Eastern Mennonite University

About EMU

An EMU education helps students to discover their purpose in life and prepare to make a difference for the common good at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relationships with professors, cross-cultural awareness, care for creation, and service to others.

Just the right size

EMU is small enough that you can easily get to know classmates and faculty in various programs. Professors are mentors who know you personally and advise you 1:1. You can get involved in a variety of activities like theater, Student Government Association, campus ministry, intramural sports or intercollegiate sports, music or choir. All of these provide opportunities to learn more about yourself and develop valuable experiences for your future resume.

Liberal arts

As an undergraduate student, whatever your major, you will benefit from the value of a liberal arts education. Employers and graduate schools appreciate applicants with a liberal arts education foundation because they are well-rounded critical thinkers and problem solvers who have had wide exposure to issues and ideas from across disciplines and society. 

Life after graduation

EMU graduates earn more than a degree – they discern their purpose in life and are prepared to lead the organizations they serve for the common good. EMU alumni are successful business people, practitioners and professionals. Thousands have had significant impact with international service agencies such as Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service in addition to other denominationally-based and secular service programs.

EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Leymah began her journey at EMU with our world-renown Summer Peacebuilding Institute and went on to earn a masters in conflict transformation.

Harrisonburg, Virginia – Our Cool College Town

Harrisonburg, Virginia, is home to more than our school – we’re neighbors with James Madison University and Bridgewater College. The close proximity of colleges adds to our town’s upbeat, creative atmosphere and lively downtown. Harrisonburg is #5 on the Best College Towns in America list.  


About one-third of the first-year class is enrolled in an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2014-15 school year.

Original Research

1:1 mentoring and collaborative original research between faculty and students are staples of the EMU academic experience.


Average student-faculty ratio for undergrads: 10:1

Median class size: 14

Many EMU professors have experience living and working in other cultures, usually outside the United States. Several have been Fulbright Scholars. 79% of full-time faculties have terminal degrees.

Medical School Acceptance

Over the past 10 years, over 80% of EMU students who completed EMU’s pre-medical program were accepted into medical school.

Future Teacher Employment

100% of 2013-14 education grads seeking a teaching job were employed as teachers by fall 2014.

Accounting Graduate Pass Rate on CPA Exam

EMU accounting students ranked second in the state behind the University of Virginia for first-time pass rate on all sections of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam in 2012.

Benefit from professors who are mentors

A student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 means students work closely with PhD-holding professors who know their students by name. These relationships help students strengthen their character, values and personal networks and contribute to success in grad school and the workplace.

Many EMU professors have lived and worked in another culture, outside of the United States. Several are recent Fulbright Scholars.

Academics Like No Other

We’ve got the same programs the big schools offer, but our small class size and liberal arts focus gives professors the opportunity to mentor you 1:1. Faculty work with students like you to shape your college experience with unique courses and in-the-field practicums and internships.

Accreditations and Certifications

• Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges

• State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

• Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

• Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

• National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

• Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

• Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

Programs of Study: 

Accounting; Art; Bible and Religion; Biblical Studies; Biochemistry; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry;  Church Music; Clinical Laboratory Science;  Coaching; Communication; Computer Science; Congregational and Youth Ministries; Digital Communication; Digital Media; Digital Video Production; Economics; Education; English; Environmental Sustainability; Finance; Gender Studies; Health and Physical Education; History; History and Social Science; International Business; International Development; Journalism; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Management and Organizational Development;  Mathematics;  Music; Nursing;  Outdoor Ministry and Adventure Leadership; Peacebuilding and Development; Philosophy; Philosophy and Theology; Photography; Physics; Political Studies; Pre-Engineering; Pre-Law; Pre-Professional Health Sciences; Recreation Leadership and Sport Promotion; Religious and Intercultural Studies; Social Work; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Theater; Writing Studies; Youth Ministry; Bible; General Studies (Liberal Arts); Management and Organizational Development; Environmental Sustainability;  International Development; Social Work; Sociology; Peacebuilding and Development; Bible and Religion; Biblical Studies Congregational and Youth Ministries Philosophy; Philosophy and Theology; Religious and Intercultural Studies;  Youth Ministry; Chemistry; Biochemistry; Biology Clinical Laboratory; Environmental Sustainability; Accounting; Business Administration; Economics;  Finance; International Business Management and Organizational Development; Early/Primary Education (PreK-3) and Elementary Education (PreK-6); Special Education (K-12) ; Secondary Education (6-12) ; All-Grade Education (PreK-12); Health and Physical Education (PreK-12); Music Education (PreK-12); HISTORY;  Gender Studies; History and Social Science; Political Studies; Pre-Law; English; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Writing Studies; Computer Science; Mathematics; Physics; Pre-Engineering; Church Music; Interdisciplinary Studies; Music Education (PreK-12); Music Performance; Nursing Coaching; Health and Physical Education (PreK-12); Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Outdoor Ministry and Adventure Leadership; Recreation Leadership and Sport Promotion; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Dental; Pre-Engineering; Pre-Occupational Therapy; Pre-Osteopathy; Pre-Pharmacy; Pre-Physical Therapy; Pre-Physician Assistant; Pre-Surgical Assistant; Pre-Veterinary; Psychology; Theater; Art;  Communication; Digital Communication; Digital Media; Digital Video Production;  Journalism; Photography; 

Master’ Degrees

• MA in biomedicine

• MA in counseling

• MSN in leadership and management – online

• MSN in leadership and school nurse – online

• MA in interdisciplinary studies

• MA in organizational leadership

• MBA – residential

• Collaborative MBA – online

• MA in education

• MA in conflict transformation

• Seminary – MA in church leadership

• Seminary – MA in religion

• Seminary – MDiv

• Dual Degree: MDiv/MBA

• Dual Degree: MDiv/MA in counseling

• Dual Degree: MDiv/MA in conflict transformation