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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, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
  • Merger/transfer date: July 1, 2010 to Fresno Pacific University
  • Administration: Terry Brensinger, Ph.D., Seminary President and VP of the University; Valerie Rempel, Ph.D., Dean of the Biblical Seminary
  • Denomination: Mennonite Brethren Church in North America

Accreditation Status

  • University accreditation: WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Additional seminary accreditation: The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

Approved Degrees

  • Masters of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Community Leadership and Transformation
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Ministry, Leadership and Culture
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in New Testament
  • Master of Arts in Old Testament
  • Master of Arts in Theology

Description of Institution

Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary offers nine 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 Ethnicity2010-20112011-2012
Black or African American      2.22%0.80%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander1.11%0.80%
Hispanic or Latino7.78%16.00%
Non-Resident Alien4.44%3.20%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown33.33%24.8%
Two or more races2.22%2.4%
Grand Total100.00%100.00%
Persistence Rates
MA in Old Testament100%
MA in Theology100%
MA in Christian Ministry100%
MA in Urban Mission100%
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy86.36%
MA in New Testament100%
Master of Divinity80.00%

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%