General information


ICT competence is needed in producing and utilising all modern services. It is estimated that ICT will grow into the field with the most employees in the world by the end of this decade. In the degree programme in Business Information Technology, you can develop into an ICT professional. The focus of the degree programme is game development, but the acquired learning can also be applied in more traditional ICT positions.

The first year of Business Information Technology starts with the basics, including studies in programming, databases and multimedia. The second year features practical product development aimed at creating game software or other types of software. The work is done as part of a project team. During the third year, the students can focus on practical training, developing their own company or exchange studies abroad.

Project work enables specialisation in different areas: the students can develop information systems, implement online stores, produce, write scripts for and program games and create graphics or other digital content.

​Degree level

Bachelor's degree (EQF 6)

Starting group code


Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.


Targeted competence

In the degree programme in Business Information Technology, graduates understand information systems and software as a whole, as well as their production, procurement and commissioning process. They also understand the basic principles of information management from the point of view of developing the operations. They can specify, design and test software, databases and user interfaces. They can document and interpret documentation while maintaining software, for example, and they are able to design and implement training.

Graduates also understand the nature of various ICT projects and project activities as a whole in the organisation. They understand the importance of systematic operating methods in project work and are able to act responsibly in various projects. They can use and apply the methods of both ICT and multidisciplinary project design and management. They can identify risks in both ICT projects and entrepreneurship and prepare for them.

Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in ICT understand the key processes and functions of business, and they understand the importance of IT as a part of the organisation's functioning and its role in developing the operations. They understand the particular product development process of information systems or game development from ideas to a finished product and its management, marketing and commercialisation. They have the basic knowledge and skills related to entrepreneurship. They are able to develop business processes and seek support from IT for the solutions. They understand the importance of agreements, offers, licences and copyrights in their own work, and they know how to serve customers.

Through projects carried out during their studies, professionals who have graduated from the degree programme in Business Information Technology have also specialised further in a particular fields of ICT or business competence that actively utilises ICT technologies. Such fields can be, for example, programming web-based applications and services, game development, e-business, social media or other new innovations as a support for business and marketing, entrepreneurship, information systems that support business, or graphic communication that utilises digital media.

​Degree profile

The profile of graduates of the degree programme in Business Information Technology features especially the production of applications built on a web platform, game development, project competence and entrepreneurial work, as well as the mastery of modern ICT technologies.

Structure of studies in Peppi

Individual courses


Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and admission

Structure and completion of studies

The total competence target of the degree programme in Business Information Technology is divided into competences constructed during 3.5 years. During each study year, the students acquire the capability of mastering working-life oriented themes on a certain level; they have been divided as follows:

First year Basic ICT skills
Second year: ICT project skills
Third year: ICT professional
Fourth year: ICT expert

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

​Assessment and learning guidance

Forms of study

Full-time studies


To be awarded a Bachelor’s degree certificate, the student must complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

Employment and further studies

​Professional profiles of graduates with examples

Examples of the employment of graduates of the degree programme in Business Information Technology and the skills required by the positions:

• Country manager for Finland for an international online shop, interaction skills, online business and online store technologies.
• Product manager, various technologies.
• Production manager, marketing, web technologies, business.
• System developer, information systems that support businesses and their development.
• Software designer, programming, design, specifications and project work.
• Expert in the management of outsourced IT applications, specifications, information management tasks and technologies.
• Entrepreneur, information system infrastructures and related technologies.
• Usability engineer, testing, software development, specifications.


Further studies

The students may, after graduation and a work career of at least three years, continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. Studies can also be continued by applying for a university Master’s degree programme or similar programmes. After a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, it is also possible to continue studies at higher education institutes abroad in Master’s degree level programmes.

In addition, the University of Applied Sciences offers continuing education possibilities in specialisation studies and in working life-based continuing education. A student who completes an upper post-secondary degree may receive an opportunity for further studies in science or arts at universities (Section 37/558/2009). All further studies must be applied for separately.

After completing the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Business Information Technology, the graduates have good opportunities for continuing in a master's degree programme at the University of Jyväskylä, for example.

​Other information


The needs of contact persons from working life have been taken into account based on feedback received in connection with projects etc. In addition, a representative of the degree programme in Business Information Technology has been involved in Central Finland in the ELMO network for e-commerce, the EXPA game industry network and the active ICT club. The ICT club includes representatives of companies, government agencies and the University of Jyväskylä. Through the degree programme in Business Information Technology, JAMK is also a member of Neogames, a Finnish game industry association.

Contact information

Mika Karhulahti, Lecturer, +358 40 566 8036
Rajakatu 35
FI-40200 Jyväskylä