Technical Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions

1. What hardware and software do I need to take courses at CDU?  To take courses at CDU, the student needs 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. For academic courses with final exams, a camera and microphone are needed for the proctoring service.  A printer is also strongly encouraged. Please see the Canvas guide for system requirements for our online campus.

Guides and Information:  Students find the Canvas tool intuitive, but we encourage you to read and watch the helpful user guides and videos available at Be sure to bookmark this address for future reference.

2. My transcripts are not from US schools and are not calculated based on credits.   How can I have them evaluated for transfer credit to CDU, and are there additional fees for international students to attend CDU? 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.
3. I would like to start with a course before deciding on a program.  Can I do this at CDU? Yes!  Students can register for term courses as long as they have the academic prerequisites to do so.
4. I keep getting an invalid login message when I try to register for a course. What am I doing wrong?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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have them resent.
5. I am trying to get into my course but I don’t see it in MyCDU portal. What am I doing wrong? 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.  (See screenshot  below)
6. I have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than theology. Do I need to start with a BA in theology, or can I apply to the MA (Theology) program? 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.
7. Can you mail out a catalog and an admissions packet so I can review your offerings?  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
8. What does a course room look like, and what can I expect on the first day of class?  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.

9. I am trying to register for classes, but I keep getting a pop up blocker. How can I fix this?
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 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.”


10. I am trying to register, but I don’t see my course in the offerings. What am I doing wrong?  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.
11. How do I access the CDU Online Library? Access to the CDU online Library is available to all enrolled students via CANVAS.  Links to the 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.