Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international honor society recognizing business excellence.  Membership is by invitation only, signifying the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive.  BGS members are the "best in business!"

Mission of the Society

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.

Lifelong Recognition

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate program accredited by AACSB International -- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Eligibility for membership is by invitation only.  An invitation to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor, placing students in a very select group.  BGS members are the "best in business."


Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization in 1913.  The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in the study of business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, and the University of California.

Beta Gamma Sigma is not a fraternity, sorority or student club.  It is an organization that recognizes academic excellence in business studies.  For nearly a century, Beta Gamma Sigma has extended invitations exclusively to the "best in business."  The Epsilon Chapter, in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University Park, was established in 1957.

What Does This Mean for You?

By accepting your invitation, you join an impressive group of academic and business leaders dedicated to excellence, integrity and lifelong learning.

  • Lifelong Recognition: Beta Gamma Sigma membership provides recognition for a lifetime.  As the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can earn, it is always appropriate to include BGS membership on one's resume.
  • CareerCentral: The BGS Career Resource Center includes job postings from employers wishing to hire the "best in business," expert advice on careers, resumes, interviewing, networking and much more.
  • The BGS Alumni Network has chapters in major metropolitan areas allowing members to realize the benefits of membership throughout their lifetime.  Programs and activities provide professional networking and development opportunities.
  • BGS Scholarship Program: Through the Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship Program the Society has helped more than 1,400 outstanding business students reach their educational and professional goals.

Learn more about Beta Gamma Sigma and the benefits of membership.

Epsilon Chapter Contacts:

Chris Muscarella, BGS Faculty Adviser, Professor of Finance:

John Spychalski, BGS Faculty President, Professor Emeritus of Supply Chain Management:

Cindi Satterfield,  BGS Administrative