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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: 50
Next application round is planned for spring 2022

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 with 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, 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 at 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 keen in.

The partner companies will offer final thesis, internship and project work possibilities to Centria’s students. For 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! With 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, which 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 two years of work experience, you can pursue your studies and apply for Centria’s MBA programme.


How to apply?


Applying with a qualification completed outside Finland 

The next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be arranged between 5 January and 19 January 2022. The offered programmes and more information about them can be found here. The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2). This application period is going to be only for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland. For applicants accepted in this application round, the studies are set to begin in August 2022.

More information concerning the application process for applicants applying with a qualification completed outside Finland can be found here.

APPLICATION LINK (will be published in January 2022):



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 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 is a great learning environment 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


More information about studies

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


More information about application

Admissions Services
tel. +358 40 808 6604

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