Qualification awarded: Yrkeshögskoleexamen i företagsekonomi, Tradenom; equivalent to Bachelor of Business Administration
Level of qualification: 1st cycle
Scope: 210 ECTS credits
Duration: 3.5 years
Mode of study: full-time
Language of tuition: Swedish
Programme director: Susanna Fabricius

The education in Business Administration aims at educating both nationally and internationally oriented, innovative persons with an advanced, practical professionalism for the modern commerce and industry. The programme provides you with a solid understanding of the different areas of business administration, skills in methodology and information processing for business development as well as an advanced knowledge within one specialisation option (financial management, logistics, marketing or tourism). The curriculum is complemented by language studies and many courses are also taught in English.

Placement in working life/career opportunities

When you graduate in Business Administration you have the skills needed for a career in enterprises and organisations of various kinds. Often you begin in assistant positions or as expert from where you proceed to positions as foreman or manager

Your title can e.g. be:

Purchasing Manager – Product Category Manager – Key account Manager – Online Marketing Manager – Trademark Assistant – Sales Assistant – Logistics Manager – Distribution Coordinator – Purchaser – Exhibition Coordinator – IT Manager – Marketing Assistant – Sales Manager – Project Planner – Consultant – Customer Advisor – Controller – Project Manager – Financial Assistant – Chief Accountant

Generally speaking it can be pointed out that Business Administration students from Arcada have succeeded well in the labour market regardless of which specialisation they have completed.

Statistics regarding the work placement of Business Administration students can be found on the webpages of the Union of Professional Business Graduates in Finland: www.tradenomiliitto.fi External link

Further studies

Master’s degree at a university of applied sciences

Did you know that students who have completed a bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences and acquired at least two years’ experience in working life can deepen their professional competence by completing a master’s degree at the university of applied sciences? A master’s degree programme consists of 60 or 90 ects credits and can often be completed while working.

A master’s degree from a university of applied sciences provides eligibility for public employment with requirement of higher academic degree.

Arcada offers master’s programmes of different kinds, e.g. International Business Management.

Master’s degree at a university

After a bachelor’s degree completed at a university of applied sciences, students can apply to a master’s degree programme at a university. The second-cycle university degree usually consists of 120 credits (2 years of full-time study). The admission decisions are made by the receiving higher education institution.

Doctoral degrees

A person who has graduated with a master's degree has access to third-cycle university programmes (doctoral degrees) at universities. The university assesses individually for each case whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge and skills for university postgraduate education.

Research, development and innovation

The research areas of the institution, Digital Marketing and Big Data, have achieved a high status both within Arcada and externally. This means that you as a student can participate in various research projects and that the studies are connected to these research areas.


Within the context of the education we collaborate with several enterprises in the region, and as a student you can perform actual assignments for these.