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Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

What can happen when you answer God's call?
Anything.

Biblical and theological study is both academic and deeply personal. It equips us to answer life’s biggest questions, like who is God and what is the purpose of humanity?

As a biblical and theological studies major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll engage a wide array of ideas, while using biblical text as a primary source. You’ll reenact first-century Jerusalem in full costume or study environmental issues through a faith-based lens. You'll take courses taught by well-traveled faculty with expertise in pastoral ministry, literature, missions and archeology.

Through the study of scripture, your passion for ministry will come alive as you learn what it means to live a God-centered life.

Program Highlights

  • Take advantage of service opportunities with global organizations like the Mennonite Central Committee and more
  • Choose from study abroad opportunities, including a summer trip to Israel
  • Apply for scholarships dedicated to Biblical and Theological Studies students

Emphases*

Biblical Literature

Biblical Literature invites you into the stories and teachings of the Bible, exploring both the Old and New Testaments. Courses discuss the life and teachings of Paul, biblical narrative, and biblical interpretation throughout history. Electives allow you to choose subjects that fit your personal interests and help meet your future goals.

Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies will have you reading the Bible like Jesus as you take an active approach to learning ancient Hebrew and Greek languages in which Scripture was originally written. Both Old and New Testaments are examined, as well as methods of interpreting the text today.

Theology and Ethics

Theology and Ethics explores the practical difference that faith makes in everyday life and the lives of Christians around the globe. Examine core Christian beliefs and how they shape an understanding of the arts, the environment, justice, peacemaking, and the complex world around you.

* The Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Emphases Catalog*

Biblical Literature

Program Director: Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Overview

The biblical and theological studies major nurtures faithful and critical reflection on Christian tradition through two primary lenses: the study of Scripture and the study of theological and ethical discourse. Students are invited to delight in a richer understanding of and witness to the Scriptures in conversation with both the Christian church and the world. A majority of graduates pursue careers in church or church-related ministry; some pursue graduate studies in Bible, theology, or religious studies. Other graduates have been successful in careers in law, community transformation, business, consulting, and teaching.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit competence in fundamental academic skills, including communication, information literacy, and research.
  2. Students will accurately summarize the contents of a selection of biblical texts.
  3. Students will describe basic elements of the literary, historical, and social contexts of the Old and New Testament.
  4. Students will use the tools and methods of academic biblical exegesis.
  5. Students will generate theological syntheses from biblical texts.
  6. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the disciplines of Christian theology and ethics by accurately describing major figures and themes.
  7. Students will critically assess theological and ethical approaches and the contexts out of which these emerge.
  8. Students will formulate coherent perspectives on moral and ethical issues.
  9. Students will articulate Anabaptist theological and ethical principles for faith and life.
  10. Students will summarize major issues and events in the history of the church.
  11. Students will demonstrate understanding of and respect for different cultural and religious traditions.
  12. Students will describe the integration of their academic biblical and theological learning, faith commitments, and lived practice.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

3 Year

BA Biblical and Theological Studies - Biblical Literature - 3 year  

4 Year

Biblical and Theological Studies - Biblical Literature BA  

Required Core (13-15 Units)

  • BIB 428 - Biblical Theology Credits 3
  • BIB 441 - Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century Credits 3
  • BIB 483 - Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies Credits 1 - 3
  • REL 460 - Religions of the World Credits 3
  • THEO 300 - Introduction to Theology and Ethics Credits 3

Emphasis Courses (18 units, assuming 3 unit crossover with General Education BLIT course)

  • 3 Units of OT Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 310 , BLIT 311 , BLIT 312 , BLIT 315 , BLIT 316 , BLIT 317 , BLIT 319 , BLIT 320 , BLIT 321 , BLIT 322 , BLIT 323 , BLIT 324 , BLIT 325 , BLIT 326 , BLIT 327 , BLIT 360H , or BLIT 400  

  • 3 Units of NT Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 313 , BLIT 330 , BLIT 331 , BLIT 332 , BLIT 333 , BLIT 334 , BLIT 335 , BLIT 336 , BLIT 337 , BLIT 338 , BLIT 338H , BLIT 339 , BLIT 340 , BLIT 341 , BLIT 342 , BLIT 343 , BLIT 345 , BLIT 346 , BLIT 347 , BLIT 348 , BLIT 349 , BLIT 365  or BLIT 400  

