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Mission Statement

LDS Business College is an institution of higher education founded and sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The school’s mission is to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ. As an institution, we seek and follow the counsel and guidance of inspired leaders in harmony with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its purposes, and in fulfilling our stated mission.


Core Themes

  • Strengthening faith in Jesus Christ and His restored gospel, and following His example, are at the center of all we do.
  • A unique learning and teaching framework prepares confident and skillful learners with relevant, in-demand, and market-ready skills.
  • Learning and teaching take place in a spiritually nourishing and uplifting environment.
  • As each learner discovers their potential, they are enabled with power to act and grow; to become valuable employees, lifelong learners, and leaders in their homes, the Church and in their communities.


In 1886, William B. Dougall believed that the youth of Salt Lake City should have a school of their own. He contacted several local leaders and scheduled the first meeting to take place in a bookstore owned by James Dwyer.

The night before their planned meeting, a fire broke out in the bookstore. By morning, the water used to put the fire out was still dripping from the destroyed roof. While that could have been the end of Dougall’s initiative, those determined, resourceful saints met anyway, sitting on boxes and crates in the charred-out, damp remains of the bookstore.

Perhaps it is symbolic that the organizers sat there—with ashes from books surrounding them—while they made plans for a place of learning, because the phoenix that rose from those ashes was the Salt Lake Stake Academy, now known as LDS Business College.

The College is a place where students study and prepare for specific jobs upon graduation. The school’s purpose is to provide a spiritually grounded, career-based education. It has served hundreds of businesses and commercial institutions in the Salt Lake Valley and beyond, while providing better prepared graduates who are tailored to meet current business needs.

The LDS Business College main campus has moved eight times with instruction provided in 16 different buildings across downtown Salt Lake City. From 1901 to 1961, the location of the current LDS Church Office Building was home to LDSBC for the longest span of time. From 1962 to 2006, LDS Business College was in the Wall Mansion on 400 East South Temple before moving to its current location at the Triad Center.

The College offers programs in business, health professions, information technology, software development, interior design, paralegal studies, social media marketing and applied technology.

About 2,200 students come from 43 U.S. states and more than 30 countries each year. Nearly 45 percent of students are returned missionaries and international students compose about 25 percent of the student body.

Since its founding, more than 98,000 students have attended LDS Business College.

LDS Business College and the Church Educational System

Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Business College is a unit of the Church Educational System, which also includes Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; Brigham Young University – Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii; Brigham Young University – Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho; elementary and secondary schools; and institutes of religion and seminaries around the world.


LDS Business College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The regional institutional accreditation by NWCCU for LDS Business College allows the Medical Assistant graduate to obtain post graduate credential. MA graduates qualify for the Registered Medical Assistant exam (RMA) through the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Veterans Education Benefits

Degree programs at LDS Business College are approved by the state approving agency for the enrollment of persons eligible to receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).