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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 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
business essentials
Course Days Course # Tuition
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Date /Time /Format Sec
Customer Service Excellence 0.5 ESS 801 $295.00
WED, May 13 - May 13
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445.00
WED, May 20 - May 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $495.00
WED, Sep 25 - Sep 25
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Finance for Non-Financial Managers 2 ESS 874 $895.00
Thur Fri, Feb 06 - Feb 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $495.00
TUES, Nov 05 - Nov 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
TUES, Oct 22 - Oct 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Apr 01 - Apr 01
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
WED, Feb 26 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895.00
FRI, Nov 21 - Nov 22
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur Fri, Jun 11 - Jun 12
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strategic Planning Fundamentals 1 ESS 804 $445.00
TUES, Apr 07 - Apr 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495.00
Wed, Oct 09 - Oct 09
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur, Feb 20 - Feb 20
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
TUES, Nov 12 - Nov 12
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Jun 03 - Jun 03
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
THUR, Oct 31 - Oct 31
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Mar 11 - Mar 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895.00
WED, Apr 08 - Apr 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $495.00
TUES, Oct 08 - Oct 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, May 26 - May 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Customer Service Excellence 0.5 ESS 801 $295.00
WED, May 13 - May 13
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Dealing with Difficult People 0.5 ESS 800 $295.00
TUES, Nov 26 - Nov 26
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445.00
WED, May 20 - May 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $495.00
WED, Sep 25 - Sep 25
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
TUES, Oct 15 - Oct 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
THUR, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445.00
TUES, Apr 21 - Apr 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, Jun 09 - Jun 09
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
TUES, Oct 22 - Oct 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Apr 01 - Apr 01
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
WED, Feb 26 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495.00
Wed, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
TUES, Nov 12 - Nov 12
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Jun 03 - Jun 03
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
THUR, Oct 31 - Oct 31
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Mar 11 - Mar 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $495.00
TUES, Oct 08 - Oct 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, May 26 - May 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creative & Critical Thinking 2 ESS 862 $895.00
Tues, Wed, Oct 29 - Oct 30
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $495.00
TUES, Nov 05 - Nov 05
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
Coaching & Mentoring 2 ESS 902 $895.00
WED, Apr 08 - Apr 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creative & Critical Thinking 2 ESS 862 $895.00
Tues, Wed, Oct 29 - Oct 30
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445.00
THUR, Nov 28 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
TUES, Oct 15 - Oct 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
THUR, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $495.00
TUES, Nov 05 - Nov 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445.00
TUES, Apr 21 - Apr 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, Jun 09 - Jun 09
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leadership Foundations 1 ESS 811 $495.00
TUES, Jan 28 - Jan 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, May 05 - May 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
TUES, Oct 22 - Oct 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Apr 01 - Apr 01
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
WED, Feb 26 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strategic Planning Fundamentals 1 ESS 804 $445.00
TUES, Apr 07 - Apr 07
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Supervision Essentials* 1 ESS 796 $495.00
Wed, Oct 09 - Oct 09
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur, Feb 20 - Feb 20
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
TUES, Nov 12 - Nov 12
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Jun 03 - Jun 03
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 $445.00
WED, Jun 17 - Jun 17
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Art of Active Listening 0.5 ESS 797 $295.00
THUR, Oct 31 - Oct 31
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Mar 11 - Mar 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 1 ESS 899 $495.00
TUES, Oct 08 - Oct 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, May 26 - May 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Creating Your Work-Life Balance 0.5 ESS 816 $295.00
Tues, Feb 25 - Feb 25
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Delegating that Works 1 ESS 806 $445.00
THUR, Nov 28 - Nov 28
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Delivering Powerful Presentations 1 ESS 838 $445.00
WED, May 20 - May 20
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Effective Business Writing 1 ESS 895 $495.00
WED, Sep 25 - Sep 25
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work* 1 ESS 835 $495.00
TUES, Oct 15 - Oct 15
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
THUR, Mar 05 - Mar 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Maximizing Personal Productivity 1 ESS 802 $495.00
WED, Oct 23 - Oct 23
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $495.00
WED, Oct 16 - Oct 16
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
WED, Feb 26 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Project Management 2 ESS 836 $895.00
FRI, Nov 21 - Nov 22
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Thur Fri, Jun 11 - Jun 12
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 $495.00
TUES, Oct 08 - Oct 08
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Tues, May 26 - May 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Dealing with Difficult People 0.5 ESS 800 $295.00
TUES, Nov 26 - Nov 26
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Fostering Workplace Innovation 1 ESS 820 $495.00
TUES, Nov 05 - Nov 05
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Gender-Inclusive Communication & Collaboration 1 ESS 809 $445.00
TUES, Apr 21 - Apr 21
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback 1 ESS 834 $445.00
Tues, Jun 09 - Jun 09
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Leading Millennials - NEW! 0.5 ESS 821 $295.00
TUES, Oct 22 - Oct 22
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Apr 01 - Apr 01
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
Navigating Change for Success 1 ESS 810 $495.00
WED, Oct 16 - Oct 16
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Negotiation Skills 1 ESS 877 $445.00
WED, Feb 26 - Feb 26
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors* 1 ESS 807 $495.00
Wed, Jan 22 - Jan 22
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (H)
C01
Unconscious Bias: How We Make Decisions - NEW! 0.5 ESS 805 $295.00
TUES, Nov 12 - Nov 12
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (H)
C01
WED, Jun 03 - Jun 03
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.