Generic competences

After completing the studies you will have the following competences:

  • Generic competences
  • Professional competences
  • Official language competence
  • Official language competence

You can read about the generic competences and language competence in the section on competences.

Degree specific competences

After completing a degree in Business Administration you as a student have knowledge of the following professional competences:

  • The functions and environment of the enterprise: The student has a solid knowledge in entrepreneurship, organisation and leadership, jurisprudence, economics, logistics, accounting and marketing. They can apply business administrational theories to plan and develop the business activities of varied types of enterprises and organisations. The student can take responsibility of business activities and has the skills needed to lead individuals in smaller development projects.
  • Information systems: The student can innovatively make use of practical Information System/Information Technology applications and has a comprehensive view of information technology as a central tool for development and streamlining of the operations of an enterprise. The student can handle development projects connected to the IS/IT applications of the enterprise.
  • Methodology: The student has a mathematical, statistical and analytical knowledge to support special knowledge in business administration. They have the ability to systematically solve complex problems within business administration. The student can independently lead and/or participate in research projects within business administration.
  • Business administration-specific knowledge: The student has an in-depth knowledge of and can take responsibility for leading and controlling a chosen special area of business administration: Financial Management, International Business Logistics, Marketing or Tourism with focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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 employment market regardless of which specialisation they have chosen.

Statistics regarding the work placement of Business Administration students can be found on the webpages of the Union of Professional Business Graduates in Finland:

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 three 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.

Licentiate and doctoral degrees

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

Specialisation studies

The professional competence can also be developed by attending specialisation studies. Specialisation studies are arranged in a flexible way and are therefore suitable for persons in working life.