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Canonical Practice

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  • Program requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Canonical Practice (GDCP) aims to provide students with the skills and information needed for various canonical professions.

The graduate diploma program consists of 15 credits of course work.


The GDCP is open to students who have a degree in canon law or have already completed significant training in canon law and need a specialization to obtain employment in careers involving the practice of canon law. It allows them to acquire or deepen the knowledge and skills required for occupations and professions such as: judge, defender of the bond, promoter of justice, chancery personnel, lawyer, canonical consultant for various religious bodies, etc.

The GDCP is also available as a refresher program for canon lawyers and others who are already employed in the above mentioned positions, and who need updated or additional knowledge and specialized skills in particular areas of canonical practice.

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

The GDCP 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: