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Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies


The Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies provides an opportunity to study the Catholic intellectual tradition at one of Canada’s most historic Roman Catholic institutes of higher learning. Students will begin by completing a foundational course on the Catholic intellectual tradition which outlines the major concepts of Catholic thought. This course will be followed by courses on social justice and interfaith dialogue. A topics course will be offered that will focus on a special issue. Finally, students will compete a capstone project whereby they will outline, research, and deliver a workshop in any area of Catholic studies. One of the most advantageous components of this program is that it is regarded as a hiring asset by seven Catholic school boards in the province:

  • Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
  • London District Catholic School Board
  • Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
  • Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Wellington Catholic District School Board

This diploma is advantageous to students seeking employment in the Catholic education, healthcare, or social services sectors. In addition, given the program’s flexibility, it fits within the busy schedules of working professionals, particularly teachers, consultants, and administrators in search of an added graduate credential for possible career advancement.

Quotes of Support for Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies

“The Church, as Pope Francis has stressed, cannot be turned inward on herself and her internal problems but must be turned outward on her mission to proclaim the Gospel to the world. To carry on this mission, Catholics today need to be strong in their faith and know the Church’s rich tradition. The new Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies offered by Assumption University is greatly needed and will be especially helpful to those working in Catholic education, health care and social services. I am pleased to offer my support for this excellent program.”

-The Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB
Bishop of London and Chancellor of Assumption University

Admissions Points of Entry

September (Fall), January (Winter), or May (Spring).

Minimum Admissions Requirement

Those seeking admissions to the graduate diploma must possess a four-year honours degree in any field of study. Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% in all undergraduate courses to be considered for admission. Please note that meeting the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission into the program.

Application Package

  1. Online Application Form (See Below)
  2. All Undergraduate Transcripts (Official)

Please have official transcripts emailed to

Admissions Process

Assumption University’s Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) will evaluate each completed application received and recommend those for admission. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Given the limited space in each course, students are encouraged to apply on time.

Diploma Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies requires students to complete 15 credits or five one-semester courses. All students must complete Foundations of Catholic Thought followed by an additional four courses. Students need to obtain a minimum grade of 60% or C- in each course.

Per Course Entry

Students wishing to take one course within the program may do so, but still are required to submit an application.

Tuition 2022-2023

The tuition cost per course is $800.00 Canadian for the 2022-2023 year (May 1 to April 30). The same tuition rate will be charged to Canadians/Permanent Residents and International students. This rate was approved by Assumption University’s Board of Governors.

Ancillary Fees

There are no ancillary fees at Assumption University.


There are a limited number of seats for those seeking to audit the courses. Audit students will be only considered if there is room after the for-credit students have been admitted. Those auditing a course will be charged $400.00 for the 2022-2023 year (May 1 to April 30). Those seeking to audit a course will be required to submit an application.


The Joseph Robert Comuzzi Scholarship (established in 2022) is open to all students who have been admitted into the Graduate Diploma in Catholic Studies. The scholarship requires candidates to have a distinguished academic record and evidence of volunteer service.  The candidates must also provide their letter of acceptance to be considered. The scholarship is valued at $1,000.00 (Canadian). Financial need will also be considered. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is June 24, 2022.

A link to this scholarship can be found here.

Directed Readings

Students may apply to take a directed reading course in a subject related to Catholic studies that is not sufficiently covered in other courses. The directed reading must contain the same number of readings and assignments as a regular course. There must be regular communication between the supervisor and student. All directed readings must be approved by the Graduate Chair.

Diploma Conferral

The diploma is conferred by Assumption University’s Senate and will bear the official seal of the university. The diploma will be signed by both the chancellor (Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB) and principal (Dr. John Cappucci).

Course Titles

Foundations of Catholic Thought: CATH 8000 (3.00 Credit)
Catholicism and Social Justice: CATH 8100 (3.00 Credit)
Catholicism and Dialogue: CATH 8200 (3.00 Credit)
Topics in Catholic Studies: CATH 8500 (3.00 Credit)
Directed Readings in Catholic Studies CATH 8800 (3.00 Credit)
Catholic Studies Capstone Project: CATH 8900 (3.00 Credit)

Fall 2022 – Tentative Timetable

Course Code Course Title Day and Time


CATH 8000

Foundations of Catholic Thought Wednesdays 6:00-8:50 PM

Cappucci, John

The first class will be on Wednesday September 14, 2022.


If you have questions about this program, please contact Dr. John Cappucci, Graduate Chair at