Eligibility for Membership

To be eligible for membership: 

  • you must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program;
  • you must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible);
  • you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5;
  • you must receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled;
  • you must adhere to the moral standards of the society.

Typically both part-time and full-time students who have met all of the academic requirements are invited to become members.

Part-time students are eligible for membership IF they have accumulated the total number of hours over two or more academic terms used by your institution to designate full-time status (usually 12 hours on a semester system). The decision to declare part-time students eligible is an option of the local chapter and should be addressed in each chapter’s bylaws. Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters strongly encourages the eligibility of part-time students, and currently 92 percent of all chapters allow part-time students to be inducted.

International students are welcome to become members. They must achieve the required GPA, have accumulated the number of hours required by the college to designate full-time status, and possess all rights of citizenship in their native land.