Membership Criteria

Sigma Theta Tau International membership is extended to undergraduate and graduate students as well as outstanding community leaders who meet the eligibility requirements. Student candidates shall have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity and professional leadership potential.


Students who have completed at least one-half of the required nursing core curriculum and have demonstrated outstanding ability in nursing are eligible for membership. Students are invited to join in the spring semester on the basis of academic achievement within the following parameters:

  1. Third Year Students- a cumulative GPA of 3.0 following the fall semester;
  2. Fourth Year Students - a cumulative GPA of 3.0 following the fall semester; and
  3. Rank not lower than the highest 35% of the class.

Students with a record of academic dishonesty will not be considered. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the chapter’s governance committee following the guidelines adopted by the International Board of Directors.

Community Leaders:
A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership

Honorary Members:
An honorary member is any person who is not eligible for regular membership in Sigma Theta Tau International, but who has gained national and/or international recognition in the field of nursing or in any field contributing to nursing.