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ABOUT: The Department of Business Information and Technology (BIT) ranked number 33 among BIT programs worldwide based on the number of research publications achieved in premier journal outlets. Our programs are part of the College’s highly ranked 25 top doctoral programs in Business in the U.S. Our students learn strong analytical thinking and typically analytics and other technology tools, which are sought after by our local employers, such as St. Jude, AutoZone, International Paper, and FedEx.
The department's degree offerings include the B.B.A. in MIS, the M.S.B.A. with a concentration in MIS, and the Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in MIS (which is the only MIS Ph.D. program in Tennessee). The department also participates in the Fogelman College's M.B.A., International M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs. The BIT Department produces graduates who are prepared to enter a variety of information systems and technology management positions in modern business organizations. These include specialists in big-data business analytics, systems and business analysis, database and network administration, security analysis, software testing, and web design. The department faculty are eminently qualified to accomplish this, most have Ph.D.s from some of the top BIT departments in the country, and many have worked in senior IS positions in the business world. Among the department's professors are specialists in technology innovation, electronic commerce, systems development and testing, database management, and the management of information systems in contemporary organizations.
The BIT Department is the home of the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP), which is the largest university-based research group in software testing in the world. STEP researchers from BIT collaborate with industry partners and the university's computer science and computer engineering faculty to conduct research on a broad range of software testing issues, offer research-based industry certification programs, and run an annual international research workshop at which the latest research in the field is presented. STEP was co-founded by its main corporate partner, FedEx, serving as its key research and training partner in software testing throughout the software development lifecycle (visit step.memphis.edu).