Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Pastoral/Master of Divinity

Hybrid Program (149 Credits)

This is a partnership program with Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. Through this unique partnership students can earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Pastoral from Prairie College (accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education) and a Master of Divinity from Taylor Seminary (accredited by the Association of Theological Schools) in 149 credit hours (Separately, these two degrees would be 197 credit hours).

Developing followers of Christ who engage in various forms of ministry is the primary function of the Master of Divinity program. The course of study prepares persons for pastoral leadership and ordination in most denominations. Bible, theology, and ministry are at the core of the program. Students develop personal resources as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to become spiritual leaders.

Courses revolve around:

  • Studying, interpreting, and applying the whole canon of scripture
  • Exploring historical theology
  • Thinking theologically about contemporary issues
  • Becoming an effective communicator

The first three years (96 credit hours) of the program are completed through Prairie College. These courses can be completed either on campus, online or a combination of both of these delivery methods. The remainder of the program (53 credit hours) is completed through Taylor Seminary. The student is given advanced credit at Taylor because of the courses taken in their Prairie experience. When the student completes the major courses the credits are transferred from Taylor to Prairie to “back-fill” the 120 credit hour BAM: Pastoral degree.

This partnership provides the following advantages for the student:

  1. Efficient – 149 credit hours (Separately, these two degrees would include 197 credit hours). This enables the student to enter into actual ministry sooner.
  2. Economical – There is a savings of 48 credit hours of tuition plus all additional expenses incurred through that educational time.
  3. Directed – This program avoids the often unnecessary duplication in the bachelor and masters level education.
Graduation from this program should enable the student to demonstrate:
  1. The personal and spiritual maturity expected of a minister of the Gospel and a commitment to ongoing growth.
  2. A broad knowledge of the Bible and theology and the ability to apply this knowledge in a redemptive ministry in the church and the world.
  3. Commitment to the church’s worldwide mission of gospel proclamation, discipleship, and social change.
  4. Competence in the skills required for the teaching, preaching, worship, pastoral care, evangelistic, and administrative ministries of the church.
  5. The ability to provide effective leadership for a congregation of believers.

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry: Pastoral Course List (96 Credits)

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)

BT 409 Word and World
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
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology Electives 200 level or above (9 credits)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & 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 World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences electives (9 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level

Overlapping Credits (6 Credits)

CH 420 Church History to 1500 (graduate level)
CH 422 Church History since 1500 (graduate level)

Electives (6 credits)

Major (3 credits)

CM 250 Introduction to Counseling

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here


Master of Divinity Course List (53 credits)

Taken at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible (9 credits)

BI 412 Biblical Hermeneutics
BI 514 Greek and Hebrew Tools
Only one of the following are required:
NT 416 New Testaments Introduction: Part A (preferred) OR Part B
OT 417 Old Testament Introduction: Part A (preferred) OR Part B

Church Ministry and Theology (9 Credits)

TH 526 Christian Ethics
Only one of the following are required:
TH 531 Systematic Theology 1 OR TH 532 Systematic Theology 2
Only one of the following are required:
TH 534 Christian Worldview OR TH 634 Christian Apologetics

Church Mission and Ministry (35 Credits)

CE 532 Educational Task of the Church
FE 442 Field Education Experience Unit 1
FE 443 Field Education Experience Unit 2
FE 444 Field Education Experience Unit 3
FE 445 Field Education Experience Unit 4
FE 446 Field Education Experience Unit 5
MI 432 Integral Mission
MI 545 Evangelism and Church Planting
PC 431 Personal Development and Ministry
PC 531 Essentials of Pastoral Care
PL 633 Essentials of Christian Leadership
PT 540 Spiritual Formation
PW 431 Introduction to Preaching
PW xxx Preaching Elective
PW 631 Christian Worship
MI 6XX The Gospel in a Multicultural and Multi-faith World

Students must meet all admission requirements for both Prairie College as well as Taylor Seminary.
The Master of Divinity program is intended for those who expect to be involved in staff positions in churches or in para-church ministries. Graduates are equipped for a variety of pastoral ministries: chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, church planting, missions, youth ministry, and other church staff ministries as well as for participation in the kingdom mission. Please see Taylor site for more information on this degree. The program also prepares capable persons for doctoral studies.