Beta Alpha Psi is an international honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems; providing opportunities for self development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.
Membership in Beta Alpha Psi includes those persons of good moral character who have achieved scholastic and/or professional excellence in the fields of accounting, finance, or information systems, who have been initiated by an existing chapter and who remain in good standing.
Beta Alpha Psi includes persons of good moral character who have achieved scholastic and/or professional excellence in the field of accounting and who remain in good standing.
To be eligible for membership, students must:
- Have an overall GPA of 3.0;
- Have an accounting GPA of 3.0 consisting of at least one 3000 or higher accounting course; and
- Submit a copy of their university transcript to Dr. Brian Hasson along with an initiation fee.
Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919. In 1978, the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at Appalachian State University was chartered and became the 125th chapter of the fraternity. From 1993-1994, the chapter's advisor, Dr. Eugene Butts, also served as the national president of Beta Alpha Psi. The current chapter advisor is Dr. Brian Hasson.
In 2011, there were over 289 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.
Insignia: The letters Beta, Alpha, and Psi denote scholarship, responsibility, and practicality. The emblem of the Fraternity denotes the promise of the accounting profession. The rising sun signifies the profession as one rising ever higher among economic activities. The crossed keys symbolize knowledge of accounting as a means of opening doors to the financial world.