Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary - Facts at a Glance

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General Information

  • Name of institution: Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary
  • Address: 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
  • Phone: 800-251-6227 
  • Fax: 559-453-2355
  • Year founded: 1955 under the name of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
  • Merger/transfer date: July 1, 2010 to Fresno Pacific University
  • Administration: Terry Brensinger, Ph.D., Vice President and Academic Dean
  • Denomination: Mennonite Brethren Church in North America

Accreditation Status

  • University accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Additional seminary accreditation: The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

Approved Degrees

  • Masters of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Urban Mission
  • Master of Arts in Old Testament
  • Master of Arts in New Testament
  • Master of Arts in Theology

Description of Institution

Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary offers seven academic degrees. Each program is designed to inspire and equip men and women to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and to serve and lead in the church and world. Our programs emphasize biblical and theological reflection, personal and community formation, skill development and supervised experiential learning.

Student Body Statistics

  • Active students: 110
  • Total number of graduates: Graduate data not yet available based on merger in July 2010
  • Average faculty-to-student ratio for courses: 1:15
  • Gender: 66% males, 34% female
Student Ethnicity 2010-2011 2011-2012
Asian 1.11% 2.4%
Black or African American       2.22% 0.80%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1.11% 0.80%
Hispanic or Latino 7.78% 16.00%
Non-Resident Alien 4.44% 3.20%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 33.33% 24.8%
Two or more races 2.22% 2.4%
White 47.78% 49.60%
Grand Total 100.00% 100.00%

Persistence Rates

MA in Old Testament 100%
MA in Theology 100%
MA in Christian Ministry 100%
MA in Urban Mission 100%
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy 86.36%
MA in New Testament 100%
Master of Divinity 80.00%

Graduation Rates and Placement Rates

Due to the merger of the former Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary with Fresno Pacific University on July 1, 2010, we are unable at this time to develop/provide graduation or placement statistics. This information will be updated as additional data becomes available.

Faculty Statistics

The faculty of Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary are experts committed to academic excellence and student success. Most have the highest degrees in their field and are active in their discipline. They also serve as mentors to students, engaging them outside of class and helping them develop professionally, ethically and personally.

  • Faculty headcount: 21
  • Total number of full-time faculty: 12
  • Total number of part-time faculty: 1
  • Total number of adjunct faculty: 8
  • Gender: male = 57%, female = 43%
  • Faculty ethnicity: Black or African American = 10%, White = 48%, race/ethnicity unknown = 42%