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Canon Law

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  • Program requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Canon Law (GDCL) is a graduate program that provides a specialization in canon law for non-canonists to complement their own education and career needs.

The GDCL is granted jointly by Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.


The GDCL is intended for two audiences:

  1. Students who already have an adequate training in a related discipline, e.g. theology, religious studies, philosophy (ecclesiastical), mission studies.
  2. Students and practitioners of civil or common law who wish to acquire a further specialization in canon law.

The graduate diploma consists of 15 credits of course work.

The GDCL is offered in both French and English. All required courses are available in each language. Some elective courses may be offered in one language only.

On completion of the diploma, qualified students meeting admission requirements may apply for admission to the master’s in Canon Law program and, on admission, complete the requirements of this program with credit granted for relevant courses already completed in the diploma. The number of credits remaining would be assessed individually.

The diploma operates within the framework of the General Regulations of the FGPS, which are available on the Website at the following link: