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Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary is rooted in the evangelical, Anabaptist tradition, and like you, we are passionate about making a tangible difference in the Central Valley and around the world. You’ll learn this through spirited inquiry, thoughtful reflection and hands-on experience. If you want a place to explore and pursue your calling in a practical way – join us!

How to apply

Complete the following steps or download the checklist:

  1. Review the admission requirements for your chosen program.
  2. Apply online. You can save your application at any point and return to it later. A $90 application fee is required.
  3. Please send all official transcripts. If you graduated from FPU, you do not need to request transcripts.
     Mail: Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Admission, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 14, Fresno, CA 93702
  4. Please submit remaining admission requirements via fax, email or postal mail. 
     Mail: Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Admission, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 14, Fresno, CA 93702

What’s next?

  1. Review: Soon after you submit your application, one of our program representatives will contact you. They will review with you the rest of the requirements needed.
  2. Interview: Once all of the requirements are met and received, we will set up an admission interview with you with our admission director and a faculty member from your chosen program. Interview topics may include your personal story and ministry goals, the nature and adequacy of your undergraduate studies and challenges of studying at FPBS. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions and/or shared any concerns you may have.
  3. Decision: After your admission interview, you will receive official notification of the admission decision.

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Admission Requirements

  • Commitment to and desire for Christian ministry and Service
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (minimum 2.5 GPA; 3.0 for MFT program*)
  • Application form and fee ($90)
  • Personal profile statement
  • Three references from a pastor or other ministry leader, a current or former employer, and a friend or family member using the Seminary Reference Form (Please do not use a family member as the pastoral or employer reference.) Visit
  • Writing sample from your undergraduate education (This can be any paper submitted for a letter grade regardless of subject.)
  • Visit the Biblical Seminary program pages for program specific requirements

Additional MFT Requirements

  • GRE exam results
  • Live writing sample (in lieu of an undergraduate writing sample)
  • MFT short answer questions
  • 50 hours of lay counseling experience
  • Completion of undergraduate psychology courses: Introduction of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Human, Child or Adolescent Development (all of these courses are available through FPU)

If the MFT specific requirements aren't finished, students can apply for early acceptance, speak with the MFT program rep for more info. 
*Under special circumstances these requirements may be waived.

FPU Undergraduate Alumni

Undergraduate alumni (traditional and degree completion) pursuing a graduate program at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary may have courses waived towards their seminary program. Students must complete the qualifying undergraduate course with a grade of B or higher to receive seminary course credit. Once students have been admitted to a seminary program, they must complete the Advanced Standing form in Sunbird Central to officially request advanced standing at the seminary.

Sunbird Graduate Seminary Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all students who completed an undergraduate program at FPU (both traditional undergraduate and degree completion). One course in the student’s first semester and one course in the student’s second year at FPBS will be waived. Enrollment must be maintained to receive both awards and the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 units per semester in which the award is received.

Special Circumstances

Admission with a GPA below 2.5 or below 3.0 for the MFT program
In some circumstances, we are willing to waive the GPA requirement if the student demonstrates high maturity and/or life experience that demonstrates they can perform well in the program. We take into account their ministry experience for BIB/MIN programs, their GRE score, volunteer counseling hours experience and psych pre-requisites for the MFT degree. We encourage people with a low GPA to still apply so we can look over their materials.

Admission without a Bachelor's Degree
 Students will be considered for admission to Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary into the M.Div., M.A.CM, M.A. CLT, or M.A. MLC degrees or one of our certificate programs without the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree if they have:

  • 60 semester units or two years of post-secondary education minimum
  • Significant ministry experience
  • Evidence of life experience which has prepared them for graduate theological education

In compliance with the Association of Theological Schools such students may only pursue the degree or program to which they have applied.

Additional Bible Knowledge Requirement
The Bible Knowledge Requirement (BKR) is a one-day, no credit class with an examination at the end of the day. The BKR is required to be met during the first month of your first term.

Non-Matriculated Students
Students may enroll in up to 6 units of courses for credit/audit at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary without being admitted into a degree or certificate program. This is considered a non-matriculated status.

The seminary subscribes to the laws of the State of California and the federal government pertaining to civil rights and equal opportunity. The seminary prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or handicap in recruitment, admission and employment of students.

Admission Representatives

Jo Hobbs
Jo Hobbs

MFT Program Representative
Telephone: (559) 453-2314

Katie Tjerrild

Seminary Admission Counselor and Bridge to Minister Recruiter
Telephone: (559) 453-2323

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Wade French

Director of Seminary Admission