Central Methodist University

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about the University

Founded in 1854, Central Methodist University is a four-year, private, liberal arts university. CMU’s main campus, home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), is located in Fayette, Missouri, enrolling 1,100 students. More than 4,000 students attend CMU’s College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES), which offers classes online and at sites across Missouri and the region. CMU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and welcomes students of all faiths.

Central Methodist University is known for its high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, its values-centered learning experiences and longstanding church relationship, its strong liberal arts tradition, its emphasis on character and leadership development, and the success of its graduates through their further educational and professional pursuits. Characterized by academic excellence and proactive, personalized student services, programs are offered in Fayette and statewide via distance learning technologies as well as through partnerships with schools, churches, hospitals, and other institutions of higher education.

mission statement

Central Methodist University fosters a diverse and caring community, empowering students to become lifelong learners, committed to academic excellence, prepared to engage in a complex world.


The Central Methodist University community, consistent with its United Methodist heritage, strives for academic excellence, individual achievement, and social responsibility. As members of that community we believe in:

  • Seeking knowledge, truth, and wisdom;
  • Valuing freedom, honesty, civility, and diversity;
  • Living lives of service and leadership; and
  • Taking responsibility for ourselves and the communities in which we live.

our accreditations

Central Methodist University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St. Suite 7-500, Chicago IL. 60604, phone 800-621-7440 and several other accrediting bodies.

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At Central Methodist University, our students learn more, experience more, and become more. Our faculty rank at or near the top in the nation for their willingness to engage with students. 


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Full-time faculty hold the Highest Degree in their field

the CMU Edge

A CMU education is all about excellence. Grounded in the liberal arts, made practical by real-world experiences, our rigorous and uniquely relevant academic programs will challenge you, engage you, and prepare you in every way for professional success.

No application fee.

Ranked #40 by U.S. News and World Report in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges Regional Midwest.

The student-faculty interaction ratings from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) were significantly higher than comparable institutions in 2021.

On-campus, Online & Executive programs.

Gain real world experience through internships, research, and hands-on classroom experiences.

More than 90 percent of CMU students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

our locations

CMU's main campus, home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), is located in historic Fayette, Missouri. CMU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at centers across Missouri and the region through its College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES). CMU Centers are located at Arnold, Clinton, Columbia - Forum, Columbia - Parkade, Lake Of The Ozarks, Linn, Neosho, Park Hills, Poplar Bluff, Sedalia, St. Charles, St. Louis, Trenton & Union.


main campus

411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, Missouri 65248.

popular program

The technology-focused world of today constantly changes. As a result, organizations must have a technology infrastructure that is managed by someone to address the dynamic nature of the landscape. The Master of Science in Information Technology Management program is designed to produce graduates who can fill that role with practical knowledge and skills in management and information technology.



St. Louis & Online

Credit Hours



Online & Executive

Course Length

18-20 Months

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