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Canon Law

Faculty of Canon Law

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Admission applications for September 2024 are now accepted.

Program description

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

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

On completion of the diploma, qualified students meeting admission requirements may apply for admission to the Master of Canon Law program and, on admission, complete the requirements of this program with credit granted for relevant courses already completed in the diploma.

Admission Details

Registration: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 5 courses
Program delivery method: The program may be completed online or on campus

For more information about admission deadlines, please click here.


Students registered in this program may be eligible for a limited number of scholarships. For more information, please click here.

This diploma is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa.