About the Donald R. Tapia School of Business
The Donald R. Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University enrolls more than 10,000 students across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs in the U.S. and abroad. The school's programs are characterized by their small class sizes, personalized attention and high-quality advising, and their emphasis on the Saint Leo core values of excellence, community, respect, personal development, integrity, and responsible stewardship. The school provides a high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment in which personal development, the ability to think critically, and the acquisition of the skills and experiences necessary to excel can be realized. A student-centered focus, future-oriented research, entrepreneurial leadership, and close relationships with alumni and community leaders are key distinctives of the school and serve to distinguish it as one of the top business schools in the south.
Online education and career publication SuperScholar.org named the Donald R. Tapia School of Business number 22 in its 2012 “Smart Choice” ranking of the best online MBA programs. The list represents the top regionally-accredited business schools with online programs, ranked for their quality, marketability, and affordability. The top-ranked MBA emphasizes ethical decision making and is designed to build students’ analytical, business communication, technological, and leadership skills – preparing them to be successful business pioneers of the 21st century. Saint Leo MBA students can choose concentrations in accounting, health care management, human resource management, information security management, marketing, and sport business.
The mission of Saint Leo University's Donald R. Tapia School of Business is to provide a values-centered education that develops tomorrow's business leaders with exceptional skills, including critical thinking and the ability to take ethical and effective action.
The IACBE reaffirmed the accreditation of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business in April 2012. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
- Master of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
- Bachelor of Arts in Business with specializations in International Business, Logistics, Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management
- Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
- Bachelor of Arts in Sport Business
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
- Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management
In 2011, Saint Leo University opened a brand new $12 million state-of-the-art facility to house the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The school is named for the building’s biggest donor, an Arizona entrepreneur who received his online degree in business administration (2005) and online MBA (2007) from Saint Leo University.
The 47,921-square-foot facility features a mix of learning spaces including technology-rich classrooms, seminar rooms, computer labs, an executive lecture hall, and office spaces for faculty and administration. It also has a broadcast and recording studio for video and audio production, and is equipped with SMART Board Technology. Seventy-inch high-definition LCD multitouch, multiuser display monitors connected to the Internet, student laptops, and cameras – think giant iPads – are located in every classroom.