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Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, also known as UMESP or simply Metodista, is a private university based in the city of São Bernardo do Campo, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Its history dates back to 1938, with the creation of a Methodist Church Theology Faculty in São Bernardo do Campo. In 1970, Instituto Metodista de Ensino Superior—IMS was created and, in 1997, it was granted university status. The University currently enrolls over 18 thousand students, the most popular programmes being in the areas of communications and theology.