where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The School of Business at La Sierra University has for decades been a catalyst for creating value and making a difference by developing innovative business leaders with a commitment to integrity, justice and compassion. Earning your MBA at La Sierra will transform your understanding of business, provide exciting opportunities, and show you how to use business skills to change the world.

In recognition of the Zaparas’ generous lead gift for a new building, the university announced the renaming of the School of Business as the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business as of July 1, 2012, honoring the spirit of excellence in entrepreneurship of these two alumni and their support of faith-based business education.

The elegant 60,000 sq. ft. building near the university’s main entrance, allows us to nearly double our number of students. With construction already underway, we look forward to moving in by Spring 2013, and to celebrating excellence in business education with you.

Creating value and making a difference are both essential for today’s business leaders. The Zapara School of Business develops leaders who create value and make a difference. We believe getting a first-class education means linking business with faith and beginning a lifetime of using business skills and entrepreneurial creativity to change the world.

Create value. The School of Business is pervaded by a culture of entrepreneurship. We’ll equip you to develop innovative products and processes that enrich the world. Budding entrepreneurs receive expert mentoring that helps them to refine their ideas and bring them to market.

Make a difference. We’re committed to preparing students to make a difference—to employ business skills and creativity to enhance the lives of people around the world. Along with classes in core busi- ness skill areas, we offer integrative coursework designed to help you link values with your work-life. And our community engagement activities offer you invaluable experience and help you transform people’s lives.

We offer the following:

Master of Science

OUR SCHOOL OF BUSINESS is revolutionary. We are world changers—thinkers who can never be boxed in, dreamers who adapt and implement their dreams.

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Master of Business Administration

Management MBA

Leading to one of the most diverse career paths available, an education in management includes aspects of all areas in business. From analyzing operations, to managing materials and employees, to strategic planning, a student of management learns what makes organizations and business tick.A degree in Management can lead to a rewarding career in any field. From a physician opening a private practice, to a scientist leading a research team, to a foreman on a construction site, all benefit solid foundation in business and management education.

HR Management MBA

Essential to the success of any growing business, human resource management can mean the difference between a motivated and productive workforce and a loss of competitive advantage in the marketplace. The world today has plenty of workers with degrees in business, and it takes much more than just a degree to compete with them. Employers today want employees not only competent in their field but who can communicate effectively, work in and lead teams, and are able to observe and analyze a situation to quickly identify the best solution.

I chose La Sierra for the nature of the school. After spending 35 years in business, I am a little wiser and wanted to concentrate on the intersection of management and ethics. “Business doesn’t have to be consumptive, exploitive and mechanical it can be more people-oriented. The people at La Sierra are seeking ways to do that, from building sustainable economic architecture

Eric Lee, MBA Alumnus

Finance MBA

Due to the highly competitive but rewarding nature of related careers, the right education and opportunities for experience are an essential start for any student in finance. Most degree holders in Finance enter into careers as financial analysts, financial advisors, or financial managers. In an organization, financial managers are often responsible for the management of investments, financial reports, and strategic planning and goal-setting to support the mission and vision of the organization.

Marketing MBA

With its healthy projected job growth and diverse array of options for specialization, marketing represents one of the most exciting fields in business. From managing overall marketing strategies for an business, to handling public relations, to forming and managing sales and business-to-business (B2B) accounts and processes, the work of marketers can make or break a business in a competitive environment.

Professor Jere Fox is associate professor of Law and Management. Before joining La Sierra University, his law practice of more than thirty years specialized in civil litigation related to business, real estate, and pro- bate matters. As a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, he also specialized in wills, trusts, and estate planning. His research and lecture interests include contemporary Constitutional issues related to religious freedom and the right of privacy, as well as church history issues related to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Jere L. Fox, JD, MA Associate Professor

Law, Policy, and Ethics MBA

Management theory and business philosophy are furthered by those studying the development of and interactions between business ethics, economic development, poverty, fraud, organizational dynamics, game theory, negotiation, and legal issues. The Law, Policy, and Ethics concentration within our General Management program provides an excellent foundation for students entering careers in business, law, healthcare, non-profits, and more.

With a wealth of research and industry experience, Dr. Elias Rizkallah, professor of marketing and management, brings cutting edge knowledge to the classroom. Originally from Lebanon, Dr. Rizkallah earned his PhD in Marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests include: strategic marketing planning, international marketing, marketing models and consumer behavior. His philosophy: Your life is a gift from God; what you do with it is your gift to Him.

Elias G. Rizkallah, PhD Professor

Master of Science in Accountancy

Accountancy Master of Science

While other fields may experience slow job growth, demand for graduates experienced in accounting continues to rise in the United States. This program is designed to help students meet the education requirements for the CPA exam and California CPA licensure requirement. In an effort to standardize education requirements. the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy is encouraging all state boards to require substantially equivalent educational requirements with 150 semester (or 225 quarter) hours as the standard. California legislature requires that all CPA candidates will have to meet the Uniform Accountancy Act's educational requirement prior to licensure. In addition, the program will help students develop critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills, as well as the ability to research complex accounting-related issues and apply research findings in relevant professional settings.

Every day I go to school with a big smile knowing that I will learn something new and move one step closer to my goal—becoming a professional accountant. Because of the culture of openness, carefulness, and peacefulness, I—a foreign student—feel that I am part of the family. The professors at La Sierra are very passionate about helping students become the best they can be, both spiritually and academically.

Mimi Phan, MBA Alumna