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.

Essentials courses take place on McMaster's One James North Campus in downtown Hamilton. Courses marked with ^ are held on McMaster University's main campus

Spring 2017 -
In-person
Course Days Course # Tuition Date/Time Section
Achieving SMART Goals1ESS 837
Art of Active Listening0.5ESS 797$295Instructor - Lori Wilson
Wed, Jun 07
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C01
Building High-Performance Teams2ESS 871$895Instructor - Willi Wiesner
Tue, Jun 13 - Jun 20
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Business Storytelling1ESS 817
Coaching & Mentoring2ESS 902
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace1ESS 899
Creating Your Work-Life Balance0.5ESS 816$295Instructor - Lori Wilson
Tue, May 30
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
C01
Creative & Critical Thinking2ESS 862
Customer Service Excellence0.5ESS 801
Dealing with Difficult People0.5ESS 800$295Instructor - Susan Vaughn
Thu, May 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C01
Delegating that Works1ESS 806
Delivering Powerful Presentations1ESS 838
Dynamic Decision-Making^1ESS 814
Effective Business Writing1ESS 895
Emotional Intelligence at Work^1ESS 835
Finance for Non-Financial Managers2ESS 874
Fostering Workplace Innovation1ESS 820
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback1ESS 834
Innovation Foundations 0.5ESS 818
Intrapreneurship: The Innovator Within1ESS 819
Leadership Foundations1ESS 811
Leading Change for Success1ESS 812
Maximizing Personal Productivity1ESS 802
Meetings that Make a Difference0.5ESS 798
Navigating Change for Success1ESS 810
Negotiation Skills1ESS 877$445Instructor - Janice Locke
Thu, May 04
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Personal Leadership: Building from our Strengths*1ESS 813
Problem-Solving Primer1ESS 808
Project Management^2ESS 836
Strategic Planning Fundamentals1ESS 804$445Instructor - Anil Gupta
Wed, May 24
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors*1ESS 807
Supervision Essentials*1ESS 796

Course fees include refreshments, lunch and materials (lunch is not included for half-day courses). 
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. 

^ Course held on McMaster's main campus