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Doctorate in Canon Law

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  • Program requirements

The ecclesiastical Doctorate in Canon Law (DCL/JCD) is a research degree that consists of six credits of coursework, a comprehensive examination, and the defense of a doctoral thesis. Three of the credits are from a compulsory doctoral level canon law course offered at Saint Paul University (listed below). The other three credits may either be taken in another graduate course in canon law offered by Saint Paul University or, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law, the credits can come from a graduate course offered elsewhere in a field related to the student’s research. Coursework and the comprehensive examination must be completed within the first four sessions of registration in the doctoral program. Any exceptions need approval from the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law.