Diploma in Youth Ministry

Prepare yourself with Bible and ministry knowledge that can open doors to lay and volunteer ministry.

Student Spotlight

Ben Price

“The Youth Program surrounded me with friends and mentors. …I’ve been able to lean on these people to encourage me in ministry.”

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What Makes This Program Different

The Diploma in Youth Ministry is designed to prepare you with Bible and ministry knowledge that can open doors to lay and volunteer ministry. Students will benefit from instructors who have been involved or are currently involved in youth ministry.

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Career Opportunities

You will gain skills for any type of job that involves working with the youth demographic. Specific applications are:
• Church Youth Worker
• Camp Ministry Positions
• Continue on to Bachelor of Arts in Ministry- Youth
• Transfer into another four year degree at Prairie

Program Details

Those considering full-time youth ministry should enrol in the 4 year Bachelor of Arts in Ministry-Youth. This program is also available through online education

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (30 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels & 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 & Sciences (12 credits)

HF 111 Thinking and Writing
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 314 Social Psychology

Youth (33 credits)

CM 250 Introduction to Counselling
CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (12 credits)
YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
YO 313 Youth Issues and Culture
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

  1. Knowing and loving God through the power of the Holy Spirit in Word and Prayer.
  2. Modeling spiritual leadership and a well-managed life in singleness or marriage.
  3. Leverage Christ-centered creative communication strategies to reach the next generation.
  4. Serving the church and community by caring for the poor, the fatherless, the widow, the imprisoned, the oppressed, and the marginalized.
  5. Equipping the next generation of disciples in the gospel.
  6. Influencing the church and culture by being agents of transformation and resilience.
  7. Being godly stewards of our gifts, time, talent, and creation.

Program Tuition and Fees

For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial Aid

Program Specific Costs:
Youth Ministry students are charged a $120 program fee. ($60 charged in the fall & winter semesters)


Kelly Steffen

Program Coordinator

I love Prairie because of its DNA of being Christ-Centred, Bible-Based, Discipleship-Directed and Mission-Mandated. Prairie has a rich integration of academics and spiritual formation. My job is a life calling—I exist to equip emerging missional leaders for the world’s greatest need. Every day I get to work, I don’t think of it as a job but fulfilling my God-given potential and calling. My biggest joy is seeing students discipled and being sent out to live their calling. Read More.


Dan Jester

Program Coordinator

Dan has spent the last 31 years as a pastor, speaker, evangelist, counselor and college admissions director traveling the world in search of great coffee and interesting people! He is the Founder and President of Apprentice Ministries and… desires nothing more than to encourage students in middle school and high school to know they are worth more than they could ever imagine! Read More. 

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