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:
- Review the admission requirements for your chosen program.
- Apply online. You can save your application at any point and return to it later. A $90 application fee is required.
- Submit the rest of the admission requirements via fax, email or postal mail. Official transcripts must be received by our office in a sealed envelope. If you graduated from Fresno Pacific University, you do not need to request transcripts.
- Fax: 559-453-2355
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Admission, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 14, Fresno, CA 93702
- 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.
- 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.
- Decision: After your admission interview, you will receive official notification of the admission decision.
- Strong 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.)
- 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 this requirement may be waived.
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, or M.A.-UM 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, 15 percent of the annual enrollment in the above programs may be comprised of individuals who do not have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. 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.
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.