How to Become a Member

Becoming a Beta Alpha Psi member is highly recommended if you are an accounting, Finance or BIS major! Each week, we invite professionals to speak about various topics relating to the financial services fields and your career. Attending these meetings can give you the opportunity to learn about the different career paths, as well as familiarize yourself with firms that recruit directly from OSU. Come eat some food, listen to professionals, and build your network!

The Epsilon Chapter has four membership levels:

  1. Affiliate Members: This is specifically for Freshmen and Sophomores who have yet to apply or be accepted into Pro-School. This level of membership allows underclassmen the opportunity to experience membership in a well organized professional honor society.
  2. Candidates: Pathway to becoming a full Beta Alpha Psi Member for those who have applied or been accepted in Pro-School.
  3. Members: Members have served as candidates and have been initiated as full members. Initiated members have voting rights.
  4. Distinguished Members: Have met the hour requirements to become Distinguished Members and earned the right to wear Beta Alpha Psi honor cords upon graduation.

Click here to apply for BAP membership!

Benefits of serving as an affiliate member:

(In addition to the benefits listed under “serving as a candidate”)

  1. Gain exposure to upperclassmen, professors and professionals.
  2. Have the opportunity to interact with those who can mentor you and help you in your academic and professional pursuits.
  3. Have the ability to serve in non-officer leadership roles within the club.

Note: Only initiated members have voting rights.

Affiliate Membership Requirements:

  • Intended major: Accounting, Finance, or BIS.
  • Have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Benefits of serving as a candidate:

  1. Get to attend all BAP sponsored events
  2. Gain opportunities to build and strengthen your resume through service and professional development activities. This adds value to potential employers
  3. Foster relationships with upperclassmen, faculty and professionals to grow your network and understanding of the field and the academic requirements as well as career paths available.
  4. Gain a better understanding of what the fields of Accountancy, Finance and Business Information Systems have to offer.
  5. Gain an understanding of what Beta Alpha Psi -Epsilon Chapter has to offer which makes becoming an officer easier when you are eligible.

Membership Requirements

Undergraduate Students

These students will be eligible for initiation as a member after they meet the following requirements.

Graduate Students

These students will be eligible for initiation as a member after they meet the following requirements.

  • Have been accepted into Pro-School with a declared focus in Accounting, Finance, or BIS.
  • Have completed, or are currently enrolled in an upper-level major-specific class (ACTG 317, FIN 340, etc).
  • Have attained a cumulative GPA in upper level courses, in their declared area of concentration, beyond the business core of at least 3.0; and one of the following:
    • Cumulative of 3.0 or above,
    • Rank within the top 35% of their class,
    • Have at least a 3.25 GPA on the most recent 45 credits completed.
  • Are majoring or concentrating in Accounting, Finance, or BIS
  • Have matriculated into a graduate degree program

Step One: Serve as a Candidate

Candidacy usually lasts about 2 terms:

  • Attend the weekly meetings. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 6pm, in Austin Hall 274.
  • Tutor at least one hour per week. (Coordinate times with the VP of Service)
  • Participate in at least one Beta Alpha Psi community service event.
  • Complete the 40 hour requirement. More information explaining what events count towards your total, can be found here.


Step Two: Membership

To be initiated as a member, you must have served as a candidate and meet the requirements in the table above.

Note: Candidates must complete the membership requirements within the same academic year in which the student applies for membership (Typically Junior year or when the candidate applies or has been accepted into Pro-School).


Step Three: Maintaining Membership

  • Maintain the membership grade requirements as listed in the table at the top of the page.
  • Complete the 20 hour requirement for returning members, found here.

Distinguished Members:

  • The hour requirements can be found here.
  • Becoming a Distinguished member allows the member to wear BAP chords upon graduation.


If you have any questions about meeting these requirements or how you can complete your 40-hour minimum requirement, please contact Club President, Aaron Hiddleson ( or any of the other officers.

Apply here.