The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) inducted its first MSUM members last year, and will induct about 20 more students this month. The business students invited into BGS are recognized as the School of Business’ most outstanding scholars.
Students invited into the Society must be in the top 10 percent of all juniors with 75 credits, or in the top 10 percent of the senior class. BGS is the business school equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa for liberal arts majors.
Every semester the top MSUM business students will be invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma. BGS is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate program. The honor society is only available to students in business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As of Dec. 2011, only 643 institutions held this accreditation.
With the AACSB accreditation in 2010, the School of Business was permitted to open its BGS chapter.
“Having Beta Gamma Sigma at MSUM reflects the quality of the School of Business accreditation,” professor Jerry Kuperman, advisor for BGS Honor Society, said.
Students invited into BGS are lifetime members, and can take advantage of social networking, a career central site with exclusive job listings, discounts for all major graduate test preparation centers, and discounts with several retailers, such as 50 percent off at Men’s Warehouse, and more.
Membership in BGS transcends campus boundaries and provides members with networking opportunities within a select group that includes more than 580,000 top business achievers worldwide. There are chapters that meet in 18 major metropolitan areas throughout the country. There are also online networking benefits.
Kuperman emphasizes the social networking benefits available to graduates through Facebook and LinkedIn. “They are forever connected to an elite group of peers.”
The MSUM BGS chapter was recognized by its national organization as a premier chapter for 2010-2011. This designation signifies that the chapter achieved at least an 85 percent membership acceptance rate during that academic year.
“Students responded favorably to BGS in its inaugural year,” Kuperman said. “Out of the 28 invites, 24 students accepted.”
The 2011-2012 induction ceremony will be held in April.