About Beta Gamma Sigma

BGS NZ Alumni is the local chapter of the BGS International Honour Society serving business programmes accredited by AACSB International

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business programme accredited by AACSB International.

Currently, only students gaining business qualifications from the University of Auckland and AUT can become BGS members through the associated AACSB accreditation. In New Zealand, there are approximately 2000 graduates who are members of the BGS NZ Alumni Chapter.

Beta Gamma Sigma is The International Business Honour Society. Since 1913, we have recognised and honoured top-performing students from around the world in business schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Inducted at the time of graduation, BGS members go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, non-profit, and academic sectors.


Our members are the top 10% of undergraduate students, top 20% of graduate students, and all doctoral candidates that have successfully defended their dissertation at an AACSB accredited business school. AACSB accredits just 5% of schools worldwide assuring that BGS members belong to an organisation synonymous with the highest standards of academic excellence.


You can find BGS all over the world. With more than 600 collegiate chapters and lifetime members from over 190 countries, you will find that Beta Gamma Sigma is truly a global network.

For those who want to remain active in the BGS community, you can join one of our 32 alumni chapters or 19 networking groups in cities all over the world. Meet with dedicated members, network, and share with one another.


BGS members want more than just a line on a resume. Their academic achievements helped them get here, but they know they’re just getting started. As you begin the transition into your professional career, imagine the edge you’ll gain from having access to a global network of BGS members, programmes designed to give you an advantage in today’s job market, and benefits & services you can use throughout your academic and professional careers. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma starts with recognition as the "best in business" but delivers value for life.

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Our Mission

The Mission of the International Honour Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honour 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 four objectives:

Encourage and honour 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: honour and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, earnestness, and service.
Connect Beta Gamma Sigma student and alumni members to each other and to opportunities in their professional lives.

Who is eligible to join BGS

Your university (either UoA or AUT) will extend an invitation to eligible BGS members. Please note that some business schools have more restrictive criteria for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Check with your campus’ Chapter Adviser for additional information.

Invites are sent to:

Undergraduates from UoA or AUT who have successfully completed their business degree and are in the top 10% of their class.
Top 20% of master’s students after completing their programme.
Doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation.
Transfer students who meet the above criteria and have completed one full year of coursework at their chapter’s university.

The Induction Process

Study at an AACSB accredited university

Meet the required GPA for membership

Upon graduation, your AACSB accredited university will send out an invitation to join BGS

Accept invite and pay the one-off lifetime membership fee to BGS International

What Does BGS Have to Offer?

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