Bachelor of Divinity in Business Administration (Minor in Outdoor Leadership)

Four-Year Program (120 Credits)

Prairie is excited to announce that the Bachelor’s of Divinity in Business Administration with a minor in Outdoor Leadership program will be launched in Fall 2019!

This degree couples together the strength of Prairie’s Explore (Outdoor Leadership) program in developing leaders with the new Business Administration program’s emphasis on preparing students for Christ-centered entrepreneurship and small business employment.

Students will learn how to conduct business like Jesus would conduct business. It’s why every student in the BDBA will study the entire Bible during their degree. Society is in need of well equipped, disciples of Christ to live out both the great commandment and the great commission through business.

Through spending over 28 weeks in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, you will develop the ability to lead and teach others through outdoor adventure experiences. You’ll gain valuable skills in leading teams through challenging situations, solving real problems and working through conflict to create high performing teams. Upon graduation, you will have indispensable skills in both business and outdoor leadership.

Come join us to learn how to do business with God and do business for good.

Who is this program for?

  1. Business Leaders: outdoor training, business classes, and intentional internships provide the context for rigorous and deep discipleship, character formation, and leadership development regardless of what industry you want to work in.


  1. Outdoor Entrepreneurs and Business People: this program will develop skills necessary for meaningful work at organizations in the outdoor industry.

In this program you will learn: 

  • Principles and processes for creating, managing, leading and developing a business
  • How to live out the Biblical principles and Kingdom realities of business as a disciple of Christ.
  • How to build high-performance teams and organizations
  • Essential skills for working in for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental and international NGO entities
  • To solve real business problems in a wide variety of business disciplines.
  • Your own strengths, interests and abilities relating to the business field


  • Competence in a wide variety of outdoor adventure disciplines
  • Sound risk management and effective decision making in the outdoor context
  • To lead others in a transformational way 
  • To develop high performance teams that can thrive in challenging circumstance

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Major (30 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel

Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences electives (9 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level

Business Administration Major (36 credits)

BU 105 Organizational Health and Performance
BU 111 Managerial Accounting
BU 220 Sales and Marketing
BU 235 Managerial Economics
BU 316 Corporate Finance
BU 350 Governance and Law
BU 360 Theology of Business
BU 430 Business Analytics (1 credit)
BU 443 Missional Entrepreneurship and Strategy
CM 482 International Business Internship (12 credits)

Outdoor Leadership Minor (18 credits)

OL 104 Intro to Experiential Education (1.5 credits)
OL 116 Wilderness Advanced First Aid (1.5 credits)
OL 134 Outdoor Leadership (1.5 credits)
OL 151 Outdoor Programming (1.5 credits)
OL 248 Teaching Through Adventure
OL 332 Philosophy of Group Facilitation
OL Electives (6 credits)

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

An optional trip to Asia is offered called “Adventure Tourism in a Cross Cultural Context” that will allow students to experience and learn about missional business that uses adventure tourism to further the Gospel.  

Students will have the option of completing their internship experience in an international context.

  • Completely unique way to develop as a leader and gain business education
  • 28 weeks of experiential, hands on, outdoor leadership training
  • An Entrepreneurial and Kingdom-Centric business program with an international perspective.
  • Deep level of emphasis and care in your personal development in discipleship and career

Students in the BDBA minor in Outdoor Leadership will have the skills and experience to:

  • Start and lead their own business
  • Be employed in small businesses in a variety of disciplines and industries
  • Find work in outdoor related organizations and businesses
  • Gain employment in entry-level placements in traditional business fields and disciplines (banking, marketing, accounting, etc)
  • Work for NGO or Non-Profit organizations
  • Provide leadership for wilderness and recreation non-profits like camps and other outdoor related organizations

Students wishing to further their education will be well prepared to go onto complete:

  • A Masters in Business Administration,
  • A Masters in Divinity,
  • Graduate level education focused on Experiential Education, Leadership or other Outdoor related fields
  • Graduate level education further focused on a specific business discipline (leadership, accounting, marketing, finance, etc)