The Graduate Certificate in Canon Law (GCCL), offered by the Faculty of Canon Law, is a graduate program that provides advanced training in canon law for non-specialists whose occupation requires them to have additional expertise in this area.
The GCCL is granted jointly by Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.
The GCCL is intended for two types of student: (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 GCCL 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 certificate, 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.