Business Management, Enterprise resource planning (ERP)

Tutkinto: Bachelor of Business Administration
Opintomuoto: Päivätoteutus
Opintojen laajuus: 3,5 vuotta, 210 opintopistettä
Kampus: Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 23
Haku alkaa: 20.3.2019
Haku päättyy: 3.4.2019
Haku päättyy 3.4.2019 klo 15.00

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.


Your future

The Degree Programme in Business Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provides skills and expertise in a large body of business and technology fields. Students can start, manage and maintain their own firms or develop their professions further in any local or international company, either in Finland or abroad. Graduates have the abilities to work in different fields in business and technology. They are capable of adapting and managing changes in the working life environments.

The programme provides added value to the BBA degree, meaning that graduates are skilled in managing SAP ERP solutions and may apply to positions requiring knowledge about SAP.

Centria works in close collaboration with many small & medium size and large companies, which are sharing their experience in using SAP and thus providing hands-on experience to the students, as well as offering work placements and thesis projects to Centria’s students.


About the area

There are more small and medium-sized international companies located around Centria, 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! Also, various sectors in the coastline around Kokkola are vital for the local economy. Throughout the studies, students examine the growth of business enterprises from the business concept to a fully operational company in the international market, especially from the ERP/SAP point of view. Local companies and industries, as well as national corporations, are collaborating with Centria to support the student path in Business Management Programme. 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 several 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.


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


Lisätietoja koulutuksesta:
yliopettaja Janne Peltoniemi, p. 040 808 5127,

Lisätietoja hakemisesta:
Hakijapalvelut, p. 040 808 6604,




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