Catholic Distance University

Basic Information

Address: 115 W. Congress St., Charles Town, WV 25414
Phone Number: 888-254-4238
President: Dr. Marianne Evans Mount

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Additional Information

School Type: Online University
Organization Affiliation: Catholic
Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts in the Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Catholic Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Theology Completion Program
Master of Arts in Theology
Master of Arts in Theology and Educational Ministry

School Setting:

All programs and courses are offfered completely online. For more information, visit our website at cdu.edu.

School Size: Small
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1
School Holidays: 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
Community:

Catholic

Housing Availability:

Not applicable; online university

Housing Type: Not applicable; online university
Diversity: CDU educates diverse students throughout the United States and in a number of countries throughout the world.
Tuition:

Undergraduate tuition: $305 per credit hour. Graduate tuition: $450 per credit hour.

Financial Aid:

CDU offers Federal Financial Aid. For information, see https://cdu.edu/federal-financial-aid/

Activities:

Not applicable; online university.

Clubs:

Not applicable; online university.

Sports:

Not applicable; online university.

School Championships:

Not applicable; online university.

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Not applicable; online university.

Majors:

Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Catholic Studies (associate's level)
Theology (undergraduate and graduate level)

Study Abroad:

Not applicable; online university.

Computer Capabilities:

Students need a fully functioning computer, tablet, or smartphone with an Internet connection and web browser. For courses with audio or video, Adobe flash or a media player may be needed. For academic courses with final exams, a camera, microphone, and Microsoft Word or an equivalent program are needed for the online proctored exam service. A printer is also strongly encouraged.

Admissions Requirements:

AA in Liberal Arts Degree:

  • Submit program application, $25 application fee, and two letters of recommendation from church, employer, teacher, or counselor.
  • Send official transcript(s) from high school, GED, or undergraduate institutions attended.

Applicants must have one of the following: GPA of at least 2.0 from the most recent school attended, acceptable SAT/ACT score, or completion of three credits at CDU with a minimum grade of 2.0.

Transfer Credit: CDU will accept up to 30 General Education credits earned with a minimum grade of 2.0 from other accredited colleges and universities provided that these credits meet the requirements of the program. Those who submit official transcripts with credits earned in the last 5 years must have at least a 2.0 GPA from the most recent issuing accredited institution. If the GPA is below a 2.0 or the transcript is more than five years old, the student must successfully complete a course at CDU with a minimum grade of 2.0 before being accepted into the program and applying for federal financial aid. CDU reserves the right to deny admission to students with more than three transcripts from different institutions.

BA in Theology Completion Degree:

  • Earn a minimum of 48 transferable undergraduate credits before applying. Students who have fewer credits are encouraged to either apply to the AA in Liberal Arts program or begin taking undergraduate-level courses prior to formal admission. Contact the Admissions Office at Admissions@cdu.edu for details.
  • Submit program application and $25 application fee.
  • Send official transcripts from undergraduate institutions attended.

Transfer Credit: 

A maximum of 81 undergraduate credits from another institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be accepted to fulfill general education/elective credits. CDU offers courses to help fulfill the general education/elective requirements.

Those who submit official transcripts with credits earned in the past five years must have at least a 2.0 GPA from the most recent accredited issuing institution. If the overall GPA is below a 2.0, the student must successfully complete a first course at CDU with a grade of 2.0 or higher before being accepted into the program and applying for federal financial aid.

Students with official transcripts that are over five years old must successfully complete a first course at CDU with a grade of 2.0 or higher before being accepted into the program and applying for federal financial aid. CDU reserves the right to deny admission to students with more than three transcripts from different institutions.

MA in Theology Degree:

  • Submit program application and $25 application fee
  • Submit a brief essay describing why you wish to pursue a degree in theology
  • Send official transcript from degree-issuing undergraduate institution
  • Complete THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition, with a grade of 3.0 or higher

Transfer Credit: Maximum of 6 theology graduate credits, earned within the last 5 years with a grade of 3.0 or higher, may be transferred. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the academic dean.

MA in Theology and Educational Ministry Degree:

  • Submit program application and $25 application fee
  • Send official transcript from degree-issuing undergraduate institution
  • Complete THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition, with a grade of 3.0 or higher

 

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Application Deadlines
AA/BA Program August 15 December 15 April 15
MA (Theology)/MA in Theology and Educational Ministry September 1 January 1 May 1

International Students:

As a global online university, CDU receives many applications each year from all over the world, and we understand the difficulties students may have in communicating with universities in a different country. Our goal is to make the admissions process as smooth as possible. Contact Admissions at 1.888.254.4238 ext 700 or admissions@cdu.edu to answer questions about special requirements for international students.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Catholic Distance University is to communicate the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world. Using distance education, the university educates teachers and learners worldwide in Catholic theology, the liberal arts, and faith development for the growth of faith, ecclesial service, and leadership for the New Evangelization.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The motto of CDU is Joy from the Truth, Gaudium de Veritate.

Catholic Distance University through its academic programs, its expertise in distance education, and its commitment to a strong learning community, fosters an encounter with the living God in Jesus Christ who is the "way, the truth, and the life." (Jn 14:6)

In his Apostolic Constitution Ex corde ecclesiae, Pope Saint John Paul II stated that, "[a Catholic university] shares that gaudium de veritate, so precious to St. Augustine, which is that joy of searching for, discovering, and communicating truth in every field of knowledge." (Ex corde ecclesiae, 1)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reminded Catholic educators, "First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth." (cf. Spe salvi 4). (Address, Catholic University of America, April 17, 2008)

Pope Francis described the goal of Catholic education, "To prepare hearts, that the Lord might manifest Himself…" (Address: Vatican Global Education Conference, November 21, 2015)

Summer Sessions:

Catholic Distance University offers two summer sessions, with courses beginning in May and July.