Artificial intelligence (AI) has been called the new electricity. AI and machine learning (ML) systems are currently being utilized to organize supply chains, manage customer relationships, transfer organizational knowledge, and optimize enterprise resources. According to estimates, up to 47% of current jobs could be automated by AI, robotics, and machine learning systems in the next two decades. Firms have identified that a lack of skilled people make deployment of machine learning capabilities an ongoing challenge. Due to these factors, numerous jobs will become available for managing these systems.
The Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN) – Artificial Intelligence Management (AIM) option will train artificial intelligence/machine learning management knowledge workers for entry-level positions managing AI/ML/business intelligence solutions. This option will focus on AI business models, AI ethics, machine learning for business (supervised learning, neural networks, and deep learning), computer vision, and natural language processing (NLP).
About the program
- Two-year, full-time diploma program
- Extensive exposure to industry offers exceptional networking opportunities
- Business consulting projects provide hands-on experiences looking at real-life industry problems in all fields of business including finance, operations, and customer development
- Work experience not required, but highly recommended
Learn more about the benefits of earning your diploma with the Program Details.
Who should apply for the Business IT Management Diploma?
You might find the most benefit in this program if you:
- Are interested in combining AI technology and business
- Have a combination of academics, business, or volunteer experience
- Have a unique idea you want to develop within your company or as an entrepreneurial venture
- Are a team-player interested in big-picture thinking and strategy
If this sounds like you, apply today on our Entrance Requirements page.
Your experience matters
Do you have another degree or diploma? You may be able to earn credits to advance directly to the second year of the diploma program. Find out if you’re eligible for Advanced Placement.
What grads can do
With your hands-on experience and training, you’ll be prepared upon graduation to move immediately into entry-level and growth positions in technical support, business analysis, and project management in a variety of companies and industries.
You’ll also have the option to continue with your studies to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree at BCIT with full-time or part-time evening courses. Earning your diploma helps open new doors for your career, and many students begin working immediately after graduation while continuing their training to earn a bachelor’s degree to improve their skills and career prospects for the long term.
Learn more about the specific opportunities available to graduates on our Graduating and Jobs page.
BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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.
Costs & Supplies
Bring Your Own Device
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements. Business Information Technology Management students will need Windows 10 running natively on their computer.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
In your studies at BCIT, you’ll receive instruction, practice, and practical experience in all areas of business, including marketing, accounting, HR, finance, operations, and web development to prepare you for the big-picture work of information technology management. You’ll prepare with hands-on projects developed by industry professionals, including courses like Business Information Systems, Management Science, and a business consulting project where you’ll undertake a real project for a business.
The BCIT Business Information Technology Management diploma program places you in a small cohort of 20-25 students. You will attend lectures and labs for each course. In lecture, the faculty provides the content necessary to establish a foundation. Practical application follows in the lab environment. You will work directly with industry on several projects and assignments.
Graduates of this program may also apply to the BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity) full time program.
Thanks to a generous donation from Vision33, students have access to the SAP HANA data platform to analyze and interpret large amounts of raw data. The financial support from industry leaders helps to ensure that Business Information Technology Management graduates have the skills to use the newest software programs that are commonly used in the workplace.
Graduating & Jobs
Your courses combine introductory skills in information systems, economics, marketing and more with practical skills like leadership and organization needed to become a Business/IT professional, make strategic decisions, and create business plans. Throughout the program, you’ll develop the knowledge and experience necessary to begin or advance a successful career.
Some job opportunities for graduates include:
- Business AI Analyst
- IT Project Manager
- Technical Support Analyst
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Cloud Application Developer
- IT Consultant
- IT Manager
- Web Entrepreneur
Graduates of the BITMAN diploma program are eligible to enter the following professional designation programs:
Upon graduation, students may also choose to continue their studies full-time, or to begin working in their chosen field while pursing a bachelor’s degree part-time. You’ll have the option of continuing your study to earn BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA), or transfer credits to other degree programs like Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management Degree, Thompson Rivers University’s Bachelor of Business Administration, or Lakehead University’s Bachelor of Administration Degree.
“I received a stellar 3 month review and my boss said, “It feels like you’ve been here for 2 years, not 3 months.” I owe all this to the BITMAN program. It gave me all the tools required for the job, and I couldn’t be happier with my current position.”
Chris Boyd, Business Analyst at Cymax Group
“The tools which I took from BCIT have been absolutely game changing for me. Very few programs are producing graduates which have the same breadth of knowledge that the BITMAN program offers. The skills that I learned in the business side of BITMAN were what set me apart from other tech grads.”
Maxime Legare Desilets, Program Support Officer at Universities Canada
“I can already see the impact of the program and the doors it has opened for me. I am also very thankful because this job has brought a huge relief as it has the potential to better my life by supporting myself and my family.”
Christin Verma, Client Support at Lasso CRM
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 is an instructor of Management Information Systems, Database Design, IT Project Management, and Cloud Business Development at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (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, ESP Analytics, a software selection web application startup, and TaskForce Automation, a project task scheduling web application startup. 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.
Ron McMillan is the Program Head for the graduate certificate in Business Analytics at BCIT. He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His extensive industry experience includes 12 years as a data analyst consultant at TELUS and TELUS Mobility and four years of custom application development at Fluor Canada. Ron has taught Business Systems, MIS, and Business Intelligence courses at BCIT since 2004. He is keenly interested in all things data and believes that data science is integral to all aspects of business.
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 recent student project or view the complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.
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Program Head, Business Information Technology Management
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