Why Catholic Distance University?

Our programs are inspiring, affordable, taught by excellent faculty, and allow you to study at the pace you choose. At CDU you can earn an accredited degree completely online while developing a deeper passion for Christ and his Church. Established in 1983 to empower learners everywhere to encounter the living word of God through high quality academic programs, CDU awards degrees and certificates in theology and the liberal arts and offers non-credit continuing education programs in catechetics and faith formation.

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What our students are saying...

Tholenjpg“I knew what I believed was true, but now I know why it is so. I have answers to so many questions, and [CDU] has only deepened my faith and pulled me closer toward God – Father, Son, and Spirit.”
-Michelle Sheehan Tholen, MA in Theology


ciesla“Being a CDU student not only prepared me to be a better Catholic man, but also a better Army officer. I can now make decisions that are informed by my Faith and the teachings of the Church.” -Col. John Ciesla (Ret.), MA in Theology