Guest Blog: The Hallmarks of the Business Technology Management Program

Youcef Derbal (Ing., MSc. PhD) is the Associate Professor and Director (Interim) of the Ted Rogers School of ITM.

The Ryerson Bachelor of Commerce in Business Technology Management (BTM) is the largest program of its kind in Canada (www.ryerson.ca/itm). The program provides a unique educational focus on the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to all realms of human activities from the mundane grocery store visit and the sharing of messages through smart mobile devices and social networks to the provision of financial, commercial, governmental and healthcare services.

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Broad Spectrum of Potential Careers. Graduates of the BTM program are employable in virtually every conceivable industry sector, including: Banking, Healthcare, Commerce, Entertainment, Services, Education, Government, Transportation, and Manufacturing. The BTM program leads to a wide spectrum of potential professional careers, such as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • IT Business Solutions Analyst
  • System Integration Manager
  • Business Requirements Analyst
  • Human Resources Solutions Analyst
  • IT Infrastructure Manager.
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Information System Consultant
  • Business Technology Strategy Analyst
  • IT Logistics Specialist
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Decision Support Specialist


Flexibility of the Curriculum.
The BTM curriculum has a significant structural flexibility with 38% of the credit courses being electives. This allows students to choose, according to their interests and motivations, their career trajectories and connect with the multiple ways information technology is being applied to solve real-world problems.  Ultimately, students are in this way enabled to pursue meaningful professional careers of their choice and interest. For more information on the BTM courses go to http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/current/cos.html .

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Co-Operative Education. The BTM program has a five-year co-operative option. Students accumulate up to two years of paid work with business organizations such as banks, hospitals, manufacturing companies, software/telecom enterprises, and commercial and public service providers. Not only does the co-operative option enhances the students’ educational experience it also helps them build professional networks and enables them to secure offers of employment before graduation. More information can be found through the following the link:  http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/current/co-opinfo.html

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