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Prospective Members

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Membership Requirements and Invitation

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest scholastic recognition a student can receive in an undergraduate or master's program in business or management. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the upper 10 percent of advanced sophomores, juniors, or seniors, or upper 20 percent of master's students based on their Texas State GPA. Additionally, prospective undergraduates must have completed at least 15 hours at Texas State, 12 hours of which must be classes in the McCoy College of Business Administration.  Graduate students must have completed at least 40 percent of graduate coursework required for the program in which they are enrolled.

The Beta Gamma Sigma tapping ceremony is held twice a year during one full class week. This unique invitation to membership generates awareness about Beta Gamma Sigma within the student body at large.


Tapping Ceremony

Student Tapped in Class
McCoy College student is "tapped" during class

The Beta Gamma Sigma tapping ceremony is held each long semester. In full academic regalia, faculty members visit classrooms and publicly invite eligible students to join Beta Gamma Sigma. These notable students are recognized by both their peers and professors as they are handed a formal packet describing the benefits and privileges of being a Beta Gamma Sigma member.

Dr. Kay Nicols, former Texas State BGS faculty advisor pictured left, is shown extending a membership invitation to eligible students during the tapping ceremony. Students who accept the invitation to membership are recognized at a formal ceremony and reception in the semester they join.

Financial Assistance for Invited Students

Financial assistance is available on a first come, first served basis for a limited number of students that are invited but cannot afford the membership fee at this time. To apply for assistance, please fill out this form.

In the spirit of lending a helping hand, we encourage students that receive this benefit to pay it forward  through a contribution to Beta Gamma Sigma after they are established in their career to help future members in a similar situation.