Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world).

Members are first inducted as students, and they often go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, non-profit, and academic sectors.

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. BGS members are recognized as the “best in business.”

Beta Gamma Sigma Website

AACSB International Website

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About Beta Gamma Sigma

The Mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members. The Society's mission is supported by the following objectives:

  • Encourage and honor academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in business programs accredited by AACSB International.
  • Develop Beta Gamma Sigma members as student and professional leaders, and celebrate continuing leadership and excellence.
  • Foster in Beta Gamma Sigma members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the Society: honor and integrity, the pursuit of wisdom, earnestness, and service.
  • Connect Beta Gamma Sigma student and alumni members to each other and to opportunities in their professional lives.

Beta Gamma Sigma is founded on a set of three principles. Each principle is represented by a Greek word. These words coincide with the initials of the Society.

  • Beta is the initial letter of the word BEBAEOS (Beb-i-os), which signifies honor.
  • Gamma is the initial letter of the word GNOSIS (no-sis), which means wisdom.
  • Sigma is the initial letter of the word SPOUDE (spoo-day), which means earnestness.

Members of Beta Gamma Sigma endorse and strive to uphold these principles as their own.

Eligible students/faculty will receive an invitation from the Seidman College of Business Dean’s Office in the winter semester. This invitation will include the necessary instructions for becoming a lifelong BGS member.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma provides valuable educational and professional benefits for members on campus and throughout their professional lives. Some of the Beta Gamma Sigma membership benefits include:

  • A notable distinction that appears on your Grand Valley State University Transcript.
  • A membership certificate, pin and honor cord you can wear over your gown if you choose to participate in the Graduation Celebration on April 27, 2024, at the Van Andel Arena.
  • BGS Career Central – a “go-to” hub of exclusive career-related events, articles, videos, expert interviews and more.
  • ConnectBGS – a private forum-style online networking community where members from around the world can get advice, share experiences, make business connections, and support each other – anytime, anywhere.
  • For those planning to continue their education – some of the top business schools in the world offer BGS members exclusive scholarships, GRE and GMAT waivers and other unique advantages to help you through the stress of applying for postgraduate degrees.
  • Discounts on products and services you’ll always be using – including technology from Dell and Lenovo, plus travel, professional attire and more.


Contact Us

Professor Asli Akbulut
Beta Gamma Sigma advisor
[email protected]
(616) 331-7302

Lori Christopher
Office Coordinator, Dean's Office
[email protected]
(616) 331-7100

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Page last modified February 8, 2024