The Graduate Certificate in Ecclesiastical Administration (GCECA) is a graduate program that offers an advanced specialization, within the general discipline of canon law, suited to careers in church administration.
The GCEA is open to students who have a university degree in canon law, or have already completed significant training in canon law, and are interested in careers in the administration of various church institutions and organizations.
The program provides students with specialized knowledge, from the perspective of canon law, of issues related to the governance and management of dioceses and religious institutes, church tribunals, ecclesiastical educational and health care institutions, and other similar bodies.
The GCEA is conferred jointly by Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.
The GCEA 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.
The certificate operates within the framework of the General Regulations of the FGPS, which are available on the Website at the following link: