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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: 16
Haku alkaa: 5.1.2022
Haku päättyy: 19.1.2022
Haku päättyy 19.1.2022 klo 15.00

Centria University of Applied Sciences offers a bachelor’s degree programme that focuses on enterprise resource planning, especially SAP software solutions. This programme is perfect for you, who want to study business management but also get specialised ERP expertise on top of that. The demand for ERP skilled employees is rising all the time, so now is a great time to get an education that meets the needs of the businesses but also offers lots of work opportunities.


The BBA studies at Centria UAS are very practically oriented. You will start your studies from the basics, so you don’t need previous business studies or work experience. In your studies, you will focus on ERP/SAP. You will study subjects, such as ERP systems and their functionalities, data warehousing, business process modelling and advanced business intelligence. All of the subjects are closely related to ERP/SAP. This knowledge will be your specialised competitive edge in the labour markets after your graduation.

You will study many business-related subjects, such as economics, management accounting and environmental management. You will get to know business processes related to, for example, strategic management. Your studies include courses in human resources management, and you will learn how to develop HR processes. You will also study research and development related subjects to support you in the thesis project that you will do during your last study year. You can also join different research and development projects and other customer projects, in which you can practice the skills you have learned during your studies. You will deepen your knowledge in information technology, and you will learn more about computing, the basics of programming and relational Databases & SQL. During your studies, you will also develop your social skills, interpersonal skills, self-management skills, language and communication skills and innovativeness. All the studies are organized in a multicultural environment since our students represent over 40 nationalities.

Centria University of Applied Sciences works in close collaboration with some of the biggest employers in the field of SAP in Finland. Centria has an SAP Next-Gen Lab environment that serves as a learning environment for our BBA SAP students. The enterprise resource planning lecturers at Centria are SAP certified, and we also offer our students a chance to develop the knowledge and skills required for an SAP certification (TERP10). Centria is also a member of the SAP University Alliance, which means we can provide our students with access to the SAP Business Suite family of software solutions. Centria is a member of the SAP University Alliance, and therefore we can offer our students access to the SAP Business Suite family of software solutions. This enables you to take the classroom theory into practice, through demonstrations, exercises, case studies, and research.


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.



Structure of studies

The BBA studies consist of core studies and profiling studies, practical training and a thesis project. The scope of the degree programme is 210 ECTS, and it will take around 3,5 years to finish your studies.

The studies are conducted in English, and the teaching is organised on weekdays on our Talonpojankatu campus in Kokkola. Some of the courses are offered as online studies and the studies require some independent work. However, you will also work in groups on different projects and assignments while practising your communication and teamwork skills.

Your BBA studies are focusing on ERP/SAP. Centria has an SAP Next-Gen Lab environment that serves as a learning environment for our BBA SAP students. Our partner companies offer our students different study cases, which you can work on in our Next-Gen Lab with your fellow students. The projects are usually done together with project teams from companies. These projects and cases can be related to, for example, management reporting, utilisation of data in business decision-making and the development of new digital solutions. In your studies, you can focus on a specific ERP area of your own choice.

The Bachelor’s thesis is a down-to-earth planning project, development project or research project. The thesis project aims to prove that you command the theories and processes related to the field of the business and can adapt them in practice. The thesis project will deepen your professional know-how and give you versatile readiness to operate in the different tasks of management, marketing or financial management. The thesis project is often done as an assignment for some company as either independent or pair work.


Your future

The Bachelors of Business Administration have versatile employment opportunities. The graduates can work in many different positions in sales and marketing, development, financial management and general administration. Some of the Bachelors of Business Administration work as entrepreneurs.

A bachelor’s degree in business management with ERP/SAP specialisation allows you to work in various positions. The majority of our alumni work in private companies. There is a demand for business management professionals and SAP experts also in the public sector. In the future, you can work in sales or marketing, in development management or financial management, to mention a few possibilities. Some of our students have also set up a company, and they work as entrepreneurs. Lots of opportunities are waiting for business management professionals.

In the future, your potential occupational title can be

  • export or import manager,
  • sales representative,
  • marketing manager,
  • key accountant,
  • office manager,
  • project manager,
  • purchasing manager,
  • CEO,
  • financial manager,
  • human resource manager and
  • entrepreneur.


International Centria

Centria has about 130 partner universities around the world, and you can spend a semester or a whole academic year in one of our partner universities. Centria offers three business-related bachelor’s programmes in English, and you are free to choose courses from all of the programmes according to your motivation. You can also do practical training abroad or at an international company in Finland.

You can integrate your studies at Centria with a business degree in our specific university partners in France and China by spending one year in one of those universities. You will receive two international degrees through one programme, which is a real opportunity for you. This possibility is worth taking – especially if you want to strengthen your language skills and get international experience.

The different internationalisation possibilities offered by our UAS are worth benefitting from because many companies appreciate good language and communication skills and international experience.


Postgraduate studies

After you have completed your bachelor’s degree and you have gained at least two years of work experience, you can apply to Centria’s master’s degree programmes. Centria offers several master’s programmes in business management in Finnish and English. You can also continue your studies at a university in Finland or abroad.

How to apply?

Spring 2022 First Joint Application Round

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 (English page) or here (Finnish page). The application period will end on 19 January 2022 at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

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

Behind the link, choose Joint application. 

Selection methods in Joint Application


Centria University of Applied Sciences uses the following student selection methods during the first joint application 2022: 

International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam: 75% of study places

Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA): 25% of study places


International University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Exam

International UAS Exam is a joint digital entrance exam of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS), used for selecting students to English-conducted study programmes leading to a Bachelor's degree.

The entrance examination assesses the applicants’ abilities to study at UAS. The entrance examination does not contain any pre-reading materials or pre-tasks.

The entrance exam consists of two phases organized remotely online:

First phase: written examination

Second phase: group interview

Please read more information about the selection methods on the UASinfo website.


Certificate-based selection (Finnish Matriculation Examination, IB, EB, RP/DIA)

It’s possible to be selected through certificate-based student selection if you have: 

  • A minimum grade C in advanced English (degree programmes in the field of business and engineering)
  • A minimum grade C in advanced English and basic syllabus grade C or advanced syllabus grade A in Mathematics (degree programmes in the field of engineering)

Opiskelijatarinat - Business Management


Katja Kujala 



Don duma 



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




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


More information about studying and applying

Information about studying

Janne Peltoniemi
p. 040 808 5127 

Information about applying

Admissions Services
p. 040 808 6604 





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