  •  3 Units of Any Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 310 , BLIT 311 , BLIT 312 , BLIT 313 , BLIT 315 , BLIT 316 , BLIT 317 , BLIT 319 , BLIT 320 , BLIT 321 , BLIT 322 , BLIT 323 , BLIT 324 , BLIT 325 , BLIT 326 , BLIT 327 , BLIT 330 , BLIT 331 , BLIT 332 , BLIT 333 , BLIT 334 , BLIT 335 , BLIT 336 ,​ BLIT 337 , BLIT 338 , BLIT 338H , BLIT 339 , BLIT 340 , BLIT 341 , BLIT 342 , BLIT 343 , BLIT 345 , BLIT 346 , BLIT 347 , BLIT 348 , BLIT 349 , BLIT 360H , BLIT 365  or BLIT 400  

  • BIB 304 - Paul and His Letters Credits 3
  • BIB 442 - Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries Credits 3
  • COM 395 - Text and Performance Credits 3
  • COM 480 - Narrative Credits 3

Electives (6 units)

Select six units of the following:

  • BIB, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except BIB-100, BIB-286, BIB-288, BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-438, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453)
  • BLIT, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • GRK, any course with this prefix
  • HEB, any course with this prefix
  • MIN, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • REL, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • THEO, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • COM 368 - Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric Credits 3 or
  • HIST 368 - Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric Credits 3 or
  • LIT 460 - Critical Approaches to Literature Credits 3
  • ART 330 - Art and Religion Credits 3
  • HIST 325 - History of Christianity Credits 4
  • HIST 360 - Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis Credits 4
  • HIST 364 - Classical Mythology Credits 3
  • HIST 365 - Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics Credits 4
  • HIST 367 - The Ancient Near East Credits 3
  • PHIL 331 - Ancient Philosophy Credits 3
  • PHIL 333 - Medieval Philosophy Credits 3

Note

Students may cross over no more than one focus series course with coursework in the major.

Biblical Studies

Program Director: Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Overview

The biblical and theological studies major nurtures faithful and critical reflection on Christian tradition through two primary lenses: the study of Scripture and the study of theological and ethical discourse. Students are invited to delight in a richer understanding of and witness to the Scriptures in conversation with both the Christian church and the world. A majority of graduates pursue careers in church or church-related ministry; some pursue graduate studies in Bible, theology, or religious studies. Other graduates have been successful in careers in law, community transformation, business, consulting, and teaching.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit competence in fundamental academic skills, including communication, information literacy, and research.
  2. Students will accurately summarize the contents of a selection of biblical texts.
  3. Students will describe basic elements of the literary, historical, and social contexts of the Old and New Testament.
  4. Students will use the tools and methods of academic biblical exegesis.
  5. Students will generate theological syntheses from biblical texts.
  6. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the disciplines of Christian theology and ethics by accurately describing major figures and themes.
  7. Students will critically assess theological and ethical approaches and the contexts out of which these emerge.
  8. Students will formulate coherent perspectives on moral and ethical issues.
  9. Students will articulate Anabaptist theological and ethical principles for faith and life.
  10. Students will summarize major issues and events in the history of the church.
  11. Students will demonstrate understanding of and respect for different cultural and religious traditions.
  12. Students will describe the integration of their academic biblical and theological learning, faith commitments, and lived practice.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

3 Year

BA Biblical and Theological Studies - Biblical Studies - 3 year  

4 Year

Biblical and Theological Studies - Biblical Studies BA  

Required Core (13-15 Units)

  • BIB 428 - Biblical Theology Credits 3
  • BIB 441 - Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century Credits 3
  • BIB 483 - Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies Credits 1 - 3
  • REL 460 - Religions of the World Credits 3
  • THEO 300 - Introduction to Theology and Ethics Credits 3

Emphasis Courses (18 units, assuming 3 unit crossover with General Education BLIT course)

  • BIB 304 - Paul and His Letters Credits 3
  • BIB 442 - Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries Credits 3
  • 3 Units OT Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 310 , BLIT 311 , BLIT 312 , BLIT 315 , BLIT 316 , BLIT 317 , BLIT 319 , BLIT 320 , BLIT 321 , BLIT 322 , BLIT 323 , BLIT 324 , BLIT 325 , BLIT 326 , BLIT 327 , BLIT 360H  or BLIT 400  

