Business Student Organizations

The College of Business has student chapters of business-oriented student organizations that provide students with opportunities and experiences that enhance and support their education. On this page, you'll find information related to the following groups: 

  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)
  • Dean's Student Advisory Council
  • Gamma lota Sigma
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Student Cybersecurity Association (SCA)
  • The Superior Fund

You can also view the NMU College of Business's policy for funding student organization activities

American Marketing Association (AMA)

American Marketing Association is a national organization for students interested in marketing.  Our collegiate chapter of the AMA meets every week during the semester. The AMA strives to help members enhance their business and networking skills, most notably by attending AMA regional conferences. In addition, the AMA lends a helping hand to local organizations, such as Superior Alliance for Independent Living. For more information, please contact our office.

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)

Beta Alpha Psi is a professional organization that actively engages in the professional development of students in the Accounting and Finance programs by coordinating an annual trip to a large metropolitan area, having professional speakers from the industry, and being involved in the professional atmosphere. The opportunity to serve the community and put forth efforts in fundraising activities is also available, and of course, the opportunity to increase your social network. For more information, please contact our office.

Dean’s Student Advisory Council

The Dean’s Student Advisory Council, established in September of 2005, consists of students from all business majors in all years and advises the dean of the College of Business on matters of student interest and concerns. For more information, please contact our office. Students interested in becoming a council member should fill out this form

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Whether your major is public relations, business, marketing, graphic design or just about anything else, PRSSA is a network of ambitious, intelligent students who are doing more than getting a degree. These students are interested in gaining applicable experience and understanding of the public relations and communications profession, which has an increasingly broad scope and is becoming more integrated with other similar industries. You will learn basic skills like building a resume and writing a cover letter, but also about the business benefits of great, ethical communications efforts. PRSSA also affords students leadership and networking opportunities, which are of huge value. For more information, please contact our office.

Student Cybersecurity Association (SCA)

The Student Cybersecurity Association advances literacy in cybersecurity for students at NMU. We are not exclusive to people with technology experience; anybody and everybody is welcome to join and learn. Many students who join the club are also members of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) trade association. For more information, please contact our office.

The Superior Fund (Student Managed Investment Fund)

The Superior Fund was created in the fall semester 2006. This student-managed investment fund provides students with hands-on, real-world experience by enabling them to apply financial and investment concepts learned in the classroom to corporate equity analysis, portfolio management, and group decision making. For more information, please contact our office.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Northern Michigan University student SHRM chapter serves to connect students with the professional Human Resources (HR) community and to provide a deeper understanding of HR functions and practices. For more information, please contact our office.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international business honor society for AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world. The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members. For more information, please contact our office.

February 19, 2014


The Office of the Dean of the College of Business believes that active and involved business students in professional organizations are a valuable aspect of the undergraduate experience and recognizes the need to support these organizations.

In an effort to provide support for these organizations the Dean of the College of Business has developed the following funding policy, which is focused on two primary areas: (1) professional development trips and (2) special events funding. 

Professional Development Trips 

Business student organizations planning travel may submit a proposal to receive funding from the College of Business. Travel could include attendance at regional, national or international conferences, competing in regional or national competition or business visits as part of a professional development or job-seeking trip. A student officer of the organization should submit the proposal to the Dean at least 30 days prior to the trip to ensure full consideration. The Student Travel Fund application may be used, or a proposal can be written which includes the following information:

  • Cover memo - Summarize the proposal and purpose of the trip.
  • Activity Profile - If a competition, what is the nature of the competition? If a national or regional meeting, what is the purpose of the meeting? If visiting businesses, who are these businesses and what is the purpose of visiting them?
  • Objectives - What are the key benefits and outcomes from this trip/activity
  • Trip itinerary - Provide a good level of detail.
  • List of participants - Name and contact information.
  • Budget – Include the following: transportation costs, lodging costs, parking, meals and any additional costs.

All requests must be accompanied by a note of approval/support from the faculty advisor of the organization. 

Requests for funds from the Dean of the College of Business should come after funding commitments have been obtained from other sources.  Students and student organizations are expected to fund at least 10 percent of the cost of the trip.  In general, a student organization can expect to receive funding for one trip per year. 

Special Events Funding 

Business student professional organizations can request financial support from the Dean of the College of Business in order to stage/host a special event on the NMU campus or in the region. Examples might include hosting a regional or local competition, bringing a notable business speaker to campus, staging a “business day” for area high schools, organizing a dressing and dining for success event, etc. To assure full consideration in funds allocation, student organizations should submit their proposals at least 60 days prior to the event. Each proposal should contain the following information:

  • Cover memo – Summary of the proposal and purpose of the event.
  • Event profile – Why is the event being proposed? Who is the target audience? What impact will it have on the students and the faculty within the college of business, or university-wide?
  • Objectives – What are the key benefits and outcomes associated with this event?
  • Budget – Include relevant items, including room rentals, materials, postage, advertising costs, speaker fees, refreshments/meals, and incidentals.

All requests must be accompanied by a note of approval/support from the faculty advisor of the organization, as appropriate. 

The organizers are expected to partially fund the cost of the event. In general, a reasonable level of financial support can be provided by the Dean of the College of Business. If a student organization is proposing a large-scale event, external sources of funding probably will be needed and is the responsibility of the organizers.  Other campus organizations can provide funding.