Diploma in Sports Management

Two-Year Program (60 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to gain a broad set of sports management and leadership skills designed to prepare you to become a proficient professional.

Also available as a 4-Year program with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry.

Available Opportunities:

  • Mission Trip to El Salvador to work in local schools
  • Pilots Athletics Participation
  • Facility management and co-coaching for local school teams

As a student in the Sports Ministry & Management Diploma Program, you will have the opportunity to gain a broad set of sports management and leadership skills designed to prepare you to become a proficient professional. Whether you are preparing for ministry or the sports and recreation industry, holistically educated leaders are required to handle a variety of diversified responsibilities, including supervision, facilities planning, program development, financial management, marketing, accounting and others.

Through this program you will also learn how to use the avenue of sports as a ministry tool by applying biblical principles for effective Christian leadership. Coupled with intentional spiritual growth opportunities, the Prairie experience is also a highly intensive discipleship program that seeks to form the spiritual attitude and disciplines needed for success wherever you go next.

Pilots Athletics Participation

Students in this program will also benefit from being able to participate in the Prairie Pilots Athletics Program. Our teams are proud to be members of the Alberta Colleges Athletic League (ACAL). Pilots Athletics offers opportunities to participate in competitive Basketball, Volleyball, and Futsal (Indoor Soccer). Contact us for recruitment / ID Camp opportunities and Athletics Entrance Scholarship Information. For more information on Prairie Athletics, click here.

El Salvador Missions Trip

All students will have the opportunity to apply to participate in a missions trip to Santa Ana, El Salvador. We have partnered with a local church there, Confraternidad Cristiana Más Que Vencedores, and currently plan to return evey other year (the most recent trip was May 2015). While there, the team works in local schools putting on sports clinics, teaching gym classes and competeing against local teams. For more information about this trip please contact the program coordinator.

The opportunities for graduates are wide-ranging and incredibly diverse. Students wishing to continue in Sports Ministry may step into Chaplaincy roles with teams or organizations like Athletes in Action (amongst others). Our redesigned program will also include entrepreneurial skills that will allow our graduates to start a business within the leisure industry should that be where their heart is. Moreover, there is an ever-expanding range of leisure and recreation jobs with local government, NGOs, international development agencies, and others. Graduates of our program will be well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.

  • Recreation management in public, private or non profit sectors.
  • Christian Youth Ministry (ex. Youth for Christ, Church Youth Ministries)
  • Work for Boys’ and Girls’ Club or YMCA/YWCA
  • Public Sport & Recreation Management (ex. Municipalities, Regional Districts; Sports Facilities
  • Commercial Outlets (ex. fitness centres, private sports complexes and retail)
  • Global Missions/International Sports Ministry

Program requirements are subject to change.

All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Bible and Theology Core (24 credits)

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

Arts and Sciences Core (12 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations

Sports Courses (24 credits)

SP 1xx Theological Foundations of Sport and Leisure
BU 110 Introduction to Management
SP 1/2xx The Role and Risks of Sports in Society
SP 1/2xx Introduction to Sport Management and Leadership
SP 1/2xx Introduction to Sport Coaching and Performance
SP 2xx Management Issues in Youth Sports
SP 2xx Sport Event, League and Tournament Management
SP 2xx Entrepreneurship in Sport and Leisure

Broadcasting Certification (Optional)

  • Prairie Wall Climbing Certification (Optional)


*Certification Fees – Certifications and seminar options offered may vary from year to year. Additional fees will be charged to cover some certifications not covered by tuition. A separate list of fees will be provided.

Individuals considering sports ministry may wish to take advantage of our bridging option from the Diploma in Sports Ministry & Managment to the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. Students interested in this option enroll in the Diploma in Sports Ministry & Management for the first two years of a BA in Youth Ministry. After completing requirements for the Diploma, students enroll in the following courses during the last two years:

BAM/YO COURSE LIST (Years 3 & 4)

Bible & Theology (18 credits)

OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature OR
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH electives (15 credits)
May need to complete one elective by Distance Education

Arts & Sciences (18 credits)

AS 400 Integrative Seminar
SS 311 Lifespan Development
HF/SS electives (12 credits)

Youth (24 credits)

CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (9 credits)
YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
YO 313 Youth Issues
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

For course descriptions, see catalogue here.