  • 3 Units of NT Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 313 , BLIT 330 , BLIT 331 , BLIT 332 , BLIT 333 , BLIT 334 , BLIT 335 , BLIT 336 , BLIT 337 , BLIT 338 , BLIT 338H , BLIT 339 , BLIT 340 , BLIT 341 , BLIT 342 , BLIT 343 , BLIT 345 , BLIT 346 , BLIT 347 , BLIT 348 , BLIT 349 , BLIT 365  or BLIT 400  

  • 3 Units of Any Biblical Literature. Select from the following:
  • BLIT 310 , BLIT 311 , BLIT 312 , BLIT 313 , BLIT 315 , BLIT 316 , BLIT 317 , BLIT 319 , BLIT 320 , BLIT 321 , BLIT 322 , BLIT 323 , BLIT 324 , BLIT 325 , BLIT 326 , BLIT 327 , BLIT 330 , BLIT 331 , BLIT 332 , BLIT 333 , BLIT 334 , BLIT 335 , BLIT 336 , BLIT 337 , BLIT 338H , BLIT 338 , BLIT 339 , BLIT 340 , BLIT 341 , BLIT 342 , BLIT 343 , BLIT 345 , BLIT 346 , BLIT 347 , BLIT 348 , BLIT 349 , BLIT 360H , BLIT 365  or BLIT 400  

Two semesters of one biblical language. Select from the following:

  • GRK 106 - Classical Greek I Credits 3 and
  • GRK 107 - Classical Greek II Credits 3 or
  • HEB 115 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew I Credits 3 and
  • HEB 116 - Beginning Biblical Hebrew II Credits 3

Electives

Select 6 units minimum

  • BIB, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-438, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453)
  • BLIT, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • GRK, any course with this prefix
  • HEB, any course with this prefix
  • MIN, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • REL, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • THEO, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • COM 368 - Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric Credits 3 or
  • HIST 368 - Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric Credits 3 or
  • ART 330 - Art and Religion Credits 3
  • HIST 325 - History of Christianity Credits 4
  • HIST 360 - Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis Credits 4
  • HIST 364 - Classical Mythology Credits 3
  • HIST 365 - Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics Credits 4
  • HIST 367 - The Ancient Near East Credits 3
  • LIT 460 - Critical Approaches to Literature Credits 3
  • COM 480 - Narrative Credits 3
  • PHIL 331 - Ancient Philosophy Credits 3
  • PHIL 333 - Medieval Philosophy Credits 3
  • COM 395 - Text and Performance Credits 3

Note

Students may cross over no more than one focus series course with coursework in the major.

Theology and Ethics

Program Director: Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Overview

The biblical and theological studies major nurtures faithful and critical reflection on Christian tradition through two primary lenses: the study of Scripture and the study of theological and ethical discourse. Students are invited to delight in a richer understanding of and witness to the Scriptures in conversation with both the Christian church and the world. A majority of graduates pursue careers in church or church-related ministry; some pursue graduate studies in Bible, theology or religious studies. Other graduates have been successful in careers in law, community transformation, business, consulting, and teaching.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit competence in fundamental academic skills, including communication, information literacy, and research.
  2. Students will accurately summarize the contents of a selection of biblical texts.
  3. Students will describe basic elements of the literary, historical, and social contexts of the Old and New Testament.
  4. Students will use the tools and methods of academic biblical exegesis.
  5. Students will generate theological syntheses from biblical texts.
  6. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the disciplines of Christian theology and ethics by accurately describing major figures and themes.
  7. Students will critically assess theological and ethical approaches and the contexts out of which these emerge.
  8. Students will formulate coherent perspectives on moral and ethical issues.
  9. Students will articulate Anabaptist theological and ethical principles for faith and life.
  10. Students will summarize major issues and events in the history of the church.
  11. Students will demonstrate understanding of and respect for different cultural and religious traditions.
  12. Students will describe the integration of their academic biblical and theological learning, faith commitments, and lived practice.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

3 Year

BA Biblical and Theological Studies - Theology and Ethics - 3 year  

4 Year

Biblical and Theological Studies - Theology and Ethics BA  

Required Core (13-15 units)

  • BIB 428 - Biblical Theology Credits 3
  • BIB 441 - Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century Credits 3
  • BIB 483 - Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies Credits 1 - 3
  • REL 460 - Religions of the World Credits 3
  • THEO 300 - Introduction to Theology and Ethics Credits 3

Emphasis Courses (9 units)

