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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: Valerie Rempel, Ph.D., Dean of the Biblical Seminary and Vice President of the University
  • 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 (Old Testament)
  • Master of Arts (New Testament)
  • Master of Arts (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: 170
  • Total number of graduates: 189 *as of merger in July 2010 through fall 2018*
  • Average faculty-to-student ratio for courses: 1:11
  • Gender: 44% males, 56% female
Student Ethnicity 2017-2018 2018-2019
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.00% 1.76%
Asian 9.68% 4.71%
Black or African American       6.45% 2.94%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.00% 0.59%
Hispanic or Latino 22.58% 26.47%
Non-Resident Alien 0.00% 1.76%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 0.00% 1.18%
Two or more races 0.00% 1.18%
White 61.26% 59.41%
Grand Total 100.00% 100.00%
Major Persistence Rates
Master of Arts (Old Testament) 100%
Master of Arts (Theology) 100%
MA in Christian Ministry 100%
MA in Intercultural Missions 100%
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy 100%
Master of Arts (New Testament) 100%
Master of Divinity 83.33%

Graduation Rates and Placement Rates

As of the merger Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary with Fresno Pacific University on July 1, 2010, the graduation rates are 45% and placement statistics are 46%. This information is as of 2018.

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: 15
  • Total number of full-time faculty: 9
  • Total number of part-time faculty: 6
  • Total number of adjunct faculty: 6
  • Gender: male = 67%, female = 33%
  • Faculty ethnicity: White = 80%, race/ethnicity unknown = 20%