AIU students who achieve success in their studies can be eligible to join honor societies and receive honor cords. These honors are a way to recognize the academic achievement of AIU students in their field of study. Honor societies offer an excellent opportunity for successful students to network and build relationships with others in their industry. Students who study Business or Information Technology and meet the eligibility requirements have the opportunity to join an honor society. In addition, students who finish their studies with the required GPA and attend a physical graduation ceremony will receive honor cords, which publicly recognize a student's academic accomplishments.
BUSINESS HONOR SOCIETIES
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is an International Honor Society that recognizes academic excellence in business administration programs at schools accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools). Students pursuing a Bachelor in Business Administration must have a minimum of a 3.73 GPA and 154 quarter hours or above and be in the top 20% of their class to be eligible to join Delta Mu Delta. Students who have between 90 and 154 quarter hours must hold a 3.80 GPA.
Master's students in Business who have a 3.73 GPA, have completed more than half their required courses and are in the top 20% of their class are eligible.
Kappa Beta Delta
Kappa Beta Delta is an International Honor Society that recognizes academic excellence in Associate degree business administration programs at schools accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools).
Students pursuing an Associate's degree in Business who are in the top 20% of their class and have a GPA of 3.73 and have completed 45 or more quarter hours are eligible to join.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HONOR SOCIETIES
Epsilon Pi Tau
Epsilon Pi Tau, an International Honor Society for Professions in Technology, is open to all Information Technology students who meet the requirements. Epsilon Pi Tau encourages academic excellence and provides recognition for students, faculty, administration and professionals in the technology related professions. The honorary has members in 126 chapters that are chartered at colleges and universities since 1929. The Delta Delta chapter has had the honor of having two chapter members recognized as winners of the Region 2 Warner Award for graduate research (2009 & 2010). Epsilon Pi Tau is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Associates students must have completed 45-credit hours, achieved a 3.25 GPA and must maintain GPA through graduation or be removed from the active member roster
- Bachelors students must have completed 45-credit hours, at least 24-credit hours in technology courses, achieved a 3.25 GPA and be in upper 35% of students in the program
- Masters students must have completed 12-credit hours and achieved a 3.3 GPA
CRIMINAL JUSTICE HONOR SOCIETIES
Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma is a nationally recognized criminal justice honor society. AIU Online’s Alpha Phi Sigma chapter offers students all the benefits of membership, including activities, meetings and lectures, all available online through AIU’s virtual campus. Founded in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has more than 360 chapters nationwide and is the only criminal justice honor society that is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Science. AIU’s Alpha Phi Sigma members meet regularly as well as plan and attend local events or meet with other local chapters. The general Alpha Phi Sigma Conference takes place each March and awards conference scholarships, grants, selects national officers and presents conference projects.
To qualify for the Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society, students must have completed at least 35% of their bachelor’s degree program and have a GPA of at least 3.2 overall and in their criminal justice courses.
In addition to Honor Societies, students in any area of study who have a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of a certain level and attend a physical graduation ceremony will graduate with honor cords. The required CGPA to graduate with honors for different degree programs is:
- Associate: 3.5 or higher
- Bachelor: Summa Cum Laude -CGPA of 3.9 or higher
- Magna Cum Laude-CGPA of 3.70-3.89
- Cum Laude-CGPA of 3.50-3.69