La Sierra University

Master's Programmes

Humanities (4)



In 1922, La Sierra Academy is founded on acreage once part of an 1846 Mexican land grant known as Rancho La Sierra; the school’s first bulletin proclaims that students will “learn to render effective service.”

With the addition of coursework in preparation for teaching, La Sierra Academy becomes La Sierra Academy and Normal School.


La Sierra University is part of the higher education system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The University’s heritage and ethos reflects a dedication of loving service to people of all backgrounds and identities. La Sierra University is committed to creating and fostering an educational environment where all members of its community can thrive. Faith and learning are integrated in the curriculum and in student activities, and religious beliefs and tenets are woven into all aspects of institutional operations. This places the University within the educational plurality of the State of California.


Affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, La Sierra is acclaimed for its academic quality, opportunities for research at both the undergraduate and graduate level, community service­ emphasis, and demographically diverse student body. Students thrive in the small, professor-taught classes where academic topics are investigated and Christian faith is a cornerstone of education.

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Student services

Administrative and support staff at La Sierra assist students, faculty, alumni, friends and members of the larger community make their way through university processes and procedures. They are ready, willing and able to help with information in their areas of expertise.

Housing services

On-campus living is the best way to experience college life to the fullest. You will need to study hard, plan your time, and enjoy the variety of new and different activities. The Residence Hall gives you the chance to not only sleep in a conveniently located hall, but to experience a rich diversity of friends, thought, and activity. Make the most of it by jumping into the total university experience.

Library services

You will come to the library for help with homework and stay for so much more! In addition to the thousands of books waiting for your discovery, millions more are available through the rapid LINK+ loan service. Computers in the LICOL area have Microsoft Office installed. Nearby reference librarians are available to assist with assignments and projects. 

ICT services

La Sierra University has wireless access across campus and uses a system called equitrac to keep track of printing charges. Each student receives $7.00 dollars "Printing Allowance" for using printers and copiers around campus.

Medical services

Every student's academic success is directly related to their health. At La Sierra University Student Health Services, we strive to promote and maintain each student's health by taking care of their medical needs for this reason, we have created a Wellness Program which provides:

Student Life

Campus life

The 150-acre campus in beautiful Southern California is home to more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs for more than 2,300 students. Programs are offered in:

Sports facilities

The La Sierra University Fitness Center is located in the Alumni Pavilion. Featured are four treadmills, four stationary bikes, four stair steppers, two elliptical machines, 18 machine weight stations, and a complete line of free weight equipment.

Student clubs

The La Sierra University Student Association exists to encourage active support of the University's ideals, to provide opportunities in leadership, and to prepare students as responsible, social, and spiritual citizens.


The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Adventist Accrediting Associations (AAA).

Riverside, California, United States

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