  • THEO 425 - Theological Ethics and the Environment Credits 3
  • THEO 430 - Contemporary Theologies Credits 3
  • THEO 465 - Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking Credits 3

Emphasis Required Electives (6 units)

Choose 6 units from the following:

  • THEO 365 - Perspectives on Global Missions Credits 3
  • THEO 434 - Following Jesus Radically Credits 3
  • THEO 445 - Issues and Theologies of Mission Credits 3
  • THEO 447 - Theologies of the Human Person Credits 3
  • THEO 449 - Heaven, Hell and Christ’s Return Credits 3
  • THEO 470 - Justice, Poverty and Development Credits 3
  • THEO 486 - Topics in Theology

Other Emphasis Electives (9 units minimum)

Choose a minimum of 9 units from the following:

  • BIB (any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix except BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-438, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453)
  • BLIT (any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix)
  • GRK (any course with this prefix)
  • HEB (any course with this prefix)
  • MIN (any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix)
  • THEO (any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix)
  • ART 330 - Art and Religion Credits 3
  • HIST 325 - History of Christianity Credits 4
  • HIST 350 - American Religious History Credits 3
  • HIST 360 - Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis Credits 4
  • HIST 364 - Classical Mythology Credits 3
  • HIST 365 - Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics Credits 4
  • HIST 367 - The Ancient Near East Credits 3
  • HIST 380 - Reformation History and Theology Credits 4
  • HIST 393 - Twentieth Century Western Thought Credits 3
  • HIST 410 - Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture Credits 3
  • HIST 450 - History of Political Theory and Ideas Credits 3
  • HIST 455 - Historical Peacemakers Credits 4
  • LIT 400 - Medieval Life, Thought and Literature Credits 3
  • MIN 340 - Theology, Culture and U2 Credits 2
  • MIN 360 - The Church in an Urban World Credits 2
  • PHIL 110 - Introduction to Philosophical Ethics Credits 3
  • PHIL 331 - Ancient Philosophy Credits 3
  • PHIL 333 - Medieval Philosophy Credits 3
  • PHIL 335 - Modern Philosophy Credits 3
  • PHIL 405 - Philosophy of Religion Credits 3
  • REL 418 - Culture, Religion and the Church Credits 3
  • REL 452 - World Christianity Credits 3
  • REL 455 - Christians and Religious Neighbors Credits 3
* The Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A. requires that students choose an emphasis.

Three-year Degree Option

This academic program is available as a three-year bachelor's degree or as a standard four-year bachelor’s degree.

Sample Curriculum Map

Below is a sample curriculum map for this program. This map serves as an example of how courses are set up to ensure completion of the degree in three years. The course listing is based on a sample year and follows a fall, spring and summer academic year. Some courses are only offered on odd or even years. An advisor will work with you to create a curriculum map that is unique to you.

Biblical Literature

Year 1

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 100 Jesus and the Christian Community 3
  Science (Lab) 4
COM 110 Written Communication 3
MATH 120 Principles of Mathematics 4
CP 152 First-Year Seminary 0
  Foreign Language 1
  Total units 17

Spring

Code Title Units
  Humanities GE 1
COM 120 Oral Communication 3
BIB 441 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century 3
  Foreign Language 2 3
  Social Science GE 1 3
CP 152 First-Year Seminar 1
  PE 1
  Total units 17

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 120 Ancient Civilizations 4
BLIT 310-349 NT Biblical Literature 3
  Social Science GE 3
  Total units 10

Year 2

Fall

Code Title Units
THEO 300 Introduction to Theology and Ethics 3
  Humanities GE 2
  Science 3
BIB 304 Paul and His Letters 3
BLIT 310-349 OT Biblical Literature 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 442 Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries 3
REL 460 Religions of the World 3
  Focus Series 1 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 140 Modern Civilizations 4
HIST 130 Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations 4
KIN 120 Concepts of Wellness 3
  Total units 11

Year 3

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 428 Biblical Theology 3
  Focus Series 2 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
BLIT 310-349 OT or NT Biblical Literature 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 483 Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies 1-3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
     
  Total units 13-15
Biblical Studies

Year 1

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 100 Jesus and the Christian Community 3
HIST 120 Ancient Civilizations 4
COM 110 Written Communication 3
MATH 120 Principles of Mathematics 4
CP 152 First-Year Seminar 1
  Physical Education 1
  Total units 15

