BPM Academic Programs

Following is a listing of BPM academic programs offered by accredited colleges and universities around the world. BPTrends provides these listings as a service to our members and readers interested in pursuing an academic degree or certification in BPM. All listings are in alphabetical order. We invite other accredited colleges and universities to submit their programs for listing. Please contact Paul Harmon for more information.

Bentley University
Waltham, MA, USA

Types of Programs: The Department of Information and Process Management (IPM) offers a minor in Information and Process Management at the undergraduate level and an INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION with an optional focus in Information and Process Management at the MBA level.
IPM Minor and Courses Adviser: Alina Chircu, Associate Professor and Chair
Number of Faculty: IPM has 15 full-time faculty members and several adjunct faculty.

Description of Programs
IPM (Information & Process Management) addresses the ways organizations compete effectively by managing end-to-end processes across departments, vendors and customers, utilizing integrating technologies to do so. IPM courses are designed to provide business majors an edge in their profession by adding valuable skills in tools, methods and technologies that support information and process management in organizations. IPM courses include three broad areas of study: Process Management, Information Management, and Enterprise Systems. Students engage in process modeling, design and improvement projects with outside business and community organizations. Main IPM research areas include technology-supported healthcare process improvement, organizational design and information technology, interorganizational standards and processes, and BPM education.

Contact person: Alina Chircu, Associate Professor and Chair, https://faculty.bentley.edu/details.asp?uname=achircu
For more information: http://academics.bentley.edu/departments/information-and-process-management

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) –
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Types of Programs: Business Information Systems (BIS) masters degree program
Program Director: Professor Wil van der Aalst

Description of Programs
TU/e offers a Business Information Systems (BIS) masters degree program. Two information systems groups at TU/e (within Computer Science and Industrial Engineering) have organized the BIS masters program. The focus is on business process modeling and analysis. The program includes courses on Business Process Management, Business Process Management Systems, Process Mining, Electronic Business Architectures and Systems, Business Process Simulation, IT-governance, etc. The BIS program has about 70 MSc students. There are about 20 PhD students in the broader BPM area.

TU/e hosts many well-known BPM researchers. Various rankings and evaluations show that TU/e is leading in both research and teaching. TU/e is ranked 34th on the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Computer Science (Shanghai ranking 2011), making it the 4th European University. In 2009, TU/e was ranked first on the international University-Industry Research Cooperation (UIRC) scoreboard illustrating the strong cooperation with industry. The BIS program is headed by Prof. Wil van der Aalst.

For more information: http://www.tue.nl/en/education/tue-graduate-school/masters-programs/business-information-systems

J Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
Department of Computer Information Systems

Atlanta, GA, USA

Types of Programs: Bachelors of Business Administration, Major in CIS, Specialization in Business Process Management
Program Director: Richard Welke
Number of Faculty: CIS department: 20 Full-time faculty, 40 adjunct and part-time faculty; 500 undergraduate, 50 masters and 15 PhD students

Description of Programs
The undergraduate specialization in BPM currently consists of three courses (CIS 4120, 4130, 4140 and 4190) that cover the gamut from business process analysis and modeling (BPMN) to BPMS implementation, the inclusion and use of web services, and complex event processing. This is in addition to required CIS courses in project management, database, general modeling and analysis, and the typical range of business courses (e.g., accounting, marketing, finance, operations, strategy) required of all business degree graduates. Students of this program can choose from a variety of electives in BI, process management and enterprise architecture to achieve greater depth or breadth. The four BPM courses are taught using problem-based and experiential learning modalities and a team-based approach. All courses have a real-world project associated with them. In addition, the CIS major requires an additional capstone course that is either a beginning-to-end project or an internship.

Contact person: Carl Stucke
For more information: http://www.cis.gsu.edu

Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

Types of Programs: Master of Business Process Management (BPM) – Course Work, Master of Business Process Management (BPM) – Research, Doctor of Philosophy (with a BPM specialization), Doctor of Information Technology (with a BPM specialization), and Undergraduate units on BPM is also available
Program Director: Prof. Michael Rosemann
Course Coordinator for BPM Masters: Dr. Wasana Bandara
Number of Faculty: 15 (specific to BPM)

Description of Programs
The QUT Business Process Management Group, located within the School of Information Systems, offers both Masters and Doctoral degrees in BPM, and also offers a selected range of BPM subjects for Undergraduate students in Business and IT degrees. The school is headed by Professor Michael Rosemann. For more information about the BPM group, see http://www.bpm.fit.qut.edu.au.

The Masters program at QUT provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to design execute and manage Business Process Improvement initiatives at project, program and organisation levels. Students undertake study in areas of Business/ Process Analysis, Process Management, Process Modelling, Process Improvement, process Automation as the core of the course with complimenting units in professional services (including project management and IT consulting), Enterprise Systems and Information and Knowledge management within business processes. QUT offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Doctor of IT, which can be done with a BPM specialization.

Contact information: For details about BPM Education offered at QUT, please contact Dr Wasana Bandara. For details about the Research projects and programs at QUT, please contact Prof Arthur ter Hofstede or Associate Prof Jan Recker.
For more information: http://www.qut.edu.au/study/courses/master-of-business-process-management

Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Types of Programs: Master of Science in Information Systems, Graduate Certificate in BPM & Service Innovation, and Executive Education Courses
Program Director: Michael zur Muehlen

Description of Programs
Stevens Institute of Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Information Systems with a concentration in BPM & Service Innovation as well as a 4 course Graduate Certificate in BPM & Service Innovation. Executive education courses on Enterprise Architecture, BPMN, and Process Analysis & Optimization complement the degree courses.

The BPM & Service Innovation program is comprehensive offering consisting of:

  • Process Innovation & Management (focused on process analysis & reengineering)
  • BPM & Workflow Implementation (focused on BPMS, simulation, and analytics)
  • Supply Chain Management & Strategy (focused on B2B process management)Service Innovation (focused on process strategy).

Stevens places particular emphasis on BPM strategy and process analytics, as well as the inclusion of a broad selection of leading BPM platforms for hands-on experiences during coursework (e.g. IBM, Signavio, Fluxicon, Sungard, and others).

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier private university focused on research and entrepreneurship in technology-related fields. Located across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stevens has a population of 3700 graduate (Masters and PhD) and 2300 undergraduate students. The BPM program is coordinated by the Center for Business Process Innovation, located within the School of Technology Management.

Contact information: The Center is headed by Professor Michael zur Muehlen
For more information: http://www.stevens.edu/bpm

Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
Management Information Systems Department

Athens, GA, USA

Types of Programs: Bachelors of Business Administration, Major in MIS, Areas of Emphasis in Major are Business Process Management, Energy Informatics and Business Analytics.
Department Chair: Dr. Maric Boudreau
Number of Faculty: MIS department: 11 Full-time faculty, 3 adjunct and part-time faculty; 250 undergraduate MIS majors, 60 Masters of Internet students, 95 full-time and 150 part-time MBAs, and 6 PhD students

Description of Programs
The undergraduate area of emphasis in BPM currently consists of two courses. The general outcome of the first course, required of all MIS majors, is to improve student’s understanding and skills in terms of modeling, improving and managing organizational work systems, especially the understanding of the process and technology components of these systems. The course focuses on BPM both as management discipline and as a technology (BPMS). It covers a gamut of topics from business process analysis, modeling (BPMN) and simulation to BPMS implementation, the use of web services, and process redesign methodologies. The second course, an elective course, focuses on BPMS, SOA (Service-oriented architectures) and BDMS (Business Decision/Rules Management Systems) as a new environment for developing and executing process-based information systems. Students build a number of systems using a commercial BPMS_SOA_BDMS environment. The two BPM courses are in addition to other required MIS Major courses (seven courses are required for a major) in Database Management, Project Management, Java Programming, Network-Based Application Development, and Systems Analysis and Design. Many of the required MIS courses use and integrate the BPM concepts and skills acquired in the BPM courses. The MIS major builds on the Terry College’s common business core, which includes course work in accounting, economics, business law, mathematics, statistics, information systems, finance, marketing, production, and management. Often, the common core is completed before taking course work in the MIS program. Students in this program may choose from a variety of electives to achieve greater depth or breadth in BPM related topics. All BPM courses incorporate real-world projects to enhance the relevance and quality of the student’s professional experience. We also teach BPM in our Masters programs.

Contact person: Dr. Maric Boudreau
For more information: http://www.terry.uga.edu/mis/

University of Chile
Santiago, Chile

Types of Programs:The Master in Business Engineering (MBE) program, located within the Department of Industrial Engineering offers a Master Program and a Diploma in BPM.
Program Director: Professor Oscar Barros (blog.obarros.cl)
Faculty: MBE has 20 faculty members, 80 masters and 35 diploma students.

Description of Programs
This is a comprehensive program which includes a solid education in Business Theory, Analytical Techniques (data and process mining and mathematical optimization), Process Modeling and Design and IT. Its emphasis is in Business Design as a foundation for process design and supporting IT application development, including process execution on a BPMS. A real project in a local company that includes business, processes and applications design and implementation is required for graduation. Main research areas are Architecture and Process Patterns, Business and Process Design Methodologies, BPMN and Process Execution, and Development of World Class Process and Application Solutions for Optimal Hospital Management.

