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The Essentials

Critical tools for success.

Learn professional skills for success with these focused programs.

Schedule & Fees

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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 $445.00
Tues, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Customer Service Excellence 0.5 ESS 801 $295.00
Thur, May 09 - May 09
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $445.00
Thur, Sep 27 - Sep 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Finance for Non-Financial Managers 2 ESS 874 $895.00
Thurs/Fri, Jan 24 - Jan 25
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445.00
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895.00
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 $445.00
Thur, Feb 21 - Feb 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495.00
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 $295.00
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
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 $295.00
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Business Storytelling 1 ESS 817 $445.00
Tues, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895.00
Tues, Feb 19 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thurs/Wed, Apr 11 - Apr 17
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C02
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445.00
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 $295.00
Thur, May 09 - May 09
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Dealing with Difficult People 0.5 ESS 800 $295.00
Wed, Apr 10 - Apr 10
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $445.00
Thur, Sep 27 - Sep 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
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 $445.00
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495.00
Wed, Feb 27 - Feb 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
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 $295.00
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445.00
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
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445.00
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Problem-Solving Primer 1 ESS 808 $445.00
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 $445.00
Tues, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895.00
Tues, Feb 19 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thurs/Wed, Apr 11 - Apr 17
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C02
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445.00
Tues, Mar 26 - Mar 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
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 $445.00
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445.00
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leadership Foundations 1 ESS 811 $495.00
Thur, Nov 15 - Nov 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thurs, Mar 28 - Mar 28
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 $295.00
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strategic Planning Fundamentals 1 ESS 804 $445.00
Thur, Feb 21 - Feb 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495.00
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 $295.00
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
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
Art of Active Listening 0.5 ESS 797 $295.00
Tues, Nov 20 - Nov 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445.00
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 $295.00
Tues, Apr 16 - Apr 16
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445.00
Tues, Mar 26 - Mar 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $445.00
Thur, Sep 27 - Sep 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
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 $495.00
Tues, Oct 16 - Oct 16
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $445.00
Tues, Jan 29 - Jan 29
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895.00
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
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $445.00
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 $295.00
Wed, Apr 10 - Apr 10
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $445.00
Thur, Nov 08 - Nov 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445.00
Tues, Oct 02 - Oct 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, May 07 - May 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
Tues, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $445.00
Tues, Jan 29 - Jan 29
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
Tues, Apr 02 - Apr 02
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495.00
Wed, Feb 27 - Feb 27
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
Thurs, Apr 25 - Apr 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Wednesday, Jun 26 - Jun 26
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.