Spring

Code Title Units
  Humanities GE 1 3
COM 120 Oral Communication 3
BIB 441 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century 3
  Science (Lab) 4
  Social Science GE 1 3
CP 152 First-Year Seminar 1
  Total units 17

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 130 Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations 4
KIN 120 Concepts of Wellness 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 10

Year 2

Fall

Code Title Units
THEO 300 Introduction to Theology and Ethics 3
  Humanities GE 2 3
  Science 3
BIB 304 Paul and His Letters 3
BLIT 310-349 OT Biblical Literature 3
  Biblical Language 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 442 Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries 3
REL 460 Religions of the World 3
  Focus Series 1 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Biblical Language 2
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 140 Modern Civilizations 4
  Social Science GE 2 3
BLIT 310-349 NT Biblical Literature 3
  Total units 10

Year 3

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 428 Biblical Theology 3
  Focus Series 2 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
BLIT 310-349 OT or NT Biblical Literature 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 483 Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies 1-3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 13-15
Theology and Ethics

Year 1

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 100 Jesus and the Christian Community 3
HIST 120 Ancient Civilizations 4
COM 110 Written Communication 3
MATH 120 Principles of Mathematics 4
  Physical Education 1
  Total units 15

Spring

Code Title Units
  Humanities GE 1
COM 120 Oral Communication 3
BIB 441 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century 3
  Science (Lab) 4
  Social Science GE 1 3
CP 152 First-Year Seminar 1
  Total units 17

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 130 Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations 4
KIN 120 Concepts of Wellness 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 10

Year 2

Fall

Code Title Units
THEO 300 Introduction to Theology and Ethics 3
  Humanities GE 2 3
  Science 3
BIB 304 Paul and His Letters 3
BLIT 310-349 OT Biblical Literature 3
THEO 465 Theologial Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 442 Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries 3
REL 460 Religions of the World 3
  Focus Series 1 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
THEO 425 Theological Ethics and the Environment 3
THEO 430 Contemporary Theologies 3
  Total units 18

Summer

Code Title Units
HIST 140 Modern Civilizations 4
  Social Science GE 2 3
BLIT 310-349 NT Biblical Literature 3
  Total units 10

Year 3

Fall

Code Title Units
BIB 428 Biblical Theology 3
  Focus Series 2 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
BLIT 310-349 OT or NT Biblical Literature 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 18

Spring

Code Title Units
BIB 483 Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies 1-3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Emphasis Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total units 13-15
* The Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A. requires that students choose an emphasis.

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Whether you're a high school student, transfer student or parent, you'll find all the resources you need including application steps, tuition & financial aid, transfer and orientation information.

First Steps to Admission

  • Submit an application for admission (online or printable mail-in)
    There is a $40 application fee, which may be waived with attendance at certain events.
  • Send official copies of your transcripts to FPU.
  • Complete the FAFSA. It can be completed starting October 1st. (FAFSA Code: 001253)
Recommended High School Courses for Admission
  • 4 years of college preparatory English
  • 3 years of college preparatory mathematics
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 1 year of laboratory science
  • 1 year of performing art
  • 3 years of the same foreign language with a C- or better
Things to Keep in Mind

Fresno Pacific University’s accepted students have average GPAs of 3.2-3.6. Please speak with an admission counselor to discuss your eligibility.

All application materials should be submitted online or mailed to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Ave. #2005
Fresno, CA 93702
ugadmis@fresno.edu

Non-traditional Admission

Steps for Re-application

For those students who have applied to FPU’s traditional undergraduate program within the past 2 years and did not attend. Students who applied more than 2 years ago will need to resubmit a full application for admission:

  1. Fill out the re-application form
  2. Submit a non-refundable re-application fee of $15
  3. Submit any missing documents or updated transcripts
Steps for Re-admission

Former FPU students who have not been enrolled in and/or have not submitted a leave of absence form for the previous semester are required to re-apply for admission to FPU:

  1. Fill out the re-admission form
  2. Submit a non-refundable re-admission fee of $15
  3. Submit official transcripts from other educational institutions attended during absence from FPU
Steps for Non-matriculated Admission

Students interested in taking classes, usually for personal or professional development, or to transfer to another institution, and is not interested in a degree from FPU. Non-degree students are not eligible for federal, state or institutional aid. Other requirements, class limits and pre-requisites may apply. See the academic catalog for more information:

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating Non Matriculating/Non-Degree status non-matriculation application
  2. Submit a non-refundable admission fee of $15
  3. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent
  4. Some classes may require a pre-requisite course. If required, a college transcript will need to be provided
  5. Personal essays are not required
Auditing a class

Students wishing to audit a class at FPU may apply for audit status. Audit classes are not eligible for financial aid and students will not receive course credit.

