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Ecclesiastical Administration

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  • Program requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Ecclesiastical Administration (GDEA) offers an advanced specialization, within the general discipline of canon law, suited to careers in church administration. From the perspective of canon law, the program provides the students a specialized knowledge of issues related to the governance and management of dioceses, religious institutes, church tribunals, ecclesiastical institutions of education and healthcare, and other similar bodies.

The graduate diploma program requires 15 credits of coursework.

The GDEA is open to students who have a university degree in canon law, or have already completed significant training in canon law.

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

The GDEA is offered in both French and English. All compulsory 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 certificate. 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: