Business Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Business Administration
Opintomuoto: Full-time studies
Opintojen laajuus:3,5 years, 210 credits
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 23
Haku alkaa: 9.1.2019
Haku päättyy: 30.1.2019
Application period ends on 30 January 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time

Business Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, especially by SAP software solutions


Our new innovative Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) study programme concentrates on enterprise resource planning (ERP), primarily by the use of industry-leading SAP software solutions. ERP refers to the integrated management of core business processes in real-time and mediated by software, for instance, SAP, which is an integrated business solution software and used by close to 90% of the largest companies in the world. All departments and functions across a company are integrated into a single system. Our one-of-a-kind business management programme aims at providing specialised ERP expertise together with the know-how in modern business management.  The programme has an international scope, and with its exclusive content, it aims to educate professionals with high-demand expertise for the future labour markets and business needs. And, the demand for ERP skilled employees is rising all the time.

The programme starts by basic studies that build a strong foundation, and provide an excellent basic understanding of business functions and processes, including management, accounting, marketing, logistics, etc. After this, the focus turns into the ERP/SAP studies, which form the strong professional specialisation of the programme. The ERP/SAP studies provide the students with a specialised competitive edge in the labour markets by their unique content. The studies also include optional business studies, which further help the students to build their personal, professional profiles, as well as language studies and intercultural studies. In addition to the strong professional know-how, a particular attention is paid to the development of social skills, interpersonal skills, self-management skills, innovativeness, and other crucial generic business skills.

The enterprise resource planning lecturers at Centria are SAP certified, and we also offer the students a chance to develop the knowledge and skills required for an SAP certification (TERP10). After that, the students are also able to build their knowledge and skills further in a specialised SAP area. As a member of the SAP University Alliance, Centria can provide its students with access to the SAP Business Suite family of software solutions. This enables to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises, case studies, and research. Centria uses special case studies to support practical learning and continuously develops its ERP learning environments.

A vital element of the programme is the close collaboration with industries, also aiming to fulfil their growing need for ERP, and especially SAP, skilled specialists.  The aim is that companies share their experience with Centria students, and provide them hands-on experience, e.g. by interesting internships, work placements, thesis opportunities and company projects. Centria is continuously building and developing cooperation with companies, businesses and other organisations.

The Degree Programme in Business Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), provides skills and expertise in a large body of business fields. Students can start, manage and maintain their firms or develop their professions further in any local or international company, either in Finland or abroad. They are also capable of adapting and managing ongoing changes in the working life environments, which keeps them in the top expertise level.

SAP Next-Gen Lab & Business Collaborations

Centria University of Applied Sciences is working in close collaboration with some of the biggest employers in the field of SAP in Finland. Our collaboration with these companies concerns their SAP development activities. concerning their SAP development activities. These development activities will make the most of the SAP Next-Gen Lab environment, located in Centria’s premises.

The Next-Gen Lab environment serves as a learning environment for the students enrolled in the degree programme in Business Management, Enterprise resource planning (ERP). Students will use cases from the partner companies to work on current and coming challenges related to management reporting, utilisation of data in business decision-making and the development of new digital solutions together with the companies’ project teams. Students will have access to internships and project work within the organisations starting after their first study year is completed, they will have the opportunity to see and learn how the SAP ERP software is actually in use within the companies. This hands-on experience will allow students to gain an insight into the SAP operational environment and they will focus their studies on the area they are most in keen in.

The partner companies will offer final thesis, internship and project work possibilities to Centria’s students.   . As example, one of our most important partners, Fujitsu has close to 8,000 joint customer installations worldwide supported by over 3,000 SAP application and solution experts. The company is a crucial partner for SAP, being a Global SAP Services Partner since 2006 and a Global SAP Hosting Partner in 2007. With this, Fujitsu is one of the very few SAP partners to achieve global partnerships in Technology, Services, and Hosting. Fujitsu Suomi, for instance, is offering SAP services to industrial companies and enterprises within the public administration, healthcare and retail fields.

Your future

BBA graduates can apply for practical and managerial positions. They can be hired to occupational titles such as: export & import manager, sales representative, marketing manager, key accountant, office manager, project manager, purchasing manager, CEO, financial manager, human resource manager and entrepreneur.

About the area

Around Centria, there are more international companies than in any other area in Finland. For example, the boat industry is globally known for the world-class yachts which are built here. Even Rolls Royce are manufacturing in Kokkola! That in mind, the focus of the BBA program at Centria is entrepreneurship and international business. Throughout the studies students examine the growth of business enterprises from the business concept to a fully operational company in the international market. Centria is located on the west coast of Finland. The campus is situated just a few minutes away from the seaside. The campus is surrounded by beautiful nature, that offers many possibilities for outdoor activities.

Postgraduate studies

Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius offers diverse Bachelor level business studies by Vaasa Open University. You may apply directly to Vaasa University’s Master’s Programme in Business Studies after completing a Bachelor’s degree in a university of applied sciences.

After three years of work experience you can pursue your studies and apply for Centria’s MBA programme.





The following education gives you eligibility in Centria's direct application:

- International Baccalaureate completed outside Finland
- Reifeprüfung completed outside Finland
- European baccalaureate completed outside Finland
- foreign education that gives eligibility to apply to higher education in the country in question

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses discretionary admission in the direct application in 2019, which means that the applicant can be considered eligible for the entrance examination even if he/she would not meet the general admission criteria. Discretion may come in question in the following situation:

  • Applicant’s (who is not a citizen of an EU/EEA-country) final certificate will not be available by the end of the application period, and therefore a photocopy of it cannot be sent by a set date. Applicant can be invited to the entrance examination if he/she can provide with an official temporary certificate or statement of results which is given by the organization awarding degrees (for example in Nigeria or Ghana an official statement of results sent to Centria directly from WAEC or NECO or in Kenya statement of results sent directly from the KNEC).

If you are a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and the qualifications you have obtained cannot be proven through documentary evidence, the UAS' concerned can still invite you to the entrance examination. In this case, you must prove the refugee status by a decision made by a competent authority and send a copy of the decision (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted by a need for protection) to the admissions office by the set date.






Motivation letter and motivation video           40 points / maximum

The maximum score is 40 points, while the minimum acceptable score is 10 points.

When the student selection is based on motivation letter and motivation video, applicants might also be invited to Skype-interview if necessary.

Direct application to Centria
9th Jan - 30th Jan 2019. Applying takes place at


Eligibility in this application period is given by a foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for higher education in the country in question

Those applying in this application period (with a non-Finnish qualification) must submit a copy of his or her qualification certificate translated into Finnish, Swedish or English by an official (authorised) translator, if the original document is in none of these languages. Such translations must be signed and stamped by the translator. The translations must be submitted to the address given in the application form. The deadline will be announced later.

Please notice that if you are applying with a qualification completed in Finland you cannot be considered eligible in this application period but you should apply in joint application between 20th March - 3rd April 2019.

Discretionary admission 2019

Centria University of Applied Sciences uses discretionary admission in Direct application to Centria in January 2019 and in Joint application in 2019, which means that the applicant can be considered eligible even if he/she would not meet the general admission criteria. Discretion may come in question in the following situation:

  • applicant’s (who is not a citizen of an EU/EEA-country) final certificate will not be available by the end of application period and therefore a photocopy of it cannot be sent by set date. Applicant can be invited to the entrance examination if he/she can provide with an official temporary certificate or statement of results which is given by the organisation awarding degrees (for example in Nigeria or Ghana an official statement of results sent to Centria directly from WAEC or NECO or in Kenya statement of results sent directly from the KNEC).
    • Above mentioned documents must arrive to Centria UAS by the deadline that will be announced later. Copies of final original certificates must then be sent to Centria UAS (deadline will be announced later). If the applicant does not send the copy of final certificate by set date, the confirmation of the study place will not be registered and the student admission will be cancelled.


How to apply via discretionary admission

You can apply at and follow the regular procedure for applying. 

The copies of the certificates (A4 size) must arrive to Centria UAS by the deadline which will be announced later. Any later certificates will not be accepted and the applicant will not be considered as a candidate for admission. Faxed copies will not be accepted.


Refugees (in Finland)

If you are a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and the qualifications you have obtained cannot be proven through documentary evidence, the UAS' concerned can still invite you to the entrance examination. In this case you must prove the refugee status by a decision made by a competent authority and send a copy of the decision (a decision on asylum or a residence permit granted on the basis of a need for protection) to the admissions office by the deadline.

Motivation letter

For the degree programme in Business Management (ERP) there are no entrance exams.

In order to complete the process of applying to Centria to this degree programme you need to create a motivation letter via a link that you get after submitting your application at

The motivation letter has to include your personal information, link to your Linkedin page (or CV) and answers to the specified questions that include for example your international experience.

You must also include a link to a video where you for example state, why you are applying to Centria and how the studies of the programme support your professional goals.

The motivation letter including the video will be assessed. It's possible also to get points if you have other relevant documents such as IELTS (6.0) or other official documents. Please note that IELTS is not mandatory but will give you an advantage.

Detailed information of the motivation letter will be available for our applicants.


How to apply?

Direct link to the application at

When the application period is open you can apply at

You can find all Centria's programmes that are open for application by using "Centria" as a search word and by limiting the search results to "Application period ongoing". By filtering by language you can also view the degree programmes that are conducted in Finnish.

Student stories - Business Management


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Getting global in Kokkola

I come from Oulainen, but I currently live in Kokkola. I am a 3rd-year student in the English-taught degree programme in business management. I did not know about Kokkola before coming, but I wanted to try something new and move to a new town. I was keen on studying on studying business, and it was possible to do it here in English.

I chose to study in English because I want to work in the field of cosmetics and fashion abroad in the future, or maybe in an international firm here in Finland.

Studying in English is the right thing to do if you want to have any international activities in your future career. You will surely do fine with your English skills, as long as you know the basics. Don’t worry about that! We have a relaxed international class, which in itself is a great learning environment itself as you learn to converse in English. We also have English language courses. Studying in an international group allows you to learn about the different cultures and habits in both working and every day through your fellow students.

My best memory at Centria is when I was alone on the first day, not knowing anybody, and after a few days, some Finnish and Vietnamese girls had become my best friends!

Sini Hotti, Business Management


Peaceful studying environment

I really enjoyed the international atmosphere at Centria. Even though I was far away from home, I never felt lonely. The student union COPSA organized different kinds of events 
and I met a lot of friends from all over the world. I enjoyed spending time with my Finnish friends, which enabled me to improve my Finnish skills and get in touch with the local culture. Centria also offers exchange possibilities to different universities all over the world, which fosters a very multicultural environment. 
The teachers at Centria were very co-operative, they provided me with the knowledge I will need in my future career; thanks to their practical-orientated as well as theory-based teaching methods. The study-material is made easily accessible. The university provided me with a peaceful studying environment and I received good support from all sides – teachers, student tutors… 

The most beneficial part of my studies definitely was my work placement at the local store Halpa-Halli. I got more familiar with the Finnish business culture and got to practice customer relations, which is important for my future career. My target has always been to work with managerial tasks and dealing – directly or not – with customers.  

Centria is one of the best study places as it is situated in a really nice location, connected to all the bigger towns, and almost everything you could need is within reach. Kokkola might not be that big of a big city, but it still has a lot to offer!  

Kokkola being a smaller town, it also offers a less expensive alternative yet offering high level education possibilities to students thinking about choosing universities bigger towns.

Umakanta Ghimire, Business Management


Learning Finnish from friends

My study period in Centria has been a golden opportunity to gain several theoretically and practically based skills which will serve me throughout my life. I have been enjoying each and every moment with all my international friends.
Even though being far from home, I never feel lonely. The co-operation of teachers has made my study period more interesting. During my stay in Finland, I have been able to make a lot of Finnish friends which has both helped me raise the standard of my language skills and helped me learn the local culture and Finnish lifestyle.

I have gained a lot of work experience in different companies throughout my studies; this helped me develop my Finnish language skills but also it has also been a major benefit for my career. My target has always been on managerial tasks that connect me directly or indirectly with the customers. Thanks to my degree and language skills, I have become a supervisor in the delivery department at Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj.

Centria as a study place is one of the best universities of applied sciences in Finland, with a peaceful environment and availability of study materials and much more. The friendly environment with co-operative teachers, tutors and multicultural friends is the best part in here. And even though Kokkola is not a big city, it’s a wonderful city with easy access everywhere.

Saroj Ghimire, Business Management


Study-buddies Sara Koskinen and Nguyen Le Huyen

Study-buddies Sara Koskinen and Nguyen Le Huyen are currently in their last study year in the degree programme in Business Management.

- I was so surprised by the international atmosphere here in my home town. There is such a good ambience in the classroom, and there are so many nationalities! – rejoices Sara, who stayed to study in her home town of Kokkola.Sara found her study place with the help of the study counselor in high school. She was a bit nervous about applying to a foreign language degree programme and whether her language skills would be sufficient to study.

- English has always been my favourite language, that’s why it is so wonderful to be able to use it every day!

Nguyen, who is from Vietnam, wanted to go to study abroad in order to become independent and to get a taste of an international life.

- I found Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences a bit by accident, but luckily I found it, says Nguyen with a chuckle.

- My language skills have been improving all the time during my studies. I enjoy my studies here; I was positively surprised by how close and helpful the teachers are towards students.By experience, Nguyen knows that one of most famous stereotypes concerning Finnish people is nothing close to the truth.

- Finnish people are definitely not silent people! Kokkola is a lovely town; the citizens are really friendly and nice people. I hope that in the future I can find a job where I can work with both Finnish and Vietnamese people.

Sara Koskinen and Nguyen Le Huyen, Business Management


International internships are the most interesting

My time at Centria studying in the Degree Programme in Business Management has been a wonderful experience and career ushering process for me. A class of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures certainly creates the environment in which people can develop themselves in cultural understanding and tolerance.

Having mentioned that, the most interesting thing about the entire business programme is the possibility of students to undertake international internships. Work placement is an integral part of the study programme. Students have the opportunity to undertake their job placement in any country on the globe including the country of study and the students’ home countries.

I was rather fortunate to have undertaken my internship with a Chamber of Commerce in Wroclaw, Poland, called the Lower Silesia Chamber of Commerce. The international office of this department and the international office of the Ylivieska unit were very instrumental in the international internship opportunity that I had. I must say the international offices of the various units of the entire Centria are very helpful and keen on supporting students in every way within their capacity. They could ALMOST perform magic!

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree certificate from the department and have been admitted into the University of Vaasa to further my studies in a Master’s Degree Programme in Finance beginning in the 2010/11 academic year.

I had the opportunity to work in Centria project called EXIMIN ( as a project worker under the auspices of the BBA department. EXIMIN, making Africa known to companies, is a host of opportunities for students, in terms of finding practical training, finding an assignment (paid or unpaid) to serve as final thesis and even just finding a job whilst in school or after school with a countless number of companies who are partners of the EXIMIN project. I would strongly advice students to get involved in the EXIMIN project to explore the advantages there within.

The BBA programme of Centria is most definitely the programme for people who want to study business with a strong focus on internationality and want to become better managers.

Dayann Obeng-Darko, Business Management


Exchange in Iceland was rewarding

As I begin my third year at Centria I know I made the right choice in coming here. I have been able to study abroad, participate in other intercultural events that have helped me in my studies along the way and I have also done my internship in a Finnish International company.

I studied abroad for one semester in Iceland, studying there was different and very rewarding. Iceland as a country is very beautiful with horses and waterfalls just around the corner (and I mean every corner) and of course your occasional volcanic eruption now and then. The experience was great, sometimes it was difficult to adjust to a new culture, but to be given the chance to take part, in an experience like this has  given me a lot.

During the summer I decided to start my internship at Baltic Yachts, a Finnish yacht building company located on the coast. My internship has been great, I have learned a lot of new things about office work and the programs that are used in most companies, I have also had to put my skills to work. Baltic Yachts being an international company has made me use of all my language skills. Being a Swedish speaking Finn gives me an advantage when it comes to customer service here along the coast, surely you also need finnish. I have had to rely on my Italian and German which I studied my first year and of course my English which has become more and more natural for me.

Languages for me are very important that is also one reason why Centria was a choice for me, you can take a lot of different language courses here, which in my opinion is very good. Also the fact that there are exchange students and full time students from abroad at Centria is nice. You get to meet new people and new cultures almost every day and in the classroom you can stir it up a lot when comparing countries with each other.

Choosing the BBA program has definitely worked out brilliant for me. I had a hard time choosing where to go and in which language to study in. English just seemed somehow natural for me and during these few years of studying it has improved a lot. I have discovered that you shouldn’t let the language be a problem because in the future you won’t remember if you were good or bad.

Someday I hope to work at an international company where I can put my skills to work, I’m hoping that this is the way to do it. I’m looking forward to my last year and all the new things a head of me, maybe I’ll see you around!

Pamela Kastrén, Business Management


More information about studies:

BBA Head and Principal Lecturer Janne Peltoniemi
tel. +358 40 808 5127


More information about application:

Admissions Office, tel. +358 40 8086604,

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