Degree requirements for bachelor's degree in business administration with awarded qualification Bachelor of Business Administration, Tradenom YH (210 ECTS)

Overall competences

The bachelor’s degree 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 studies provides you with a solid understanding of the different areas of business administration, skills in methodology and in information systems and information processing for business development as well as an advanced knowledge within a specialization option of your choice. You understand the importance of collaborative learning, and sharing knowledge within your own working community. The degree is also complemented by language studies.  All courses are taught entirely in English

The structure of the studies

Please note that Arcada UAS has the right to change names of courses listed in each module below or replace courses within modules.   

Basic studies (60 ECTS)

General basic studies (30 ECTS)


Core competences

Students who have an international educational background can communicate professionally in English in various situations, and can also understand and use basic words and phrases in Swedish in familiar communicative situations.

The study module consists of the following studies

Swedish for Beginners 1 5
Swedish for Beginners 2 5
Academic Writing 5

Students who have a Finnish educational background and graduating from a university of applied sciences shall be able to communicate in both of the domestic languages, as well as in English. You shall fulfil the competence requirements, according to the law (424/2003, 6§), for public sector employees and be able to function professionally in different language situations within your area. You are able to adjust your language appropriately to various communicative situations and have the tools and conditions to develop your communicative abilities. For these students Swedish for Foreigners courses are replaced by:

Svenska för finskspråkiga/Modersmålssvenska 5
Finska  5


Core competences

This module will introduce global business aspects, contexts and an understanding of cultural interaction importance. You understand and respect the equality of all people and cultural diversity. You learn how to critically review information and how to express and argue for your own views in various professional, social and cultural contexts both verbally and in writing. You also learn how to consider ethical questions and sustainability. You learn different IT tools and applications in use in today’s business world. This study module will also help you to understand the study environment at Arcada and the complexity of academic studies. This means that you will take responsibility for your own professional development and of your autonomous learning processes, and that you will develop and strengthen analytical skills.

The study module consists of the following courses

Arcada 360 5
Introduction to Academic studies 5
Intercultural Business 5

Field-specific basic studies (30 ECTS)


Core competences

After completing this module, you will have a broad understanding of business administration and corporate functions. You learn secure, critical and creative use of digital technology and web services. You understand how business mathematics is used to support better decision-making.

The study module consists of the following courses

Introduction to Business Administration 5
Business Mathematics and Statistics 5
Introduction to Marketing 5
Introduction to the Tourism Industry 5
Introduction to Business Logistics 5
Introduction to Financial Management 5

Professional studies (90 ECTS)

After the first study year, which is common to both international and native students, you will choose your specialization area for your professional studies. Four different options (alternative specialization areas) are offered: Financial Management, Logistics, Marketing and Tourism.

During your third study year you will choose one out of three advanced professional study modules offered: Organisational Development, Business Insight or Management or Service Development. All courses are lectured in English.

Practical studies, 30 ECTS are also part of professional studies.


Core competences

You have a good knowledge of the organisation ́s financial management processes, from daily accounting to financial statements and tax issues. You can prepare financial analyses for product costing, investment decisions or to support other important business decisions. You are familiar with the effect of the financial markets on businesses and have a basic understanding of the dynamics of the global economy.

The study module consists of the following courses

Financial Accounting 5
Management Accounting 5
Financial Analyses 5
Budgeting and Management Reporting 5
Business Systems in Financial Management 5
Corporate Finance 5


Core competences

You are able to manage the entire chain involved in the flow of goods in an international context. You can plan and perform various assignments within purchasing and related warehouse optimization. You are familiar with how to use Logistics business systems in a practical context. You understand and are able to optimize and manage the complexity of supply chain in business.

The study module consists of the following courses

International Trade 5
Purchasing  5
Forwarding 5
Business Systems in Logistics 5
Warehousing and Optimization  5
Supply Chain Management 5


Core competences

The courses give you an overall picture of the different areas of marketing. You master the main marketing concepts and models. You can plan, implement and report smaller projects related to various marketing tasks. You also have insights into the growing arena of digital marketing and you can utilize various digital tools to communicate with customers.

