligible:
- 3rd year, 2nd semester students in the top 10% class
- 4th year students in the top 10% of the class
- How Can I Join?
- An invitation packet will be sent to eligible students at the start of every semester;
- Fill out the application form and send back to the Student and Alumni Affairs Office
- Attend the Orientation Day (date and time to be confirmed at the start of each semester)
- Pay the lifetime membership fee of AED 250 at the Accounting Office
- Lifelong Recognition
- Scholarship Program
- Career Assistance
- International Alumni Network
- International Leadership Forums
- Discounted Offers for Travel, Publications and Review Courses (CFA, CPA, GMAT, SAT etc.)
- Discounted Rates for Car, Home , Technology Accessories, Apparel and many more
For more information about BGS you can visit their website at www.betagammasigma.org
- Photo Competition
The UD chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) won in the Centennial Photo Competition as the “Most Creative Photo Celebrating the BGS Centennial.” The contest is a worldwide photo competition launched by BGS to commemorate its 100 years. Congratulations go to all members who participated and enjoyed the photo shoots made for 2 days in various parts of Dubai highlighting its unique culture. This is indeed a once in a lifetime experience as the next competition will be after another 100 years!
- Reaching Out to our brothers and sisters – "Visit to Senses Home"
Last February 2nd, BGS members visited Senses Home, a place to care and educate special needs children. Senses was chosen as an outreach activity to make BGS members aware of how lucky they are to be gifted intellectually and how they can use this gift by sharing their time to play, bond and educate children with special needs. A small program of games and educational activities (coloring, shape cutting and story- telling) were made with light snacks and refreshments provided by UD.
- Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Celebrates 100 Years of Success
The UD Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) celebrated the society’s 100 years last February 19th with the senior members leading the cake cutting and presentation highlighting the local chapter’s activities for the current semester. The get together was not only attended by members but also by students both curious and interested to be a part of BGS.