The Catholic Distance University

Using online courses to educate learners worldwide in theology, the liberal arts and faith development for the growth of faith and the New Evangelization, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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115 W. Congress St.
Charles Town, WV 25414
(304) 724-5000

Enrollment: 220

The Catholic Distance University Website

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required *
  • Theologians’ Oath *

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession (N/A) *
  • Speakers Vetted (N/A) *
  • Unobjectionable Clubs (N/A) *
  • No Coed Dorms (N/A) *
  • Health Services Okay (N/A) *

School’s Comments:

Institution: A pioneer in distance learning, CDU was founded in 1983 as the first catechetical institute in the United States to award the “Catechetical Diploma” and teach the Catholic faith to adults using distance education. CDU offered its first degree program in 1996.

Today CDU is a fully online, accredited university offering an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Catholic studies, a B.A. in theology degree completion program, and M.A. degrees in theology and theology and educational ministry. The university also offers a “Catechetical Diploma” program, several graduate certificates, an undergraduate certificate and continuing-education certificates and courses. Archbishop Timothy Broglio serves as chancellor of the university, and Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D., serves as president. For more information, visit

Mandatum & Theologians’ Oath: Since our theology faculty are primarily adjunct, the mandatum is taken in the diocese of their full-time employment. 

Campus Culture: Catholic Distance University is the only fully online university recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.