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Business Information Technology Management

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The BCIT Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN) Diploma program combines in-demand technical computer skills with practical business knowledge to solve unique business issues. Not only will you develop computer information systems, but you will also have the skills to grow and develop technology-based businesses. Graduates can immediately apply their information technology and business skills in a wide range of industries and companies.

BCIT Business Information Technology Management students learn to:
  • Design business solutions
  • Manage complex projects
  • Integrate business processes with ERP software
  • Build e-commerce websites, databases, and networks
  • Use Microsoft Access, .NET, SQL, XML

Business Consulting Project

Business Information Technology Management students undertake a 10 week Business Consulting Project in their final term. Students work in groups of 2-3 and spend two days a week developing a solution to a real problem for a company. The student teams collect and analyze data, create recommendations, and present their findings to company management.

Professional Designations

Graduates of the Business Information Technology Management Diploma program can pursue additional career building opportunities. Graduates are eligible to enter the following professional designation programs:

IT & Business Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Business Information Technology Management Diploma program have a strong foundation in both information technology and business. Grads are able to apply their IT and business skills in a wide variety of job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Business Analyst
  • Associate Project Manager
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Programmer/Database Administrator
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Project Manager
  • IT/ERP Consultant
  • IT Manager/Team Leader
  • Internet Marketer/Entrepreneur

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Entry

If you think this program is for you, please begin the application process early to increase opportunities for acceptance.

Check for current Business Information Technology Management program availability. Once accepted, your seat in the program will be reserved.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $690
Level 2: $470
Level 3: $827
Level 4: $777

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


As you explore Information Technology, you'll quickly realize that there are many diverse job opportunities. BCIT's B.I.T. Management program is designed to give you the flexibility to take your career in the direction you want to go.

You'll gain a strong foundation in business, including management principles, consulting skills, computers and the law, communications, project management, and more.  You'll also learn the latest skills in systems development, computer programming and the management of information systems, including Microsoft Access, XML, Visual Basic.NET, SQL, ASP.NET and E-commerce.

Explore the complete list of courses by reviewing our program matrix and course descriptions below.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1103 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics* 4.0

* Note: During the first week of OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics, an assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success Workshop.

Level 2 Credits
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BSYS 2065 Business Systems Programming* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 1170 Project Management* 2.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
*denotes a half-term course
Level 3 Credits
  BSYS 3000 Internet Business Development 1 3.0
  BSYS 3105 Information Technology 1 3.0
  BSYS 3205 Business Intelligence 1 4.0
  BSYS 3355 Management Information Systems 3.0
  BUSA 3500 Management Science 3.0
  BUSA 4850 Consulting Skills and Problem Solving* 2.0
  FMGT 3221 Management Accounting Administration 4.0
  OPMT 2172 Applied Management Engineering 3.0
Level 4 Credits
  BLAW 3600 Computers and the Law 4.0
  BSYS 4000 Internet Business Development 2 4.0
  BSYS 4075 Integrated Business Processes 4.0
  BSYS 4205 Business Intelligence 2* 2.5
  BSYS 4905 Directed Studies* 8.0
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  FMGT 4530 Enterprise Finance 5.5
  OPMT 4170 Applied Project Management 3.0
*denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 115.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

A unique program

As a Business Information Technology professional, you'll be the bridge between technology and business. Your career will require you to solve technical challenges and communicate these solutions in a way people can understand.

BCIT recognizes the importance of giving you all of the skills you need to succeed. That's why, rather than focusing solely on building your tech skills, we also include general business courses. This differentiating factor will set you apart from the rest as you create and grow your career. No matter the industry or position, as a BITMAN graduate you'll have the skills to succeed.

A unique way to learn

BCIT's polytechnic learning model focuses on applied academics and hands-on learning. You'll learn in a 'set', a group of 20-25 students you take all of your classes with. This allows you to build strong connections with your classmates and get one-on-one support from your instructors.

You'll also benefit from knowing exactly when you'll launch your career. Being accepted into the Information Technology Management program guarantees you a seat in every class you need to graduate - no need for individual class registration, no taking classes you don't need, and no wondering when you'll graduate.

Program length

Two years, full-time


The accounting profession, through its professional bodies, recognizes a variety of subjects offered in this program. The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada give credit for various subjects, and our graduates are able to achieve a professional designation within two or three years of receiving their BCIT diploma.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

Graduating & Jobs

A Diploma in Business Information Technology Management from BCIT will provide a diverse and challenging career path.

You'll learn a valuable skill set

Today's IT opportunities require both business and technology skills. You'll be prepared to take advantage of these opportunities and grow your career.

Your credential will be recognized

Hands-on projects and connections with employers give you the real world experience that employers are looking for.

You'll make connections

BCIT's learning model is built around a foundation of teamwork. You'll make connections with your classmates, instructors and employers that will last a lifetime and help advance your career.

Job Opportunities

Your career options and earning potential are diverse and exciting:

  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Support
  • Programmer/Database Administrator
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Internet Marketer/Entrepreneur
  • IT/ERP Consultant
  • IT Manager/Team Leader

  • With related experience, Information Technology Management graduates may achieve positions such as Manager of Information Systems, Director of IT, General Manager, Owner, CIO, and President/CEO.

    Graduate employment outcomes

    The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

    To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

    Advanced Placement

    Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Business Information Technology Management program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year or the beginning of the second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

    Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

    Entry into the middle of Year 1 (January)

    • Application process opens on February 1st*

    Entry into the start of Year 2 (September)

    • Application process opens on November 1st*

    * or next business day

    When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

    For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Business Information Technology Management Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

    Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

    The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

    Business Consulting Project

    A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Business Information Technology Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve an IT problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective IT solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team's recommendations to improve information technology effectiveness.

    Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.

    View a complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

    Faculty, Advisors & Staff

    You’ll learn from industry-experienced instructors who take learning beyond the textbook. Most are still active in industry and associations, ensuring they keep up with the latest trends in business and technology.

    Malcolm Ferrier
    Malcolm Ferrier is an instructor of Management Information Systems, Database Systems, and IT Project Management at BCIT. He is also the owner and founder of Ferrier Consulting, a Vancouver-based IT consulting company that has developed multiple applications for public and private organizations since 2002. Malcolm has an MBA from Queen's University, a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation from the Project Management Institute.

    Matt Baxter
    Matt Baxter has been using computers since 1976. He developed his first website in 1992 and has gone on to develop many more. When you check your timetable you are using one of the sites designed by him. He has been teaching at BCIT in the School of Business since 1986. His last professional development leave was spent at PMC Sierra, a global provider of integrated circuit chips for broadband communications.

    Masoud Jalili
    Masoud Jalili worked as an electrical engineer control systems for 10 years before entering the field of computer science in 1990. He holds a M.A.Sc from Simon Fraser University and worked in software development and teaching programming and database courses in various colleges. He joined BCIT in January 2000. Since then, in addition to teaching in related fields, he has worked in ERP software installation and support, and high end simulation and modeling software setup and curriculum design. As an example, he spent five months professional development in University of South Australia researching new trends of simulation and modeling technologies. He is currently SAP certified and is working on SAP technology courses and business intelligence.

    Contact Us

    Sarah Chanway
    Administrative Assistant
    604-432-8385 | SChanway@bcit.ca

    Malcolm Ferrier
    Program Head, Business Information Technology Management
    604-412-7495 | Malcolm_Ferrier@bcit.ca

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