  1. Fill out the Application for Admission indicating audit status
  2. Submit a non-refundable admission fee of $15
  3. Personal essays are not required

Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

Four-year graduation guarantee graphic

Earning a degree in four years allows you to get a head start on achieving your goals of entering the work force or starting graduate school. FPU guarantees graduation within four years in the traditional undergraduate areas of study. We commit to providing the courses, advising, instruction and preparation. If you fulfill your responsibilities and are unable to graduate in four years, you will receive the needed courses the following semester at no cost in tuition or fees.

Incoming requirements

This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements of 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major with no minor.

  • Where options between courses are available, students are not guaranteed their first choice.
  • This guarantee does not apply to “fifth-year” programs (teacher education credential requirements) or minimum units beyond graduation requirements (CPA qualifications, etc.) beyond the basic four-year bachelor’s degree.
  • The guarantee does not apply to transfer students or to FPU's degree completion programs.
  • Students not able to register for the courses needed within four years must complete the free course(s) within two terms of the end of four years (e.g. a summer and fall for those completing four years in the spring; or spring and summer for those completing four years in the fall).
  • The four-year period may be extended for students required to leave the university for up to one year (see the Leave of Absence section) for medical, military or personal reasons.
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Meet with your mentor during the fall semester of the freshman year.
  • Finalize a major and begin prerequisite or lower-division major courses by the second semester of the freshman year and keep that major until graduation.
  • Complete at least 32 units per year (average 16 per semester) with passing grades in each course.
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing behaviorally with the university.
  • Meet with the mentor each semester for advising before registration opens and take the courses approved by the adviser/mentor that complete general-education and major requirements, in the appropriate sequence and as they become available.
  • Register within the first week of registration every semester to gain a spot in the classes needed.
  • Notify mentor if unable to register for an approved course so that an alternative plan can be made.
  • Apply for financial aid and submit required documents by appropriate deadlines.
  • Keep student account up-to-date. (Accounts not up-to-date may be placed on hold, preventing registration for courses.)
  • Complete required courses successfully (see Academic Policies section for minimum acceptable grades) without dropping required or approved courses during a semester.

Two-Year Transfer Guarantee for ADT Pathways

FPU guarantees a student with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) from the California Community College system, can complete their degree in just two years. If a student meets the qualification requirements, fulfills the responsibilities under the program, and are unable to complete their major in a 2-year period, FPU will assume all additional tuition costs needed to complete their undergraduate degree at FPU.

Incoming requirements
  • 60 transferable units [grades of C- or better] from the California Community College system with a completed ADT (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • Selected an ADT matched (similar) pathway from FPU’s undergraduate degree programs
  • Have completed the necessary pre-requisites in the discipline specific to intended major
  • Have at least a 2.4 transfer GPA
Student responsibilities
To qualify for the guarantee students must:
  • Enroll in an average of 15- 18 units per semester; not including repeated courses.
  • Remain in good academic standing by maintaining an institutional grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Enroll in the required number of consecutive semesters: 3-4 semesters depending on number of units transferred in
  • Make up units for any failed or withdrawn courses during the guarantee period, which may require you to take more than 15-18 units per semester
    • For TUG you may have to enroll in a summer semester.
  • Fulfill all graduation requirements, including core curriculum, major requirements, and upper division course work requirements.
    • Two Year Guarantee: complete enough upper division courses to have at least 40 upper division units by the end of the 4-semester time frame.
  • Take all required courses during the semester recommended by your Academic Advisor.
  • Register for all upcoming courses during the registration period.
  • Any courses from a Community College with “D+” or lower are non-transferable and require additional courses and semesters to graduate.
  • This guarantee may not apply to students starting in a spring or summer semester start (TUG only).
  • This guarantee is limited to basic graduation requirements: 120 minimum units including general education, upper-level and elective courses sufficient for a single major.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the 2021-22 Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs. Over 98% of our student body has received financial aid.

