Frequently Asked Questions

While many universities offer online programs today, most prioritize their campus-based programs. At CDU, online students are our only students! CDU has educated students from afar since 1983 and was the first university to offer accredited online theological degrees and faith formation in the United States. Our student testimonials confirm our transformative curriculum.

Distance education is a systems approach to education. While more and more institutions are now forced to offer online classes, many do not have fully integrated systems to support students working remotely, unlike CDU. In addition, our small class sizes ensure that students receive personalized attention from caring faculty and staff. CDU has mastered the art of creating courses that nurture interaction, discussion, and collaboration with classmates and faculty that highlights a pedagogy that enriches the whole person.

Certainly! CDU has been forming missionary disciples throughout the world since 1983. While many of our students choose CDU initially to grow in their knowledge of the teachings of the Church, we know that of the 2016-2019 alumni, 90% are now serving in Church-related ministries in faith formation, education, catechesis, evangelization, youth ministry, and media and communications, to name a few. A number of graduates have entered the seminary, been ordained as priests, become permanent deacons, or entered religious life. All CDU graduates bring their transformative relationship with Jesus Christ to their families, communities, and professions. CDU is a path of lifelong service for the Church, often in the fields of theology, catechetics, healthcare, and evangelization. Our graduates radiate the love of knowing God more deeply.

CDU’s academic programs all have pride of place for the study of theology at the center in relation to other disciplines. Each program in its own way, however, is intended to equip students to witness “Joy from the Truth” to the wider world, where they touch the lives of many and strive to make fishers of men. The study of philosophy provides a pathway to common truth shared by all people, and at the undergraduate level, the study of human civilization provides this opportunity. Courses in theology and other disciplines specifically equip students to engage with ideas present in the wider world.

CDU follows the vision of a Catholic university according to St. John Paul II in Ex corde ecclesiae, which stresses the unity of all truth and the integration of faith and reason. All courses are designed to enhance the study of theology while providing a broad, liberal arts education that stimulates a desire for lifelong learning, a continuing sense of wonder, and the courage to live an authentic Christian life in and through specific vocational career paths and in our common vocation as Christians who serve the common good.

To take courses at CDU, you need a computer or tablet with an Internet connection and web browser. For courses with audio or video, Adobe flash or a media player may be needed. A printer is also strongly encouraged. Please see the Canvas guide for system requirements for our online learning management system. For academic courses with final exams, an online proctoring service will be used. See the FAQ below for proctoring service system requirements.

Final exams for academic courses will be taken using RPNow, an online proctoring service.

You will need:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet, Chromebook or mobile device)
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 300 kb/s download speed and 300 kb/s upload; satellite and dial up connections are not supported
  • Operating systems: Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or MAC 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.5; Windows OS not supported on MAC

A Test Taker-Guide will be provided on how to use RPNow. If you have any questions or concerns, contact RPNows’s technical support team 24/7 at (855)-436-2039.

Yes, CDU has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, a nationally recognized accrediting agency, continuously since 1986. The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of  The Association of Theological Schools. CDU is also a candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditor in the North Central region of the United States, which includes West Virginia, CDU’s home state.

You can start with just one course, and then take another if you decide that CDU is right for you. We welcome all students! CDU offers something for anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic Faith, from continuing education to academic certificate and degree programs.

Hours of Operation

9 am to 5 pm EST. The online campus is open to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Holiday Schedule

CDU observes the following Holy Days and holidays throughout the year. On these days the administrative offices are closed.

Holy Thursday – Thursday before Easter
Good Friday – Friday before Easter
Feast of the Assumption – August 15
Feast of All Saints – November 1
Feast of the Immaculate Conception – December 8
Christmas Break – December 23 – January 1
Memorial Day – Last Monday in May
Independence Day – July 4
Labor Day – 1st Monday in September
Thanksgiving – 4th Thursday in November
Day after Thanksgiving – 4th Friday in November

Staff members can be contacted by email by clicking on the links or at the following extensions by dialing (888) 254-4238.

Admissions ext. 700
Noncredit Registrar ext. 713
Catechetical Programs Dean ext 709
Finance ext. 708
Financial Aid ext. 702
Registrar ext. 716
Technology ext. 705
Office of the President ext. 717
Faculty Chair and Academic Advising  ext. 703
Academic Dean  ext. 701
Marketing ext. 717

Once in the online campus, students can access courses via their dashboard.  Each course has a home page that helps students navigate to welcome area, the course syllabus, and weekly modules.  Students also have access to the Student Life area and the Library.  Online help is available 24/7.

Students are strongly advised to begin with only one course per term to acquaint themselves with the demands of online coursework.  Students wishing to take more than one course should consult with the student adviser. Undergraduate students, looking to be considered full time in a semester, are advised to take no more than a course load of two 3-credit courses per concurrent term.  Graduate students, looking to be considered full time in a semester, are advised to take no more than a course load of one 3-credit course per concurrent term. Students who wish to take courses in overlapping terms should consult the academic advisor or the academic dean.

International students seeking admission must present an English evaluation (not just a translation) of their credentials. An English translation differs from an English evaluation in that the evaluation refers to the quality of the foreign school attended, the equivalency of the student’s coursework to the CDU degree, and the equivalency of the student’s international scores into a U.S. equivalent grade.  There are several recognized agencies throughout the country that provide this service. It typically costs around $100.   There are no additional fees assessed for international students to take courses at CDU.

Those presenting official high school and/or college transcripts are not required to provide SAT, ACT, or GRE scores. Those who have not yet earned college credit must submit an official state high school transcript. For homeschooled students from states that do not issue official state transcripts, CDU requires either a GED exam, SAT or ACT scores along with transcript.

Yes!  Students can register for term courses as long as they have the academic prerequisites to do so.

If you know you have a mycdu account, you may not have entered the correct login information so try again and if you get the same message, contact to resend the login credentials.  If you are new to CDU, you may not have fully completed your initial registration.  In this case, go to and complete the registration form with the login you created so you can then proceed with course registration.  If you need your login credentials, contact to have them resent.

The course instruction is in the online campus and you must set up a user name and password to access the campus.  The campus can be accessed from the home page of and from your MyCdu portal.

Students who are interested in earning a graduate degree or certificate need to possess a Bachelor’s level degree or higher but a theology background is not required.

CDU does not mail out printed marketing or admissions materials.   We strive to keep our website updated on a regular basis.  Online applications to all of our programs, curriculum content and course offerings are available via

Check the term in the upper left corner of the mycdu portal and make sure you are in the right term.  You can change the term by clicking change term link to select the appropriate term.

If this is your first time entering MyCDU, turn off your pop-up blocker for our site by choosing one of the following, depending on which Internet browser you use:

  • For Google Chrome: Go to the Action menu (three dots on toolbar) >  Settings > Advanced > under Privacy and Security > Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects > select “Allowed.”
  • For Internet Explorer: Go to the Tools menu > Internet Options > Privacy Tab and un-check the box.
  • For Firefox in Windows: Go to the Tools menu > Options > Content and un-check the box.
  • For Firefox on Mac: Go to the Firefox menu > Preferences > Content and un-check the box.
  • For Safari: Go to the Action menu (the gear icon) and uncheck “Block Pop-up windows.”

Access to the Online Library is available to all enrolled students via CANVAS.  Links to the Online Library can be found on the left sidebar of each course; students can access the library orientation and library plan once in the Online Library. Librarian Sr. Rebecca Abel is available at to provide assistance and answer questions.