Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You Have Questions and We Have Answers!

If you have a question and are unable to find the answer below, please contact the Neuhoff Institute directly at or call 972-721-4118.

The CPM is an adult continuing education program designed in cooperation with the Diocese of Dallas to meet the formation needs of a variety of parish level ministers and to enable personal enrichment to adults seeking to enhance their personal faith life.

While the program is principally designed for active parishioners and volunteer ministers, it may also be of value to professional ministers who do not have or are unable to pursue an academic degree in ministry. Although the Diocese of Dallas remains our primary partner, today the program is opened to anyone of all education levels, across the United States. 

All classes are taught by instructors who have at least a Master’s degree in Theology, Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Catechetical Ministry or related field.

Classes are offered at a variety of days, times and locations. Online and in-person. Neuhoff faculty not only travel across the Diocese of Dallas to deliever courses, but also acoss  the United States to whereever they are called to teach and serve.  

There is no limit as to the number of courses that a student may regsiter for or take. Students may take courses until they complete the CPM certificate, long after their recieve the certificate, or just one-two courses that interest them. How many or how little courses students take is entirely up to them! 

Register online here prior to the first class session.  Please complete all requested information. And reach out to us if you need additional assistance at or call 972.721.4118. 

Each class is $100, however, certain partner relationships allow us to offer courses at a discounted rate.

Currently, we have partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, for example, in that Catholic person who is a member of a parish in the diocese pays $50 of the $100 fee and the diocese pays the remainder of the fee. 

If you would like to take courses with us and are in need of financial assistance or would like to explore a partnership that may offer courses at a reduced rate, please contact the Executive Director, Dr. Jodi Hunt, Ph.D. at or call 972-265-5835.

When registering online as student can choose to pay by credit card or by check: 

  • Credit Card: If payment by credit card is chosen, the payment is made at the time of registration.
  • Check: If payment by check is made, a student will be emailed an invoice within 2 business days and then check payments are made at the University of Dallas Office of Finance in Cardinal Farrel Hall on the UD campus during regular business hours (8 am – 5 pm). You must have an invoice or student number in order to pay by check.

Cash payments are NOT accepted. Payment must be received prior to the second class session or a student will not be allowed to attend class. 

Classes are once a week for two (2) hours over the course of five weeks. Additional formats (e.g. weekend and summer intensives) are also often made available. 

No – classes may be taken in any sequence. Some elective/concentration classes have recommended perquisites because they have foundational information that will assist the student in class. 

A certificate is earned by completing a total of 18 classes – 12 core classes and 6 electives.  Electives can be in a specific concentration or of a student’s choice. 

Yes, in order to get credit for a class a student must attend all five classes. However, if a student misses a course session due to illness, death in the family, or other unforseen/irregular circumstances, course instructors may offer an alternative assignment to make-up for the missed assignment. 

Any excused absence or the opportunity to make up a missed course session is at the discretion of the instructor. 

Yes, classes are capped at 40 students. 

Yes. If there is insufficient enrollment the University of Dallas and the Neuhoff Institute reserves the right to cancel a class.  Refunds or credits will be given to anyone who has registered. 


If you have registered for the annual course and the first session has already begun, there will be no refunds issued. Instead, there will be a credit of the missed CPM classes assigned to your account that must be used by the next academic year. 

For individual five-week registrations, if the first class has already begun, there will be no refund issued. Instead, there will be a credit of one CPM class assigned to  your account and must be used by the next academic year. 

**Refunds will only be issued if you cancel your registration before classes have met. 

Yes! We regularly offer courses online in both the asynchronous (self-paced with faculty guidances/interaction and discussion boards) and synchronous (virtual live-sessions).