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Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business

General Management

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.

What is Management?
In business, resources are utilized to provide a product or service to the marketplace. Management consists of the movement and deployment of those resources to achieve efficient and effective outcomes. Good managers learn to measure, manage, and monitor such activity to support the growth and success of a business unit or organization

What Can I do with a Degree in Management ?
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.

For the most current occupational information regarding careers in management, including required education and median salary amounts, we recommend you visit O*NET OnLine, a very useful website created for the U.S. Department of Labor.

What Level of Education is Required for Careers in Management?
Beyond a management position at your local small retailer or fast food restaurant, you will need at least a Bachelor's Degree to begin a successful career in management. Due to the competitiveness in this area for job applicants and promotion-seeking employees, a Master’s Degree combined with applicable work experience is the ideal. Tip: Take a few minutes online to review job posts related to your area of interest in management. What education and work-experience requirements are listed? Identify educational programs well-aligned with these requirements.

What Makes Management a Good Choice for College Students?
Management is an essential element to the success of any business. In a business, work is used to convert resources and materials into products and/or services, but competition in the marketplace creates a need for this process to become increasingly efficient and effective. This is accomplished through proper management practices. Due to the broad opportunities in management, it has quickly become one of the most popular college degree choices for students in the United States. Due to this increased competition for jobs, it is important that such students identify an educational experience which can help them stand out from the rest.

What Should I Look for in a Management Degree Program?
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. You won’t find this experience in just any degree program.

The best business education has two main standards: (1) Everything you learn should be useful in the world right now, not just twenty years ago or “someday in your future career.” (2) You should be given the opportunity to put what you learn to the test. Many universities offer excellent lessons in business theory. Others offer a more training-based education. Very few can offer you both.



Management at La Sierra University

The School of Business offers students an engaging experience in management. All of our management professors hold Master's Degrees or above, and have extensive professional experience in the field. Our faculty and staff are always interested in meeting new and potential students. Learn more about and contact any of our management professors on our faculty/staff page.

Is La Sierra University a Good Choice for Management Students?
Absolutely. In our School of Business, we believe that the value of your education is found in how you can use it right now. So we not only hire professors with the highest level of education available in their respective fields, we find those who are also active in research, publications, consulting work, and other opportunities for active engagement in management. By the time you graduate from La Sierra University with a degree in Management, we want you to already have valuable experience not only in the standards and practices of this field, but in acting as a leader, a team-member, an effective communicator, a sharp analyst, and an ethical decision-maker.

How Large is the Management Program?
In our School of Business, we believe in the value of small class-sizes combined with highly engaged professors. We limit the maximum enrollment of each of our courses to thirty students or fewer, allowing our professors to work closely with each student, maximizing their potential for learning. In addition, each of our professors holds regular office hours, a time for students to meet with them for assistance, questions, advice, or even to learn of networking or career opportunities. There is nothing that delights our professors more than students interested in their own growth.

Are There Opportunities/Activities Available Outside of the Classroom?
Yes. We strongly believe in the value of engagement outside of the classroom. All students are given opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom in useful ways to our local and global community. Whether it be through community engagement in our Service-Learning courses, student-led projects in our Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, events and activities with our highly active business club and other student groups on campus, our students learn through experience.

We also work actively to engage students in job and internship opportunities. The fact that La Sierra University lies in the fastest growing county in the state and a city known for its affinity to business provides our students with excellent prospects for local work and internship opportunities. Our annual Meet the Firms Night event stands as one such opportunity for students to meet and network with potential employers.

How Should Future Management Students Prepare for College?
One of the most common mistakes potential business students make is assuming that the study of business is only for those who “enjoy math” or “working with numbers.” Today’s employers need students with strong communication, leadership, critical thinking, and analytical ability. As a university, we seek well-rounded students with these same characteristics. And based on current trends across the United States, students who put extra effort into their written and oral communication skills before college end up in high demand.




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