Tuition & Fees

2022-2023
Total Cost Item Amount
12-18 units (full time) per year $33,614
Student body fee $498
Total Tuition and Fees $34,112
Room and Board $8,884
Total Tuition, Fees & Board $42,996
Per-Unit Costs Amount
Per unit / Overload $1,218
Summer Session $400
Private Music Instruction $400
2021-2022
Total Cost Item Amount
12-18 units (full time) per year $32,954
Student body fee $498
Total Tuition and Fees $33,452
Room and Board $8,710
Total Tuition, Fees & Board $42,162
Per-Unit Costs Amount
Per unit / Overload $1,177
Summer Session $300
Private Music Instruction $400

Room & Board Rates

Freshman / Sophmore Housing
Module* Fall Spring
Modules $4,313 $4,313
Jost Modules $4,619 $4,619 

* Full Access Meal Plan Included in Cost (Full Access Required)

Junior / Senior Housing
Suites & Houses Fall Spring
Room only $2,068 $2,068
Room-70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $2,719 $2,719
Room - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,276 $3,276
Room - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,400 $4,400
Jost Hall (4 person), Willow Gardens (4 person) & Kriegbaum Apartments (3 person) Fall Spring
Apartment - Room only $2,694 $2,694
Apartment - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,345 $3,345
Apartment - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,902 $3,902
Apartment - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,026 $5,026
Willow Gardens & Jost Hall  Apartments: 3 Person Fall Spring
Apartments - Room only $3,306 $3,306
Apartments - 70 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $3,958 $3,958
Apartments - 140 Block Meal Plan (included in cost) $4,514 $4,514
Apartments - Full Access Meal Plan (included in cost) $5,639 $5,639
Stand-Alone Meal Plans Fall Spring
70 Block $651 $651
140 Block $1,208 $1,208
Full Access Meal Plan $2,332 $2,332

* Residents living in the Houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.

Notes about housing
  • For housing placement purposes only, class standing for the fall semester will carry throughout the entire year (both fall and spring semesters).
  • Residents living in the houses or Willow Gardens Apartments may stay over Christmas break at no extra charge providing they are returning for spring semester. Otherwise, residents must check out at the regular fall check-out dates.
  • Meal plan contract dates will follow the traditional semester.

If you have questions that pertain specifically to housing or what housing you qualify for, please contact Residence Life at (559) 453-5696. Or visit our website at studentlife.fresno.edu/living-campus.

Financial Aid

Freshman Scholarships

Name Amount
Paragon Full Tuition
President's $16,000
Dean's $14,000
Heritage $13,000
Faculty $11,000
Founder's $7,000

Transfer Scholarships 

Name Amount
Transfer Scholar $11,000
Transfer Achievement $8,500
Transfer Academic $6,000
Transfer Partnership $5,000

Performance-based Scholarships

Name Amount
Athletic $500 to Full Tuition
Music $400 to $10,000
Drama $1,300 to $2,000

Other FPU Grants and Scholarships

Name Amount
FPU Possibilities Scholarship Full Tuition
Church Match $500 to $1,500
International Scholarship up to $6,000
Mennonite Brethren Award $4,000
Out of State Student Scholarship $4,000
King & Hamer Leadership Program $4,000
Other Awards $100 to $10,000

Federal and State Grants

Name Amount
Cal Grant A $9,804
Cal Grant B $1,672
Pell Grants $100 to $6,345
FSEOG $100 to $1,500

Federal Loans and Workstudy

Name Amount
Federal Direct $3,500 to $7,500
PLUS Loan Up to remaining cost
Perkins Loan Up to $4,000
Workstudy Contingent on employment

Private Scholarships

Alumni, parents, friends, businesses and foundations have generously provided a special set of scholarships available to students attending Fresno Pacific.

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Alexandra Green

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The grants, the academic awards, the transfer scholarship – all of it makes it so much more affordable to attend FPU. I know that school isn’t cheap for anyone, but FPU helped me realize that I could actually come to this school because they were going to help me so much financially.

Net Price Calculator

Now that you’ve seen the financial aid opportunities available to FPU students, we can estimate what your true cost may be to attend Fresno Pacific. Please keep in mind that this is just a computer generated, general estimate and may not capture all aid available, please work with your FPU Student Financial Services advisor to discover your true net price.

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Career Opportunities

With this degree, you’ll be equipped to serve the church and your community. Courses will prepare you for work in teaching, pastoral ministry, missions, non-profit and parachurch organizations, or to pursue seminary or graduate studies.

Possible Careers

  • Youth pastor
  • Ministry director
  • Missionary
  • Non-profit director

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center