Organizations for Accounting Students
Western Kentucky University is home to the Eta Omicron Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Beta Alpha Psi is the nationally recognized honorary fraternity of the accounting profession. To qualify for membership, a junior accounting student must maintain a 3.00 grade point average in all upper level accounting courses. In addition, an overall 3.00 grade point average is required.
Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma was the first national honor society in business. Today, it is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International. Currently, more than 480,000 individuals have accepted membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.
The Department of Accounting at Western Kentucky University encourages active participation with other local organizations. The Barren River Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) normally sponsors a student event each semester.
Student membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is strongly encouraged. Membership fees are extremely reasonable. Dr. Mark Ross serves as a campus champion for this organization.
The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business through the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is open to all Accounting and Finance majors. IMA encourages students to learn about the roles of accountants and financial managers in business while exposing them to some of their career options. Membership is renewed annually to the Nashville Regional Chapter. For more information on how to join, please contact Dr. Allen Hunt or Kristine Barron.