Catholic Distance University

  • Catholic Distance University


  • Catholic Distance University


  • Catholic Distance University





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Catholic Distance University (online)

Catholic Distance University offers an associate’s degree in liberal arts and an undergraduate degree completion program in theology, with faithfully Catholic courses entirely online.

High school graduates can start with CDU’s associate’s degree in the liberal arts with a concentration in Catholic studies, then apply those 60 credits toward CDU’s degree completion program or a degree at partner colleges including Newman Guide-recommended Belmont Abbey College and University of St. Thomas in Houston. The associate’s degree includes three theology and two philosophy courses.

On the other end, CDU accepts up to 81 credits from accredited colleges for its theology bachelor’s completion degree. The accelerated master’s program allows undergraduates to get ahead with up to nine graduate theology credits. Students can also earn the Vatican-authorized catechetical diploma.

The president of CDU and all Catholic faculty make the Profession of Faith upon hiring, and all theology professors have the mandatum. Every professor is Catholic, as are 95 percent of undergraduates.

Online courses are asynchronous, so that students can watch the recordings at their own convenience. Since the University is all online without the campus formation at other Newman Guide colleges, Catholic families should plan for local options to receive the Sacraments, form Catholic friendships, and engage in wholesome activities.

More and more students today are turning to online college options. CDU provides students with the opportunity to receive an education that will enhance their understanding of the Catholic faith and engage with fellow Catholics—all at a very affordable price.

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The Cardinal Newman Society embraces a wide variety of models of faithful Catholic education, meeting the various needs of families and students. With its expertise in solid Catholic theology, Catholic Distance University provides an affordable option that can be paired with good parish and social programs at home.

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Catholic Identity Special Recognition for Catholic Distance University in The Newman Guide:

  • GOLD: Catholic Trustees

    100% of trustees are Catholic.

  • GOLD: Profession of Faith

    All Catholic faculty and president make the Profession of Faith at least once upon hiring, and all theology faculty have the mandatum.

  • GOLD: Theology and Philosophy

    At least 24 credits of study in Catholic theology and philosophy required for all undergraduates.

  • GOLD: Catholic Faculty

    100% of faculty is Catholic.

  • GOLD: Catholic Students

    At least 95% of students are Catholic.

All of the colleges recognized in The Newman Guide are serious about faithful Catholic formation and education, but they are quite different in many important respects. Explore their websites, talk to faculty and admissions counselors, and visit their campuses to determine which is right for you!