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.

View the catalogue page for full details or visit the course listing for your Certificate of Completion to see which courses are applicable:

Please note schedule is subject to change at any time.

*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.