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

Winter 2017 -
In-person
Spring 2017 -
In-person
Course Days Course # Tuition Date/Time Section Date/Time Section
Achieving SMART Goals1ESS 837$445Instructor: Laura Cole
Thu, Apr 20
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Art of Active Listening0.5ESS 797$295Instructor - Lori Wilson
Tue, May 30
8:30 AM - 12:00 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$445Instructor: Diana Kawarsky
Wed, Feb 15
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Coaching & Mentoring2ESS 902$895Instructor: Lori Wilson
2 Days
Tue, Jan 31 - Feb 07
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Conflict Resolution in the Workplace1ESS 899$445Instructor: Diana Kawarsky
Thu, Mar 30
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
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$295Instructor: Peter O'Donnell
Tue, Apr 11
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C01
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$445Instructor - Mary Armellini
Tue, May 16
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Dynamic Decision-Making^1ESS 814
Effective Business Writing1ESS 895$445Instructor: Lori Wilson
Thu, Feb 23
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Emotional Intelligence at Work^1ESS 835
Finance for Non-Financial Managers2ESS 874
Fostering Workplace Innovation1ESS 820$445Instructor: Karin Davis
Tue, Mar 14
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Giving & Receiving Constructive Feedback1ESS 834
Innovation Foundations 0.5ESS 818$295Instructor - Mary Armellini
Thu, May 18
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C01
Intrapreneurship: The Innovator Within1ESS 819
Leadership Foundations1ESS 811
Leading Change for Success1ESS 812
Maximizing Personal Productivity1ESS 802$495Instructor: Peter O'Donnell
Thu, Mar 02
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Meetings that Make a Difference0.5ESS 798
Navigating Change for Success1ESS 810$445Instructor - Jonathan Hughes
Thu, Jun 01
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
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 - Linda Pickard
Wed, May 24
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Strengthening Communications with True Colors*1ESS 807$495Instructor: Linda Spence
Tue, Mar 07
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01
Supervision Essentials*1ESS 796$495Instructor: Linda Spence
Tue, Apr 04
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
C01

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