About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.


The purpose of Beta Alpha Psi is to:

  • recognize outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting, finance, and information systems;
  • promote the study and practice of professional fields related to these disciplines;
  • provide opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing financial professionals;
  • encourage a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibilities


Beta Alpha Psi will shape the financial and business information professions by developing members into ethical, professional, and confident leaders.


The mission of Beta Alpha Psi, the premier international honor and service organization for financial and business information students and professionals, is to inspire and support excellence by:

  • encouraging the study and practice of accountancy, finance, and information systems;
  • providing opportunities for service, professional development, and interaction among members and financial professionals; and
  • fostering lifelong ethical, social, and public responsibilities.


Beta Alpha Psi is governed by a constitution and bylaws.

The governing body is the Board of Directors.


Beta Alpha Psi gains a portion of its annual budget from a charter maintenance fee and a one-time initiation fee.

Although there are other minor revenues from royalties and interest on investments, the bulk of the receipts come from contributions from industry, consulting and professional service firms.


The emblem of Beta Alpha Psi denotes the promise of careers for financial information professionals. The rising sun signifies these professional positions as rising ever higher among economic activities. The crossed keys symbolize knowledge as a means of opening the doors of the financial world. The letters Beta, Alpha, and Psi denote scholarship, social responsibility, and practicality, respectively. 

Did you know?

11 members were initiated into the first BAP chapter.

First African-American member, William L. Camfield, initiated.

First female member, Jeannine Skelton (McKee) initiated.

Initiation fee was $7.50.

  • 2017 Beta Alpha Psi Western Regional Meeting 2/10-11 {2017}
  • 2017 Beta Alpha Psi Southwest Regional Meeting 2/24-25 {2017}
  • 2017 Beta Alpha Psi Southeast Regional Meeting 2/24-25 {2017}

What should you do if you don't see your school on our active chapters list?

Find out what it takes to start your own chapter. Review our Petitioning Process and let us know how we can help you along the way.


Beta Alpha Psi had a great 2016! Flip through our Annual Report to see a recap of the highlights - competitions, meetings and award winners.