How to Form a Chapter

Within the IEEE Computer Society there are two types of chapters you may form: Professional and Student Branch.

Professional Chapters

A Chapter is a geographical subunit of the Computer Society and established by petition to the IEEE.  Chapters are concerned with representing and fulfilling the needs of the member in their specific geographical area.  Chapters allow members to meet face to face and host local activities.

In accordance with the actions of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board, there are specifics rules and guidelines for forming IEEE geographic units.
NOTE: Please read the notification regarding the recent changes in the geographic unit formation process (DOC, 55 KB) for Sections, Subsections, Technical Chapters and Affinity Groups, as approved by the MGA Board on 19 November 2011. These changes are in effect as of 1 January 2012. These changes do not apply to Student Branch Chapters.

Fill out and submit this form to be a Professional Chapter:  Chapter Petition (DOC, 231 KB)

Student Branch Chapters

To form a student branch chapter it is necessary to have a  faculty advisor who is also a member of the Computer Society and six student members. Fill out and submit the chapter petition.  If the petition is in order, IEEE student services will take the necessary action to obtain formal approval of the petition by the regional director, the regional student activities committee chair, and the Computer Society President.


Student Chapters Infographic

Student Branch Chapter flyer - 8 easy steps (PDF, 931 KB)








The above forms outline the procedures necessary for forming an IEEE Computer Society chapter, however if you have questions, or need assistance, please contact Kerry Cosby at