Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Business, Business Information Technology
Pamplin College of Business
Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
Department of Business Information Technology MC# 0235 850 Drillfield Drive, Room 1007 Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Business, Business Information Technology
Minimum GPA: 3.2
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Fall: Feb 01
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Department Head : Roberta Russell
Graduate Program Director : Paul Lowry (Ph.D. and Graduate Programs Director)
Professors: Ralph Badinelli; Parviz Ghandforoush (National Capital Region); Paul Lowry; Cliff Ragsdale; Terry Rakes; Loren Rees; Roberta Russell; Bernard Taylor; Christopher Zobel
Associate Professors: Alan Abrahams; Idris Adjerid; Jason Deane; Barbara Hoopes (National Capital Region); Tabitha James; Lara Khansa; Raymond Major (National Capital Region); Lance Matheson; Quinton Nottingham; Onur Seref; Alan Wang
Assistant Professors: Vitali Mindel; Wenqi Shen
Ralph Medinger Lenz Professor: Ralph Badinelli
Bank of America Professor: Cliff Ragsdale
William C. and Alix C. Houchens Professor: Terry Rakes
Arthur Andersen Professor: Loren Rees
R.B. Pamplin Professor: Bernard Taylor; Christopher Zobel
Collegiate Associate Professors: Wade Baker (National Capital Region); Michelle Seref
Suzanne Parker Thornhill Professor: Paul Lowry

Business Information Technology Introduction

The PhD in Business with a concentration in Business Information Technology is designed to be a full-time, four-to-five year, residential program offering specialized study in information systems and technology, business analytics, security, and operations and supply chain management. The program emphasizes the study of systems and technologies used in the creation, storage, exchange, analysis, and use of information in organizational decision making. Considerable emphasis is given to the use of statistics, data science, machine learning, experimentation, surveys, field studies, and theory building. Study of these topics requires that the student have a strong background in quantitative methods and computing, but also strong conceptual thinking, creativity, and writing skills.

The primary objective of the program is to prepare graduate students for successful academic careers in tenure-track positions that value high-quality research and teaching. This objective is realized through a research-oriented program of study that provides extensive interaction with our faculty of outstanding researchers and teachers.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.2
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • iBT
      • 100.0
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0

Responsibility for the administration of the PhD in Business with a concentration in Business Information Technology is shared by the Department of Business Information Technology, the Pamplin College of Business, and the Graduate School. General university graduate degree requirements, procedures, and policies, are available through the Graduate School's web site
Applicants to the PhD in Business with a concentration in Business Information Technology must complete and submit scores for the GMAT exam. There is no minimum required GMAT score, but full GMAT exam results must be provided. All Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate. This total must include a minimum of 60 semester hours of approved course work and no fewer than 30 hours of research and dissertation credits. At least 50 percent of all graduate course credits (excluding research and dissertation credits) must be earned at Virginia Tech. The program of study must also satisfy the following departmental requirements:

1.  An 18 hour core is required of all PhD students in the Department of Business Information Technology with an additional 12 to 15 hours of courses depending on the student's chosen research methods track.

2. At least two continuous years must be spent in residence on the Blacksburg campus as a full-time student. A minimum of 24 graduate-level semester credit hours must be earned during this period.

3. Successful completion of a departmental screening exam at the end of the first year.

4. Successful demonstration of research potential by the end of the second year.

5. Full instructional responsibility for a least one course during doctoral studies, subject to departmental needs. 

6. Completion of Pamplin College workshops in Ethical and Scholarly Research Practices, and Inclusion and Diversity.

Each student's formal program of study is prepared during the second or third semester of study. This plan is developed by the student in conjunction with the Ph.D. advisory committee. In formulating the program, attention is given to the student's prior academic preparation and career objectives. 

Business Information Technology Facilities Introduction

The Department of Business Information Technology is located in Pamplin Hall with its main office in room 1007.
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