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Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Youth

A Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
Program Coordinator: Al Mertes

Match your interests and gifts to the major that best suits you through Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Degree program (BAM). This program is designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills for ministry.


The Youth Program is:

For those who would like to develop youth skills for a vocational church, para-church or community ministry.

Excellently suited for the second career person.

For persons who are already in youth ministry who would like formal education. It is possible to receive internship credit for past experiences that qualify.

For people who would like to work with youth (e.g. teaching, counseling) and would like to have a theological and biblical foundation previous to secular vocational training.

Program Objectives

Prairie’s BAM program will equip you to:

Effectively study, understand and interpret Scripture.

Understand the principles for effective ministry in a variety of applications and situations.

Realize the global mission of the Church and its implications for your life.

Understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the context of effective ministry.

Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings

Realize and develop your God-given gifts and passions for use in ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Expanded Opportunities

Your BAM degree will open doors to skilled service as a church worker, church planter, church educational program leader, worship leader, pastor, youth worker, camp leader, or numerous other roles within a church or para-ministry setting. Your degree lays the foundation for graduate studies in ministry, theological studies, missiology or divinity.

Individuals considering Sports Ministry may wish to consider the 2-year Diploma in Sports Management & Leadership bridge to the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry. Click here for more details.

Program Requirements

All courses are 3 credits unless shown otherwise

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
     TH 211 Creation to New Creation
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH  Electives (200 or above) (15 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
SS 311 Lifespan Development
HF/SS electives (12 cr)
HF/SS electives 200 level or above (6 cr)

Major (33 credits)
CM 250 Introduction to Counseling
CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (12 cr)
YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry
YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
YO 313 Youth Issues & Culture
YO 314 Youth Communications
YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

General Electives (6 credits)

Exemptions for each student based on specific life experience and learning will reduce the total number of credits to 90

BAM - Youth by Distance Education

A Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry degree can also be completed entirely through Prairie Distance Education (some course offerings may differ). For more information click here.


For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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Box 4000
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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