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Universidade Metodista de São Paulo



The Universidade Metodista de São Paulo - UMESP is one of the most recognized centers of higher education and postgraduate studies in the country. Currently, it is a reference in several areas of knowledge and it is seen by the market as a pole of excellence in the training of new professionals.

The history of UMESP has been traced for almost 80 years since the foundation of the Faculty of Theology in 1938, in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, one of the centers of social, political and economic transformations of the country.

By strengthening the commitment to education, signed in the 1940s, the institution set out on a more daring project, in tune with its educational vocation. The presence of qualified professionals and educators and the adequate infrastructure allowed the strengthening of their insertion in the national academic universe. Thus, in 1970, the IMS - Methodist Institute of Higher Education was created.

With the consolidation of the pedagogical project and the excellence achieved over the years, IMS became one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in the country. This allowed it to achieve its University status in 1997, expanding the number of colleges and programs offered.

UMESP´s mission of effectively participating in the formation of people, exerting power of influence and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life, offers complete professional and citizen development to its students. In almost eight decades of history, the University has sought, through the tripod teaching, research and extension, to provide  its students a complete professional training.

By combining knowledge and the integral formation of its teaching staff, in Higher Education it is encouraged the involvement with the Scientific Initiation and activities related to the research, this last developed with more emphasis in the Post Graduate programs. The participation in outreach projects, whose initiatives are directed to the community are also strongly encouraged.  Currently, the institution has about 22 thousand students distributed in more than 60 programs.

UMESP´s  programs promotes training in all areas of knowledge and in a wide range of formats, including undergraduate programs, lato sensu (specialization and MBA) and strictu sensu (master's and doctorate degrees). In addition, the institution offers distance education (EAD) in an innovative and flexible model that it is a reference in its 10 years of existence.


1938: Foundation of the Faculty of Theology of the Methodist Church in São Bernardo do Campo;

Currently, there are about 22 thousand students distributed in more than 60 programs;

Three Campi: Rudge Ramos, Vergueiro and Planalto with more than 117 thousand m² of total area.


Today, UMESP has three Campuses in São Bernardo do Campo (Rudge Ramos, Vergueiro and Planalto). They are more than 117 thousand m2 of total area, which includes a wide green area.

The institution offers about 70 spaces, including laboratories, libraries, an experimental agencies and modern clinics, so that students can put into practice the knowledge acquired in classrooms, libraries and amphitheaters scattered throughout the University.

For students to have a complete professional training, UMESP includes in its infrastructure, a Gym, space that offers activities such as bodybuilding and swimming, a Polyclinic, where the pedagogical knowledge joins the practical one to  offer care to the community of the ABC region, as well as students, teachers and employees. The site promotes care in the areas of Clinical Analysis, Physical Education, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Psychology and Dentistry.

In the Academic Hospital, the objective is to solve the challenges in the field of animal health through its mission, which is to serve as a field for teaching, research and extension without leaving behind its values of ethics and commitment to the satisfaction of its client. In the Center of Neurosciences, it carries out experiments with animal models for the study of anxiety, depression, psychoses, drug addiction, memory, learning, autonomic nervous system study, neural plasticity, neuroimmunomodulation, gestational and perinatal toxicity, among others.

AGiCOM gives students the opportunity to practice in all areas of Communication, in its various nucleus. In the Multimedia Newsroom, journalism students work with the production of printed, photographic, online, radio and television contents. There is also the Studio, which provides media integration with the production of content from the various areas.

About laboratories, the Methodist has in its infrastructure spaces destined to the most diverse programs and fields of knowledge. The University counts on laboratories of Automation and Robotics; Biodiversity; Development and Analytical Pharmaceutical Control / Pharmacy-School; Physics; Geoprocessing; Hardware and Electronics; Computing; Microbiology; And Multidisciplinary labs; Besides the design rooms in the Rudge Ramos and Vergueiro campuses.


The Methodist University of São Paulo is located  in São Bernardo do Campo, in the ABC area,  which belongs to the great São Paulo, southeast of the Metropolitan Region,  and consists of seven municipalities: Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo, São Caetano do South, Diadema, Mauá, Ribeirao Pires and Rio Grande da Serra. Altogether, more than 2.7 million (IBGE / 2015) of people inhabit the ABC in a territorial area of 828.7 km² (IBGE 2016).

The region is located in a strategic position amongst the coast, the interior and the capital of São Paulo. It is 50 km far from the Port of Santos and 20 km far from downtown São Paulo. Additionally it has easy access to the Anchieta and Imigrantes highways, the Rodoanel and the rail network.

The Local settlement was favored by the intense influx of immigrants in the late nineteenth century and many migrants throughout the twentieth century. The ABC is the cradle of the automobile industry and multinationals that settled in the region during the last century, especially in the 1950s, when the industrialization that started in São Paulo was taken to the next territories.

Besides the capacity of municipal integration, the ABC  stands out for its economic strength. The region represents the 4th largest Gross Domestic Product of Brazil (GDP): R $ 114.833 billion in 2013 (IBGE, 2015), more than 2% of the total counted in the Country. The figures leave the region behind only by large capitals, Such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Federal District. The consumption potential of the seven municipalities also places ABC as the 5th largest consumer market in Brazil, with R $ 65.2 billion, or 1.75% of the total in the country (IPC Marketing, 2015).

According to a survey carried by the Economic Observatory of the Methodist University, the Greater ABC has more than 24,000 industries and employs approximately 26% of the economically active population, a proportion higher than the city of São Paulo (13%).