Beta Alpha Psi
Welcome to the Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Marquette University!
You may contact the faculty advisor, Mr. Rich Tobin, with any questions.
What is Beta Alpha Psi?
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; providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.
Why should you join?
Beta Alpha Psi will give you outstanding opportunities to network with potential future employers on a weekly basis. Professional meetings keep you informed of current trends in accounting, will prepare you for the real world after college, and will demonstrate that you are interested in extending your accounting knowledge beyond the classroom. Service events allow you to give back to the community, while networking with accounting professionals. Social events allow you to informally network with peers and accounting professionals, while having a lot of fun!
How do you join?
It takes two semesters of active participation in Beta Alpha Psi to become a member. Prior to earning membership, students are considered candidates for membership.
During that time, students must participate in professional and service activities.
Students must attain high academic standards.
Students must pay a one-time initiation fee and regular dues.
See below for more details on these membership requirements.
Notify the Chapter of your interest in becoming a candidate by submitting the New Candidate Form at: https://marquette.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41MfmSFf7NHEaVf
After initiation into membership, students commit to remaining active members until graduation, by continuing to participate in professional and service activities. The Psi Chapter has a longstanding commitment to excellence with 29 consecutive years of Superior Status. Marquette University is recognized nationally as an outstanding chapter and we hope each member desires to continue the legacy.
To become eligible for initiation as a member, candidates must meet the following participation and academic requirements.
- 14 professional hours per semester for two semesters (so 28 total professional hours). Professional hours include attendance at weekly BAP professional presentations. 50 minutes of actual professional meeting time is equivalent to one BAP professional hour. Candidates may earn 5 professional hours (or 250 minutes) per semester from non-BAP activities. Note: Candidates who are short hours one semester can make up the hours in the other semester.
- 10 service hours per semester for two semesters (so 20 total service hours). Examples of BAP service opportunities are tutoring and proctoring for principles exams, as well as other community service activities throughout the year. Candidates may earn 5 service hours (or 250 minutes) per semester from non-BAP activities. Note: Candidates who are short hours one semester can make up the hours in the other semester.
- There is a $65 non-refundable initiation fee that must be paid to begin the pledging process. The Chapter remits this initiation fee to the National BAP office.
- Chapter dues are $50 per semester ($100 per year), payable at the start of each semester. These dues are non-refundable and must be paid by each member and pledge (candidate).
- Initiation banquet/ceremony attendance is mandatory for pledges who qualify for initiation.
- Students may begin participating once they have sophomore standing (i.e., earned at least 24 college credits). In addition, prior to pledging for candidacy, accounting majors must complete ACCO 3001; finance majors must complete FINA 4001, FINA 4011, or an equivalent upper-level course; information technology majors must complete INSY 4051 or INSY 4052..
- Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.0 in all upper-division accounting courses. For candidates who are double-majors in accounting with finance or information technology, grades in upper-division finance or information technology courses, respectively, will be factored in the QPA as well.
- Satisfy one of the following grade requirements:
- Cumulative QPA of 3.0; or
- Cumulative QPA of 3.25 over the most recent 30 semester hours completed.
NOTE: Faculty advisor verifies grade requirements only after participation requirements are met.