Non-Degree Seeking Students

Are you...

  • looking to update a teaching certification?
  • working on a degree at another school and in need of a theology course?
  • simply seeking greater knowledge of the Catholic faith?

CDU offers the option of taking undergraduate and graduate courses without applying to one of our academic programs. For undergraduate courses, proof of high school graduation or GED or any college transcripts for undergraduate level courses is required. For graduate level courses, a copy of college transcripts for any undergraduate degree is required. How to submit transcripts. Assignments, testing and tuition are the same for non-degree seeking students.

Any CDU undergraduate and graduate level course successfully completed can be applied toward a CDU degree program. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Term Courses

CDU offers three-credit courses that begin six times a year. Classes meet asynchronously, which means 'not at the same time', so students choose the day and time that is most convenient for them to log into their course rooms. Each course is formatted into a series of weekly lessons plus two-weeks for a final exam. Most three-credit courses also require a term paper.  All exams are proctored through an online proctoring service.  Students are required to take their exams on a computer having a camera and microphone.

Research shows that interactive group classes offer the optimal learning environment. Unique to CDU is our courseroom design, which encourages interaction with the professor and other students. Each course room provides the atmosphere of a classroom. There is a weekly lecture presented for students to read, hear or watch (depending on the course and the student's preference). A discussion area provides space for students to post questions and responses that address the week's lecture. The courseroom is open 24/7, which means that students can study at those times that best fit their schedules.

For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

"I can assure you of my profound gratitude and appreciation for everything the Catholic Distance University has done throughout its 29-year history and will continue to do in the future - casting the net out into the deep, in even more expansive and technologically advanced ways - for the sake of the New Evangelization."

-Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano
Apostolic Nuncio