The Essentials

Critical tools for success.

Learn professional skills for success with these focused programs.

Schedule & Fees

Each Essentials course is aligned with different Certificates of Completion.
Some courses are aligned with one stream, while others may be aligned to multiple streams.

*UPDATE* Beginning fall 2018, lunch will no longer be provided at Essentials courses. Participants will receive more information in their pre-course email message.​

Essentials courses take place on McMaster's One James North Campus in downtown Hamilton.

Hamilton In-Person (H)
Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019
business essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Business Storytelling 1 ESS 817 $445
Tues, Mar 19 - Mar 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Customer Service Excellence 0.5 ESS 801 $295
Thur, May 09 - May 09
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445
Thur, May 23 - May 23
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Finance for Non-Financial Managers 2 ESS 874 $895
Thur Fri, Dec 13 - Dec 14
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895
Tues Wed, Nov 27 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur Fri, May 02 - May 03
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strategic Planning Fundamentals 1 ESS 804 $445
Thur, Feb 21 - Feb 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495
Wed, Dec 05 - Dec 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur, Mar 07 - Mar 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
communication essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Art of Active Listening 0.5 ESS 797 $295
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Business Storytelling 1 ESS 817 $445
Tues, Mar 19 - Mar 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895
Tues, Feb 19 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445
Thur, Oct 11 - Oct 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 11 - Jun 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Customer Service Excellence 0.5 ESS 801 $295
Thur, May 09 - May 09
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Dealing with Difficult People 0.5 ESS 800 $295
Wed, Apr 10 - Apr 10
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445
Thur, May 23 - May 23
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $445
Thur, Sep 27 - Sep 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495
Wed, Nov 28 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 18 - Jun 18
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Meetings that Make a Difference 0.5 ESS 798 $295
Tues, Dec 11 - Dec 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495
Wed, Feb 06 - Feb 06
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
innovation essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Art of Active Listening 0.5 ESS 797 $295
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445
Thur, Oct 11 - Oct 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 11 - Jun 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creative & Critical Thinking 2 ESS 862 $895
Wed Thur, Jan 23 - Jan 24
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Problem-Solving Primer 1 ESS 808 $445
Tues, Nov 06 - Nov 06
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
leadership essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Business Storytelling 1 ESS 817 $445
Tues, Mar 19 - Mar 19
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895
Tues, Feb 19 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creative & Critical Thinking 2 ESS 862 $895
Wed Thur, Jan 23 - Jan 24
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445
Tues, Feb 12 - Feb 12
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495
Wed, Nov 28 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 18 - Jun 18
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leadership Foundations 1 ESS 811 $495
Thur, Nov 15 - Nov 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 04 - Jun 04
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strategic Planning Fundamentals 1 ESS 804 $445
Thur, Feb 21 - Feb 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495
Wed, Dec 05 - Dec 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur, Mar 07 - Mar 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
productivity essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Achieving SMART Goals 1 ESS 837 $445
Tues, Jun 25 - Jun 25
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Art of Active Listening 0.5 ESS 797 $295
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445
Thur, Oct 11 - Oct 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 11 - Jun 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creating Your Work-Life Balance 0.5 ESS 816 $295
Tues, Apr 16 - Apr 16
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445
Tues, Feb 12 - Feb 12
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445
Thur, May 23 - May 23
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495
Wed, Nov 28 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 18 - Jun 18
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Maximizing Personal Productivity 1 ESS 802 $495
Tues, Oct 16 - Oct 16
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $445
Tues, Jan 29 - Jan 29
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895
Tues Wed, Nov 27 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur Fri, May 02 - May 03
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
team essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Building High-Performance Teams 2 ESS 871 $895
Wed, Jun 19 - Jun 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445
Thur, Oct 11 - Oct 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, Jun 11 - Jun 11
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Dealing with Difficult People 0.5 ESS 800 $295
Wed, Apr 10 - Apr 10
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Meetings that Make a Difference 0.5 ESS 798 $295
Tues, Dec 11 - Dec 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $445
Tues, Jan 29 - Jan 29
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495
Wed, Feb 06 - Feb 06
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01

Schedule and Fees subject to change.  

Course fees include refreshments and materials (lunch is not included).
Upon successful completion, 1-day and 2-day courses may be applied towards elective requirements in the Business Administration Diploma. 

* Students must enrol at least two weeks before the start date to allow time for an online assessment to be completed prior to the course.