The study module consists of the following courses

Strategic Marketing and Research 5
Digital Commerce 5
Digital Marketing Landscape 5
Consumer Behaviour 5
Marketing Communication and Branding  5
Growth Marketing 5


Core competences

The student will master various aspects of the tourism industry, apply and develop different branch specific models and concepts. You will have a thorough understanding of what possibilities and challenges digitalization can induce in order to control, to market and to distribute accommodating services, destinations, attractions and transportation. You will also gain competences in sustainable development in the field of tourism.

The study module consists of the following courses

Tourism in a Contemporary World 5
Hospitality Management 5
Distribution Channels 5
Environmental and Social Responsibility 5
Digital Service Development 5
Destination Management 5


Core competences

You will gain a good understanding of various elements of organizational behaviour, which is applicable to any role in any organization, and specifically in jobs related to development, management training, HR management and development, change management, and other processes related to organizational development. You will learn the basics of behaviour and gain an understanding of the underlying drivers of well-being and motivation, and how to promote them in organizations in practice. Furthermore, you will gain insight into the different functions of HRM, and become familiar with concepts such organizational culture, change management, leadership, learning organization, and the legal side of people management. All courses provide you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

The study module consists of the following courses

Introduction to Leadership 5
Team leadership 5
Organisational functions and culture 5
Project Management 5
Organisational Change 5


Core competences

The module gives you the skills to understand and analyse different type of financial and operational data using modern business intelligence tools. These analyses will give you an understanding of the sustainability and risk of your business and help you make innovative and evidence based decisions.

The study module consists of the following courses

Business Data Modelling 5
Analysing Customer Data 5
Analysing Operational Data 5
Analysing Financial Data 5
Risk Management and Sustainability 5
AI for Business 5


Core competences

This module gives you a broad understanding of the effect of digitalisation in today's businesses environments, activities and strategies. Digitalisation fundamentally transform organisations and you are  introduced to the latest trends and gain knowledge in areas such as strategies, sales, service design, customer experience management and customer relations. You get hands-on skills in both the latest methods and the platforms used in companies today.

The study module consists of the following courses

Strategies in a digital economy 5
Service Design 5
Visual Communication Design 5
Inbound Marketing 5
Customer experience management (Marketing automatization) 5
Business Competence 5


Core competences

The purpose of the practical training is to provide the student with the possibility to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from education in working life and become familiar with central tasks within the specific area of the field in question. The main purpose of the practical training is to build an understanding of the connection of theory and practice, and to through examples see how theory is applied in practice. During the second practical training period students are required to do their practical training within their specialization field of competence and the content of the practical training should support the specialization option. The focus should be on independent responsibility.

Practical studies consists of following parts

Practical studies 1 is a general practical training in professional life (e.g. within commerce, industry, municipalities, organizations and associations). During the first training period, basic studies are integrated in the practical training so that the student analyses their environment from the perspective of general business management.

Practical studies 2 are a specialization according to field of competence.

Practical studies are planned to take place during the fourth period in study year 2 and 3. This is more a recommendation than a rule –the student can take these study modules also during summer or in parallel with other studies; whatever fits in the personal study plan best. 

Elective extension studies (30 ECTS)

During academic year 2019-2020, following extension modules will be offered (in English):

Finnish Language 15
Entrepreneurship 15
Making Sense of Leadership 15
Banking 15
Digital Transformation 15
Languages 10/15

Degree thesis and methodology (30 ECTS)

Core competences

The Degree Thesis is a proof of your achieved knowledge and skills within your chosen specialization area, which also shows that you are able to make independent reflections. You can produce a publication, which summarizes the development of an independent project. You know the principals  and methods within research and development work and you are able to use web and database services to find reliable and relevant information. You can apply accepted ethical principles of good study and research praxis.

The study module consists of the following courses

Communication and Public Speaking 5
Methodology 5
Seminars 5
Degree Thesis Work 15