Bachelor of Divinity
A program for Christ-followers who want to be God-centered, ready to lead, and able to excel wherever they are called.
Program at a Glance
What Makes This Program Different
This program will provide you with experiential learning to develop you as a whole person and help you cultivate the soft and hard skills that will enable you to embrace whatever sphere God calls you into.
We offer five diverse concentrations and a robust network for internships, mentoring, job placements and support for launching new ventures.
Business people should be ministers, serving the needs of others – from the spiritual to the physical, and from the local to the global. Our faculty will share your passion to put God’s kingdom first, both personally and professionally. They will help you make sense of a chaotic world and find a path towards making an eternal impact.
Our Students Say
The world and workplace are changing at a rapid pace. Nothing is guaranteed, but so much is possible. Your education is an important step in developing and credentialing yourself to be ready for what’s next.
The knowledge, skills and network you develop in this program set you up to:
- Start and lead your own business
- Be employed in small businesses in a variety of disciplines and industries
- Start or work for missional businesses internationally
- Work for wilderness and recreation non-profits like camps and other outdoor related organizations
- Work in the sport and recreation sector, including non-profits like camps, colleges, and civic recreation organizations.
- Find work in foreign or intercultural 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
Students wishing to further their education will be well prepared to go onto complete:
- Graduate level education in business, divinity, intercultural studies, outdoor leadership, sports and recreation
- Two months (Fall Term 1) of your second year will be spent at Frontier Lodge in Nordegg, Alberta developing leadership and communications skills in a challenging outdoor adventure context.
- A four to six month internship somewhere in the world, to develop and prepare you for your career through a structured experience in a real-life business or not-for-profit environment
- Classes that bring together the teachings of Scripture and business principles
- Many of our courses can be taken remotely though Prairie’s HyFlex format.
Choose from FIVE diverse concentrations in an area where your passions lead.
The concentrations may have additional equipment and supplies required for those courses.
- Business in Ministry
- Digital Media
- Intercultural Studies
- Outdoor Leadership
- Sports Management and Leadership
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 (39 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 140 Health and Wellness
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 273 Cultural Anthropology
Arts and Sciences electives (6 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level
Business Administration Major (36 credits)
BU 110 Introduction to Management
BU 205 Organizational Behaviour (1.5 credit)
BU 211 Financial Accounting
BU 220 Sales and Marketing
BU 235 Business Economics
BU 316 Financial Management
BU 350 Governance and Law (1.5 credit)
BU 362 Business Skills in Ministry OR BU 444 Missional Business and Strategy (1.5 credit)
BU 400 Capstone Project
BU 430 Business Project Management (1.5 credit)
CM 482 Business Internship (9 credits)
OL 104 Introduction to Experiential Education (1.5 credit)
OL 134 Outdoor Leadership (1.5 credits)
And One of the Following Concentrations:
Business in Ministry Concentrations (9 credits)
PA 103 Leadership Coaching
PA 161 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
PA 372 Missional Leadership
Digital Media Concentration (9 credits)
DM 120 Introduction to Audio & Color in Film (2 credit)
DM 130 Advanced Drone Operator (1 credit)
DM 134 Fundamentals of Filmmaking
DM 145 Fundamentals of Photography
Intercultural Studies Concentration (9 credits)
Choose 3 of the following 4 courses
IS 140 World Religions
IS 351 Cross-cultural Communication
SJ 101 Social Justice Foundations
TH 332 Theology of Missions
Outdoor Leadership Concentration (9 credits)
OL 116 Wilderness Advanced First Aid (1.5 credits)
OL 151 Outdoor Programming (1.5 credits)
OL 248 Teaching Through Adventure
OL 215 Wilderness Competencies
Sports Management and Leadership Concentration (9 credits)
SP 141 Introduction to Sport Management and Leadership
SP 172 Theological Foundations of Sport and Leisure
And choose 1 of the following 2 courses.
SP 243 Event Management and Advancements in Sports or
SP 271 Foundations of Sports Ministry
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
After you take this program, you…
Can live and work in biblically-sound, integrated ways that contribute to God’s Kingdom in any setting because you are self-aware, God-centered and Christ-like in character.
Will understand and relate to different types of people and are able to build and lead healthy teams and organizations to address real world problems in God honoring and effective ways.
Will understand and have applied core business-related concepts, skills and functions (e.g. management, finance and accounting) such that you can implement them in a competent manner in most any context.
Will have job options, further education options, and support and access to Prairie’s global network of transformation-minded people.
Program Tuition and Fees
Dr. Gary Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt was born and raised in Southern Alberta but has lived and/or worked in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and the USA. He has about 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of contexts spanning from early elementary classes to Master’s degree courses and through institutions in several countries.
His work background besides teaching has been in retail management, nonprofit administration and IT contracting, training and consulting.