Joining Beta Alpha Psi – Epsilon Alpha provides you with numerous benefits, and membership is highly recommended to any accounting students that are serious about their future career. As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you will receive access to dozens of unique opportunities, including:
Networking opportunities with professionals and recruiters in and around the Portland area
Hands-on professional development opportunities
An immediate peer network of like-minded support for your time at Portland State (and beyond!)
Lifetime membership in Beta Alpha Psi and all of the benefits provided therein
If you are interested in joining BAP, first you must become a candidate and then you must meet the membership initiation requirements:
1. Become a Candidate: In order to become a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you must first become a candidate. In order to become a Candidate, you must meet the following requirements:
Declared (or intention to declare) concentration in accounting, finance, or information systems
Submit a membership application
Complete a group orientation with our membership team
Pay Chapter Dues
2. Complete Initiation Requirements: You must fulfill all of the following initiation requirements within 2 consecutive terms after you become a candidate:
I. Upper level Accounting GPA of 3.0 or above AND Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
Note: Your Accounting GPA on your DARS report does not reflect your upper level accounting GPA. Your upper level accounting GPA should only include 300+ level accounting classes. Please take this into consideration when determining if you meet this requirement.
II. Completion of ONE of the following courses: ACTG 335, ACTG 360, ACTG 381, FIN 319, or FIN 352
III. Completion of 12 Professional and 12 Service Hours:
12 Professional Hours: Earned by participation in BAP sponsored meetings, events, workshops, networking opportunities, and/or career development. Examples include: Weekly Meetings, the Spring Networking Social, Meet the Firms, resume critiques & mock interviews, recruiting workshops, etc.
12 Service Hours: Earned by participation in BAP sponsored volunteer activities and events benefiting the greater community. Examples include: volunteering and holding leadership positions within BAP, AARP Tax-Aide/CASH Oregon program, participating in a BAP case competition, hosting chapter events, etc. Special volunteer events will change regularly and be announced in advance.
Note: These hours represent totals over the course of your two-terms as a candidate, and can be accumulated from the moment you join BAP as a candidate to the final day of your second term (Summer excluded).
3. Attend Initiation Ceremony: After meeting the above requirements, the last step will be attending an initiation ceremony to be a full member of Beta Alpha Psi!
how can i get involved with bap?
Your level of participation in BAP can be as simple as attending meetings! You do not have to be a member to attend BAP events. However, we highly suggest becoming a member to take full advantage of the various leadership opportunities available to members, like joining a department to help run our organization!
If you are interested in open positions, please reach out to the team you are interested in to inquire about potential openings. All departments and their contact information are listed here.
If you are low on time and worried about meeting the initiation requirements please reach out to our membership team at email@example.com.
We are more than happy to help you figure out if BAP is right for you at this time!
what activities count towards professional & service hours?
Professional hours include:
Attending weekly meetings
Attending recruiting events
Attending resume critiques and mock interviews
Attending any BAP sponsored events or workshops
Service hours include:
Volunteering to help with any BAP events
Participating in BAP sponsored volunteer events
All events are posted in our weekly BAP newsletter, which you can sign up for here.
how do i record my hours?
if i start my candidacy in the middle of the term will i have less time to become a member?
No, your two terms to complete the membership requirements start when you become a candidate. For example, if you become a candidate during week 5 of fall term you have until week 5 of Spring term to complete membership requirements.
If you are attending a BAP sponsored event, please sign the attendance sheet so that we can easily track your hours.
If you forgot to sign in, or you want to report hours spent working for a BAP department or personal volunteering hours, please fill out this form with all applicable information.