About the Department of Business Information Systems

Businesses are growing their positions in information technology more quickly than they can fill needed roles. This shortage of qualified IT professionals means that you will have many opportunities for a fulfilling career and may be entertaining multiple job offers even before graduation! Whether your interest is in cybersecurity, systems design, software implementation, analytics or e-commerce, we have a program that will fit your talents and the future you are looking to create.

Your bright future, powered by our mission

Our faculty are renowned for their research, teaching and industry experience. Their significant contributions to the field through research ensure that you receive the latest and most-relevant information. And our faculty's industry experience allows you to learn practical insights from real-world examples, bridging theory and application so that you have confidence in your knowledge base.

The commitment of the faculty, paired with resources like the college's Zhang Career Center, will make sure your job outlook is bright.

  • Knowledge from textbooks provides a critical learning foundation. Yet, what is equally important is hands-on experiences through which students are exposed to developing know-how, testing their hypotheses, experiencing success or failure, and more. I value and integrate both theory and application in my classes to maximize my students’ learning outcomes and skills.

    Dr. Carrie Song, associate professor of business information systems

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Enter the working world with a remarkable resume

In the Department of Business Information Systems, you will begin to build your resume on day one through your courses, which will have relevant, real-world projects that give you hands-on experiences that employers value. Those experiences increase your bandwidth as a problem solver and will be pivotal in your search for externships, internships and full-time job opportunities.

In-demand IT positions command a median salary of $65,000 to $75,000Take a look at some of the firms you'll have an opportunity to work with:

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  • Microsoft logo
  • Whirlpool logo
  • WK Kellogg Co logo in red.

Join outstanding alumni who've made their mark

Our alumni rise to the top of their fields, and the Department of Business Information Systems Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes the career accomplishments of our alumni. The award is the highest alumni honor the department bestows.

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2023 honoree

In his time at Rocket Mortgage, David Polidori has held nine different roles, varying from help desk support to team leader focused on infrastructure and software engineering. He oversaw teams in implementing Workday, Office 365, Salesforce and many others within the organization. He has also led development and capacity initiatives, including the launch of the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge and several Rocket Mortgage Super Bowl commercials.

Our history, your legacy

Less than 6% of business schools worldwide have obtained AACSB accreditation—and WMU Haworth is one of them, making it an excellent choice for students seeking quality education that is a good investment of their tuition dollars. WMU Haworth has maintained its AACSB accreditation since 1970 for undergraduate programs and 1981 for its graduate programs.

Part of AACSB’s standard is an active connection to industry, which the department achieves in many ways. Here are just some of the unique opportunities available:

  • Company visits immerse you in the culture of a variety of firms and corporations, giving you exclusive access to some of the best minds in tech, many of them WMU alumni. Students make connections resulting in opportunities for mentorship, internships and full-time positions.
  • Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) and the Bronco Cybersecurity Club are student organization that develop social and professional programming for students in IT, bringing in notable speakers from leading companies and providing a foundation of support for all students in the department.
  • Guest speakers and workshops are offered by the department to introduce students to the top trends in technology while providing networking opportunities.
  • Advisory Council


    The members of the council act in an advisory role, supporting Western Michigan University's Department of Business Information Systems to understand current and future IT trends in order to improve or develop a curriculum that meets and exceeds the requirements for the future. The council also assists in the planning and financial support of the department's activities and initiatives.


    Members of the advisory council are invited and appointed by the department chair. Members are professionals who are leaders in their fields and committed to advancing the mission of the Department of Business Information Systems.

    Current Members

    Bob Armbrister, president, SPARK Business Works; chief information officer, CSM Group

    Steven Burdick, vice president of sales and marketing, Secant Technologies

    Brian Del Vecchio, senior manager of financial services, Ernst & Young

    Sam Fox, systems administrator, Auto-Owners Insurance

    Javier Franco, information technology director, Edwards Garment

    Ash Goel, chief information officer, Bronson Healthcare Group

    Kevin Jackson, senior director of data & analytics, 3Cloud

    Erik Kamman, head of worldwide solution architecture, SAP, Amazon Web Services

    Brian Loken, program manager, Accelerate Ecosystem, Stryker

    Matthew Mace, vice president of data & analytics solution sales, 3Cloud

    Joy McClendon, senior director (retired), Pfizer

    Ganapa (Sashi) Murthy, director of innovation solutions, Cardinal Health

    David Polidori, vice president of engineering, Quicken Loans

    Jennifer Rutledge, chief operating officer, SalesPage | Chair

    Susan Stults, owner and chief information officer, consultant, Select IT Consulting

    Joel Sundman, cloud technologies manager, Whirlpool Corporation

    Gale Tabron, information technology specialist, DLA CIV Information Operations

    Mark Takacs, executive director, Ernst & Young

    Rich Thompke, director, PGS Business Technology, Pfizer

    Chuck Warner, president, Secant Technologies

    Dick Wolthuis, director of product development operations, Level Data

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  • For me, I've always loved business and wanted a broad field that would allow me flexibility. With the business analytics major, I feel I can honestly work in any industry I want to.

    Isaac Glass, BAIT student organization president and intern for BNY Mellon