where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra University Advantage

  • Learn in small classes from professors who have extensive business experience.
  • Engage in a values-driven curriculum that links business practices with ethics, spirituality and social entrepreneurship.
  • There's always something happening in the Zapara School of Business. Enjoy beach trips and club activities with classmates and faculty, and most importantly, have free snacks and beverages in the lobby!
  • Access opportunities for leadership and career development through membership on La Sierra University’s world cup-winning Enactus team.

The Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business attracts students from around the world who are motivated by a commitment to integrity, compassion and social justice in the world of business. We believe that getting a first-class business education means linking business with faith and hands-on service opportunities. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Encouragement to become an innovative problem-solver.
  • Learning that service to others through your career can be your calling.
  • Participation in research projects with faculty or students.
  • A strong business foundation for professional practice.
  • A dean whose door is always open to students.
  • Internship opportunities in a wide variety of business settings.
  • Preparation for a lifetime of using business skills and creativity to change the world.

Business & Management Undergraduate Programs

Accounting Bachelor of Science

The School of Business offers students an engaging experience in accounting. All of our accounting professors hold master's degrees or above, are Certified Public Accountants (CPA), and have extensive professional experience in the field. Our 80-unit major curriculum prepares students for a number of applicable careers with a real-world focus on learning and the course experience.

Business & Society Bachelor of Science

Our program in Business & Society prepares business students for the study and practice of law, with a particular emphasis on business and economic issues related to law. It also provides useful preparation for careers in, or the advanced study of areas including public policy and urban and regional planning.

Fast Facts Accounting Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units84
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Business & Society Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units76
AccreditationWASC

Customized Major B.A. Bachelor of Arts

A student with clearly defined academic objectives not readily achievable through an existing SB degree program may receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Business after the completion of a special curriculum approved by the SB dean’s office. A customized major program is designed to meet needs not fully met by existing curricula. Its curriculum must not simply duplicate that of an existing university degree program. It should, however, compare favorably in coherence, scope, and rigor with other baccalaureate curricula of the university and should offer the breadth necessary to a liberal education.

Customized Major B.S. Bachelor of Science

A student with clearly defined academic objectives not readily achievable through an existing SB degree program may receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business after the completion of a special curriculum approved by the SB dean’s office. A customized major program is designed to meet needs not fully met by existing curricula. Its curriculum must not simply duplicate that of an existing university degree program. It should, however, compare favorably in coherence, scope, and rigor with other baccalaureate curricula of the university and should offer the breadth necessary to a liberal education.

Fast Facts Customized Major Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units52 (Minimum)
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Customized Major Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units52 (Minimum)
AccreditationWASC

"We'll change the way you see business. We'll change the way you see the world."

John Thomas, Dean

Finance Bachelor of Science

The Zapara School of Business offers students an engaging experience in the study of finance. All of our finance professors hold doctorate-level degrees and engage in both research and professional work in the field. Students who graduate from La Sierra's accounting and finance programs are strong candidates for a wide range of well-paying jobs. 

Health Care Management Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in health care management is designed for the student who wishes to combine the study of business with preparation for admission to post-baccalaureate study in one of the health professions. While incorporating core requirements for admission to medical and dental school, it also features a lean array of business courses designed to equip students to understand the increasingly complex world of managed health care.

Fast Facts Finance Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units80
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Health Care Management program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units48
AccreditationWASC

ENACTUS (formerly Students In Free Enterprise)

ENACTUS offers business students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and make a difference. Applying lessons learned in the classroom, our students develop and implement ground breaking, world changing solutions for people in need. It's no surprise that of more than 1,600 ENACTUS teams from nearly 40 countries, our students have been selected as national and international champions six times.

Human Resource Management Bachelor of Arts

Human resource management students in the School of Business enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities with quality instruction and engagement by the best in the business. La Sierra University is located in Riverside County, one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Our students take full advantage of this through engagement in internship opportunities, class visits from experienced and knowledgeable local professionals, and participation in the highly active La Sierra University chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Management Bachelor of Arts

In today's global marketplace, every worker and workplace can benefit from good management skills. Students interested in becoming business professionals and students entering into pre-professional programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, therapy and more benefit from a solid foundation in management.

Fast Facts Human Resource Management Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units80
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Management Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units60
AccreditationWASC

"It was through the School of Business and its clubs that I was able to build my network and have a job lined up after graduation."

Helder Costa, 2011 Graduate
Working for United Way

Marketing Bachelor of Science

Every step in the development and assessment of a business, product, service, and experience involves marketing. Through a quality classroom experience provided by experienced and engaging professors, our students gain and develop the knowledge, skill and ability to be successful in this ever-changing field.

Political Economy Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in political economy prepares students for the advanced study of economics. It is also a useful preparation for careers in, or the advanced study of areas including law, political science, public policy, and urban and regional planning.

Fast Facts Political economy Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units88
AccreditationWASC

Fast Facts Marketing Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units76
AccreditationWASC

Business Doesn't Look Like This Anymore... Why should your degree?

To prepare for today's business world, you need a business-ready degree. In the Zapara School of Business, all of our degrees are designed using the most current tools, resources, and information. So leave that 30-year-old textbook at home and get ready for an education you can use right now!

Here's what you can expect:

  • A dean whose door is always open to students
  • An innovation lab where you can develop new product ideas and prototypes
  • A clear career path and a global outlook
  • Faculty who are experts academically and professionally
  • Internships, networking, and career resources
  • Access funding opportunities, office space, and our "Resident Entrepreneur" to launch your business idea
  • Opportunities to use your business skills and creativity to change the world

Meet our Faculty

John Thomas
Gary Chartier
Lee Reynolds
Elias G. Rizkallah
George O. Ogum
Danette Zurek
Dulce L. Peña
S. Eric Anderson
Kristine Webster
Keith Howson
David Albrecht
Fredrick Clarke
Jere L. Fox
Peni Tupou Fukofuka
 
 
 
 

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.