Beta Gamma Sigma

The Mission of Beta Gamma Sigma

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.

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 the university. 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).

Beta Gamma Sigma is currently the most selective management honor society in the world, with membership granted only to the top 10% of graduating seniors and the top 10% of second-semester juniors in AACSB-accredited institutions.