Tom & Vi Zapara School of Business
To receive regular admission to the Professional M.B.A. program, you need a combination of satisfactory grades and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). You can achieve provisional admission if your grade point average is 3.0 or higher or you have earned a suitable GMAT score; if you complete 12 units as a provisional student with a GPA of at least 3.0, you can move to regular status.
La Sierra’s Professional M.B.A. comprises between 48 and 64 quarter units of work. You may waive pre-requisite/foundation courses (*) ACCT 507, ACCT 508, ECON 537 or MGMT 547 on the basis of prior academic work or documented, significant professional experience. Each course is offered 6-10 p.m. one night each week for six weeks with one additional Sunday session. Concentrations offered at our existing locations include finance (Chino Hills) and general management (Glendale, Los Angeles, Riverside). However, a new cohort group may customize their major emphasis and specific classes according to the interests of the group.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Taking the next step in education is a personal investment in your own future. At La Sierra University, we have a student-centered focus when it comes to the quality and cost of your education. By providing you with competitive tuition costs, eliminating many of those pesky additional fees, freezing tuition based upon your rate at program entry, and offering free access to our highly qualified Student Financial Services staff, you can be free to focus on your education.
For financial aid and financial advising, Denyu Miller, from the La Sierra University Student Financial Services Office, is available for students in our programs. You can contact Denyu Miller at: 951-785-2175 ext. 2943 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost per unit: $777 for 2014-2015. Total cost for the regular program is $34,965 for students beginning during 2014-15 academic year enrolled in the traditional 45-unit program. Your tuition is frozen at the current rate of the year you begin, as long as you don’t break residency. Cohort members will receive a 35.5% merit-based scholarship, with qualifying GPA, need, and/or with administrative/executive status. The La Sierra M.B.A. program is one of the best values for private education on the market today. La Sierra offers financial aid to help you cover the costs of your graduate education, and your employer may also have educational assistance available. Foundation courses are offered online at $1,000 per course.
Information you need to know as an Executive Education Off-Campus student
- Confirm your student status with admissions and records offices or School of Business contact.
- If you are expecting financial aid, apply for FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
What kind of Federal Aid would I be eligible for?
- Professional M.B.A. students are only eligible for federal Loans. Maximum loans for graduate students for a school year would be $20,500; however, amount may vary based on the individual student loan aggregate and total number of units that will be completed for the school year. Professional M.B.A. students must be enrolled for a minimum four units per quarter to be eligible for financial aid (loans).
Note: For new and returning students, our loan process has changed. We are no longer using private lenders to process your federal loans. All federal loans will be processed through the U.S. Department of Education using the following website www.studentloans.gov. Using your FAFSA pin, please complete your mastery promissory and loan entrance counseling so as to expedite the processing of your financial aid.
If you are not planning on using financial aid or your financial aid will not cover your tuition costs, you are expected to pay in full as soon as you register. For further information regarding your finances, please contact Denyu Miller in the office of Student Financial Services at: 951-785-2175 ext. 2943 or email him at email@example.com
Executive Education "How To" Guides
How to Register for Classes
- Student is admitted to La Sierra University (ID and web PIN received with acceptance letter)
- All holds have been removed
- Received advisor approval of class schedule (undergraduate programs only), and registration PIN for the quarter term.
Rules of Registration
The Procedure for WEB registration is as follows:
- Click Sign On
- Login: ID # and 6 digit Web PIN (Birth Month [2 digits] + Day of Birth [2 digits] + last two digits of Birth Year).
(i.e., if your birth date is February 10, 1980 your PIN is 021080)
- Click on Students then click Register for Classes, Click Select Term or Add/Drop classes.
- Click Submit Term, then enter your 5-digit registration PIN (received from your advisor).
- Enter the CRN numbers for your desired classes then click Submit Changes button.
- Click on Menu.
- Click Student Schedule by Day & Time and/or Student Detail Schedule to view your schedule, verify all courses, units, sections, days and times. If you have variable unit courses (e.g. 2-4 units) click on Change Class Options to select approved number of units.
- Now you MUST confirm registration to retain your reserved classes. Click Confirmation of Registration and follow instructions.
