University of Washington Bothell
Beta Alpha Psi Membership
Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction and networking among students, faculty and professionals. Our aim is to foster lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct.
- To recognize and promote outstanding academic achievements in the fields of accounting, finance and information systems
- To promote the study and practice of professional fields related to these disciplines
- To provide self-development opportunities and association among members and practicing financial professionals
- To encourage a sense of ethical, social and public responsibilities
- To enhance and complement the collegiate experience
300+ Chapters and Growing!
At every school, a local chapter is made up of student and faculty members. Student officers guide a chapter’s activities and operations, which are all overseen by faculty advisers.
Visit Beta Alpha Psi Online
The website bap.org contains:
- A schedule of meetings
- A list of corporate sponsors and members of the Beta Alpha Psi International Advisory Forum
- Links to chapters and their individual membership requirements
Beta Alpha Psi is recognized and respected by the business community as a premier collegiate organization. The reputation of Beta Alpha Psi can open doors to outstanding career opportunities in the fields of finance, accounting and information systems. Potential employers know that when they see Beta Alpha Psi on a resume, they are getting the best!
Bonding Through Activities and Service
As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you will have ongoing opportunities to participate in campus and community service activities. Service activities include participating in fund raising projects for charity, voluntary tutoring and assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Through numerous chances to make presentations at local high schools and introductory college classes, as well as at annual and regional meetings, Beta Alpha Psi members will develop strong communication skills.
Academic excellence is not only welcomed, it is expected. Beta Alpha Psi requires its members to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
You may even qualify for an exclusive scholarship opportunity. If not, membership significantly enhances your chances of receiving several other types of scholarship awards. That’s because Beta Alpha Psi looks great on any scholarship application because of our outstanding reputation for scholastic achievement.
At many chapters, each Beta Alpha Psi member has a mentor. In the mentor program, Beta Alpha Psi alumni are assigned to new members and pledges, so you can benefit from their experience and advice. Their support can also help you maintain a high level of academic achievement. The Beta Alpha Psi mentor program ensures someone will always be there for you throughout your college career — and beyond.
Enhanced University Experience
Membership in Beta Alpha Psi is a wonderful and rewarding way to meet like-minded people who share many of the same goals and interests that you do.
Members are also able to develop professional friendships and relationships through various networking activities. These include field trips to companies and firms, attending joint meetings with professional organizations, and service activities.
Overall, Beta Alpha Psi is a tremendous way to interact with professionals and future professionals from whom you may later wish to seek employment. It is also a great way to develop strategic contacts and relationships with faculty members who can provide good potential job sources and references.
Eligibility for Membership
Section 1. Degree seeking undergraduate students and non-degree Post-Baccalaureate students at institutions where a chapter is located shall be eligible for election to membership after they:
- have declared a concentration in accounting, finance, or information systems (or have stated an intention to declare a concentration in accounting, finance, or information systems);
- have completed, in addition to two years of collegiate courses, at least one upper level course beyond the business core (for transfer students, the most recent qualifying course must be at the initiating institution or another AACSB or EQUIS accredited institution);
- have attained a cumulative grade average in upper level courses, in their declared area of concentration, beyond the business core of at least 3.0 (where A is equal to 4.0) or the equivalent; and
- have attained at least a cumulative grade average of 3.0, or
- have achieved a rank within the top 35% of their university class, or
- have attained at least a 3.25 cumulative grade average on the most recently completed 30 semester hours;
- Or have attained an honors distinction utilized by their institution deemed to be equivalent to the above by the BAP Board of Directors.
Section 2. Degree seeking graduate students (e.g., MPA, MACC, MBA, MS, PhD, etc.) at institutions where a chapter is located shall be eligible for membership if they are majoring, concentrating, or have a stated interest in accounting, finance, or information systems.
Section 3. Full-time, academically or professionally qualified members of the accounting, finance, or information systems faculty at institutions where a chapter is located are eligible for initiation as Faculty members.
Section 4. Persons exhibiting those qualities that Beta Alpha Psi fosters and who have achieved prominence in the fields of accounting, finance, or information systems or have contributed significantly of their time and talent to Beta Alpha Psi or its local chapters are eligible for election as Honorary members.
Section 5. Local chapters may establish a local chapter Candidate time period and other more restrictive requirements for membership.
Continuing Student Membership
Section 1. Undergraduate student members of Beta Alpha Psi shall remain student members so long as they remain degree seeking undergraduate students. Graduate students and Post-baccalaureate students at the institution where they were members as undergraduates may elect to continue or renew affiliation. Candidates shall remain Candidates until the first semester of association with Beta Alpha Psi after they have completed two years of collegiate courses and at least one upper level course in accounting, finance, or information systems (in their chosen concentration) beyond the business core. At that point they must have satisfied all the requirements for membership and be initiated or be dropped as a Candidate.
Section 2. Student members of Beta Alpha Psi who relocate at another institution, either to complete their undergraduate program or to pursue a graduate degree, may become members of the local chapter provided they: (1) apply for membership and (2) meet all membership requirements for the local chapter. Candidates who relocate to another institution to complete their undergraduate program may become Candidates of the local chapter provided they apply to the local chapter and meet the requirements of the local chapter.