Canadian Mennonite University

Canadian Mennonite University

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is an accredited Christian university that offers recognized degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology and church ministries.

Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CMU has over 1,600 students at three campuses: The Shaftesbury Campus in southwest Winnipeg; at Menno Simons College, its campus at the University of Winnipeg; and through Outtatown, CMU’s eight-month adventure and discipleship program that finds students serving and learning in western Canada, South Africa and Guatemala.

At CMU we value excellence in teaching, challenging academics, rigorous thinking, strong community life and practical preparation for a career. As a Christian university, we do this within a framework of faith in God, and with the conviction that faith makes a difference in how we understand our world.

CMU was chartered by the Province of Manitoba in 1998. Its first classes were held in 2000-01. It is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

CMU is officially supported by Mennonite Church Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba.


Canadian Mennonite University is the result of the amalgamation of three colleges: Mennonite Brethren Bible College/Concord College (est. 1944); Canadian Mennonite Bible College (est. 1947); and Menno Simons College (est. 1989).

The origins of CMU go back to the early 1990s when people from the business community and from four Mennonite colleges in Manitoba—CMBC, Concord College, Steinbach Bible College and Menno Simons College—met to talk about inter-Mennonite co-operation in higher education. This led to formal discussions among the colleges, beginning in 1995. Steinbach Bible College withdrew from the process in 1996.

In August, 1998, the government of Manitoba proclaimed the charter for the creation of a university-level, degree-granting federation of Mennonite colleges. On November 18, 1998, the three colleges signed a Memorandum of Agreement, signifying final approval for the creation of the federation. On May 4th, 1999, the agreement to purchase 500 Shaftesbury was concluded. The Mennonite College Federation began offering its new, jointly sponsored academic programs in September, 1999. By September, 2000, CMBC and Concord College located together on a common campus at 500/600 Shaftesbury Boulevard. (Menno Simons College remained in downtown Winnipeg as CMU’s campus at the University of Winnipeg.) In October, 2008, CMU became a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Residential Life

Many CMU students choose to live in residence, recognizing that the learning that happens from living together can be an important part of the educational experience. The residential community is a place to develop healthy relationships, find support when the way is difficult, and hold each other accountable for the choices that are made. Consider the opportunity to live on campus and be part of the thriving CMU community. There are three options on CMU’s main campus with a variety of different styles of accommodations.

Student Life

Spiritual life—following Christ in daily life and growing more deeply as believers—is important at CMU. We encourage this in a variety of formal and informal ways at the university. The formal ways include chapel, fellowship groups, prayer times and through spiritual direction.


Athletics is an integral part of life at CMU. The athletics program is committed to helping you develop excellence within the context of highly competitive intercollegiate sports, while at the same time helping you to balance yourself spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. The CMU Blazers have an established history of success in the Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference.

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