Frequently Asked Questions

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 Examity®, an online proctoring service.

You will need:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet or Chromebook)
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload
  • Operating systems: Windows XP or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later.

A Test Taker-Guide will be provided on how to use Examity®. You will need to log in to set up your profile and will not be able to schedule exams until your profile is complete. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Examity’s technical support team 24/7 via email at or phone at (855)-392-6489.

Yes, CDU has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, a nationally recognized accrediting agency, continuously since 1986. CDU is 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. The Graduate School of Theology has been named a Candidate for Accreditation by the Commission on Accrediting of  The Association of Theological Schools.

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
Catechetical Programs Dean ext 709
Noncredit Registrar ext. 713
Finance ext. 708
Financial Aid ext. 702
Registrar ext. 716
Marketing ext. 717
Office of the President ext. 717
Technology ext. 705
Academic Dean ext. 701

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.

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.