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About BGS


The mission of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the society, and to serve its lifelong members.


The mission is supported by the five objectives of the society. These include:

  1. Encourage and honor high academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in business programs accredited by AACSB International.
  2. Foster in Beta Gamma Sigma members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the society: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.
  3. Support the advancement of business thought and practice to encourage lifelong learning.
  4. Enhance the value of Beta Gamma Sigma for students and alumni members in their professional lives.
  5. Advance the visibility and reputation 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 proposed to name Beta Gamma Sigma. The purpose of the society was to encourage and reward scholarship and achievement in the field of business studies among commerce students at the university. During the same time period, students at the University of Illinois and the University of California recognized the need for such an organization on their own campuses and respectively organized Kappa Delta Chi and the Economics Club. In 1913, having become aware of their coexistence and common purpose, representatives of the three societies met in Madison, Wisconsin to consummate a merger which made Beta Gamma Sigma into a national organization.
Today, Beta Gamma Sigma is an international organization with 500 collegiate chapters in all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries, 29 alumni chapters, and well over 750,000 members living around the world.

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