Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business

Riverside - General Management

By enrolling in the MBA for Professionals program at the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, you're making an investment in yourself. Designed with the working professional in mind, the MBA program helps you meet your career and life goals now, without compromising your already-busy work and personal life.

The MBA Program

With a flexible, convenient schedule, the MBA program typically features two 4-unit courses per quarter. Each course is offered one night a week for six weeks plus one or two Sundays (and 8-12 hrs. of online content), totaling 8 units per quarter, so many students can complete the entire program in twenty-four months. With small class sizes, you get more interaction, more attention, a better learning environment, and faster completion. We offer multiple satellite locations including Chino Hills, Glendale, Los Angeles and downtown Riverside. We can create a customized curriculum for a cohort of students that reflects the particular interest of its members.

Degree Requirements

To earn a La Sierra University MBA, a student must:

Complete a minimum of forty-five units of required regular coursework (major, elective, and integrative);

Complete MBA foundation requirements by prior coursework, earning academic credit, or by life- or work-experience via portfolio review;

Earn a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above in the MBA program.

Coursework Requirements


A student admitted to the MBA program is eligible to enroll in any Foundation course. No Foundation course may be used as an MBA program elective. A student may waive a Foundation course based on prior coursework, portfolio review or life- or work-experience, or by taking a course for credit. Foundation courses are also offered in an online format. You can find a list of online foundation courses offered here.


This distinctive body of La Sierra courses is designed to increase leadership and social consciousness, expand the student's commitment to proactive moral action, and nurture a dedication to living with integrity, justice and compassion in today's rapidly changing world.


A minimum of 24-32 units of regular major coursework is required (specific units vary by major).


A number of elective units (selected from different areas) sufficient to ensure that the student completes 45 units of regular MBA coursework (excluding Foundation courses). Up to 12 units of appropriate graduate-level coursework from another accredited institution may be transferred into the MBA program with approval of the dean.

2014-2015 Cohort Schedule

MBA at La Sierra University

All members of our faculty hold doctorates or professional designations and are active in serious scholarly research and/or professional practice, so you come away with the best tools available in today's business world. And our highly trained professional staff is there for you every step of the way, from application to graduation, giving you the individual support you need.

The La Sierra MBA program helps you become the kind of business leader who will use business expertise to make the world a better place through a values-centered program that focuses on leadership and social entrepreneurship, and equips you with the business skills you need to advance your career.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or the equivalent

Regular admission requires a satisfactory combination of GPA and GMAT score or a graduate degree (MA, MS, JD, MD, etc.)

Applicants may be provisionally admitted with a 3.00 GPA. A provisionally admitted student must ordinarily earn a 3.00 GPA on her or his first twelve units of coursework to proceed to regular admission.

A TOEFL score of 550 or MTELP score at the 90th percentile is required for any applicant who has not studied in English at an English-language institution for at least one year; a student without the required score must complete preparatory ESL courses.

Tuition Fees

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 MBA 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. You can find a list of online foundation courses offered here.

Financial Aid

Information you need to know as an Executive Education Off-Campus student:

Confirm your student Status with Admission & Records or School of Business Contact

If you are expecting Financial Aid, apply for FAFSA at

What kind of Federal Aid would I be eligible for?

Professional MBA 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. PMBA students must be enrolled for a minimum 4 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 process through the Department of Education using the following website 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

Contact Us

Cohort Location:

Riverside Medical Clinic
7117 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506

Postal Mail Address:

Zapara School of Business - Executive Education

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, CA 92515



Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cohort typically meets on Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m

Contact Information:

Jodi Cahill

Co-Manager of Executive Education/

Student Services

(951) 785-2509

Heather Miller

Co-Manager of Executive Education/

Graduate Advisor

(951) 785-2225


(951) 785-2700




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