Contact person: Cristian Julio, cjulio@ing.uchile.cl
For more information: http://www.mbe.cl

University of Liechtenstein
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Types of Programs: Graduate Program

Master of Science in IT and Business Process Management
Head of Program: Jan vom Brocke, Stefan Seidel
Number of Faculty: Approx. 10

Description of Programs
The University of Liechtenstein is one of a few Universities worldwide offering an academic degree in the area of Business Process Management. According to the latest CIO Study by Gartner Group, the ability to improve business processes is the number one business priority for today’s CIOs. Our Master’s degree program in IT & Business Process Management provides you with all skills needed for the design and management of business processes. You will gain substantial knowledge in the fields of Business Process Management, Information Technology, and especially the nexus of the two, that is, Business/IT alignment.

Joining our Master’s program in IT and Business Process Management means to study in one of the most active BPM research groups in Europe. Ten faculty members along with a number of visiting professors engage in the program from all over the world and contribute to the high quality standard in teaching. Only 25 students a year enter the program, which usually hosts more than 10 different nationalities. After gaining their Master of Science in IT and Business Process Management (MSc IT&BPM), our students have excellent career opportunities. Typically, they start working for international IT & management consultancies or industry and service companies (e.g., in financial services, telecommunications, logistics, manufacturing, or public administration).

Contact person: Bernd Schenk
For more information: http://www.uni.li/GraduateSchool/Masterstudium/BusinessProcessManagement/tabid/204/language/en-US/Default.aspx

BPM Career Program

Head of Program: Jan vom Brocke, Stefan Seidel
Number of Faculty: Approx. 10

The BPM Career Program at the University of Liechtenstein is aimed at highly qualified and motivated talents with a firm interest in management and technology. It provides students with the opportunity to work in a professional environment while, at the same time, being enrolled in the accredited Business Process Master Program at the University of Liechtenstein. Students are thus provided with a unique environment that allows them to directly apply academic knowledge in practice.

The BPM Career Program is designated for graduates of Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Studies, Economics, Information Science as well as both Natural and Engineering Sciences. Candidates need to possess a first qualifying university degree and to be motivated to complete a challenging program while, at the same time, working in practice.

The application process is competitive. Interested persons submit their application to the University of Liechtenstein. The applicants’ eligibility is evaluated by both the University of Liechtenstein and the supporting organization. Students are enrolled in the BPM Career Program, if they are accepted by both the University and the participating organization. Students who apply for the BPM Career Program are asked to nominate 2-3 organizations they are most interested in (see Web link).

Contact person: Bernd Schenk
For more information: www.bpm-education.org

Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Vlerick)
Leuven and Gent, Belgium (Main Campus)
St. Petersburg, Russia
Partnership with Peking Univesity, China
Partnership with University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

Types of Programs Certificate in BPM for business and IT professionals
Program Director Professor Em Dr Ir Dirk Deschoolmeester

Description of Program
Vlerick is a business school located in the heart of Europe with international branches. Vlerick offers a Certificate in Business Process Management (BPM) as an executive education option for business and IT professionals, consultants and managers. The program consists of an opening seminar, 8 core modules, and a closing seminar, and addresses the following topics: Business Process Management fundamentals, Strategy & Performance Management, Advanced Techniques for Process Improvement, Setting up a Process Support Organization, Information Systems Alignment, Delivering Service Excellence, and People & Change Management. Attendees have an average of 17 years of work experience. The course requires a total of 27 days of coursework spread out over the course of a year.

The courses are taught in English.

Contact information: Gaëtane Beernaert – Tel. + 32 9 210 98 22 –gaetane.beernaert@vlerick.com
For more information: www.vlerick.com/emcbpm

Widener University
Chester, PA, USA

Types of Programs: Master of Science in Business Process Innovation (MSBPI) program, located within the School of Business Administration.
Program Director: Associate Dean Penelope Sue Greenberg
Number of Faculty: 5 academic faculty members and 5 expert industry partners

Description of Programs
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university where students learn through an integrated curriculum utilizing enterprise systems. Since 1998, Widener has actively participated in the SAP University Alliances program. In 2003 Widener was selected as one of seven world-wide universities to join SAP-AG and IDS Scheer, Inc. (now Software AG) as a founding member of the Business Process Integration (BPI) Institute. Our faculty members and industry partners are global leaders in the discipline of business process management. Their accomplishments include authoring books, leading BPM initiatives in a Fortune 500 company, publishing researchers, training executives and winning teaching awards. The curriculum employs the latest research complemented by state of the art industry practice. By working closely with our industry partners our students learn through active case studies with practicing BPM and SAP professionals. Our comprehensive framework incorporates all levels of process management from strategy through implementation. This holistic approach to BPM includes Process Strategy, Innovation, Governance, Design, Implementation, Change Management, and Process Intelligence. Students learn how to integrate, people, technology and process to produce an agile organization. Competencies developed in the program have propelled the careers of our graduates. The Master of Science in Business Process Innovation program requires 30 credit hours of coursework. All courses are completely online.

Contact person: Associate Dean Penelope Sue Greenberg or Professor Yvonne Antonucci
For more information: psgreenberg@mail.widener.edu, yantonucci@mail.widener.edu