*All students must complete the confirmation of registration online or send by mail/fax to Student Financial Services office by midnight on the day of registration, or you will be withdrawn from all classes.
You are responsible for the accuracy of your registration.
How to Access Blackboard
Go to the web address blackboard.lasierra.edu. This will take you to the La Sierra University Blackboard login page. If you have a La Sierra University e-mail account, your Blackboard account has already been created. To continue logging in to Blackboard, under "Have an account?" enter your e-mail account username and password. (Note: Your username is the part of your e-mail address before the "@" symbol).
Blackboard has a great resource of video guides for students. Click here to see more.
How to Request Transcripts
For ordering a transcript please use our Transcript Request Form.
After signing and dating your request, send it to:
La Sierra University Records Office
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA, 92515,
Phone: (951) 785-2006, Fax (951) 785-2447
Payment or credit card information should accompany the request. Processing fees are as follows.
- Regular $5.00 (Takes 5-10 working days)
- Rush $10.00 (48 hours)
- Fax $10.00 (48 hours)
TRANSCRIPT FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Note: No transcript will be issued for a person with an outstanding financial obligation to the university.
Alternatively, you may choose to view an unofficial online transcript by clicking the link below. You must have a PIN to access this area.
How to Set Up Your Email Account
Step 1: La Sierra Email Directions
Click here to get to the La Sierra Self-Serve page. Then do the following:
Step 2: Fill in the info as directed below:
First, enter your six-digit La Sierra University ID number. Second, enter your PIN number which was provided to you by admissions OR contact the Office of the Registrar via phone at 951-785-2006 or stop by their office in the Administration building. If you have used this service before, use the PIN you have already set up. Third, once inside you will be asked change your self-service Banner PIN (six digit number) and to set up a question for you to answer in case you ever forget your new PIN. Should you forget your PIN just click on the Forgot PIN? button, answer the question, and then you will be given access to your account. Follow the directions given and make sure that you can remember the answer to the question.
Once inside self-serve Banner, do the following:
Step 3: Click on La Sierra Email
If you are a student worker, you may first need to select "Student" after logging in in order to access your "La Sierra University Email" setup link.
After clicking "La Sierra University Email" you will be given two options: (1) Set Password, and (2) Account Status, Management & Information. If you have not yet set completed setting up your account, choose "Set Password."
Once you submit a password which follows the guidelines outlined on the page, you will be ready to access your email. Note: Passwords are case sensitive, so if you submit a password with a capital letter in it, you will need to enter it that way each time you log in.
For students, your La Sierra University email address is first letter of your first name + first 3 letters of your last name + the last three digits of your La Sierra University ID number +@lasierra.edu. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org
To check your La Sierra University email, visit email.lasierra.edu and log in using your username and password. As this email address will be used for our official communication with you, you may want to set up email forwarding to any email account that you check regularly.
Note: Your email username (the part before the "@") is your username used to access Blackboard and your email password is also your Blackboard password (case sensitive). Click here to access Blackboard.
How to Access Off-Campus Library Resources
Go to the address http://lasierra.edu/library and click on "Off-Campus" on the left side of the page, then do the following:
Step 2: Fill in the info as directed:
Once on the off-campus log-in page, enter your La Sierra e-mail username and password to continue. For the username, do not include the @lasierra.edu from your e-mail address. Once you have entered your username and password on the library log-in page, click "Login" to continue.
Step 3: Congratulations!
You should now see the "Online Databases" library page. Click on any of the subject-based database links to assist in a journal article search. Within each of the databases, you can search by article title, author, specific terms, and more. For a full list of all journals accessible through the library site, click "E-journals by Title" in the upper right corner of the page. Once you click one of the database links, you can also click "help" in the upper right corner of any of those pages for further assistance and tips to help you find what you are looking for.
The La Sierra University Library has a staffed reference desk to better serve our students. If you could use some expert assistance in an intensive research process that you are engaged in, or just need some help finding sources on a certain topic, a librarian can assist you with it. You can visit the "contact us" page from a link on any of the library pages, or just click here to go directly to the "Ask a Librarian" form.