In order to help graduating students stand out in a competitive job market, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) launched the IMA Accounting Honor Society (IAHS) last year to give students an academic distinction amongst their peers upon completion of their collegiate studies. The IAHS announced that they are still accepting applications for the Society before the Class of '16 graduates later this Spring.

Designed to recognize and honor academic achievement in the study of accounting, IAHS offers its members a certificate of recognition, graduation cord, digital badge recognition, and access to a members-only LinkedIn group of more than 800 students, representing 200 academic institutions across the country.

“With the job market more competitive than it’s ever been, the more students are able to differentiate themselves during the application process, the more they increase their chances of being hired,” said Raef Lawson, IMA vice president of research and policy, in a statement. “Our goal at IMA is to help foster this success.”

IAHS membership is available to all students who meet the following criteria:

  • Attend an accredited college or university
  • Be a declared Accounting, Finance, or IT major
  • Have taken a minimum of three accounting courses
  • Be enrolled in junior year or later in an undergraduate program, or a graduate or Ph.D. program
  • Have an overall and accounting GPA of 3.0
  • Provide a transcript as proof of eligibility
  • Pay a one-time fee of $50 for lifetime membership

To apply for the IAHS, head to the Honor Society's site here.