Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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Undergraduate Learning Options

at McMaster Continuing Education

Continuing to advance your education

What can a McMaster student do online through McMaster Continuing Education?

Through McMaster Continuing Education, McMaster undergraduate students have the chance to take courses that complement their degree studies. These courses:

  • can, with the permission of the student’s Faculty, be used as elective credits within the student’s degree
  • can be taken as part of a McMaster certificate or diploma
  • are generally offered as (i) 9-unit programs called Certificates of Professional Learning; (ii) 15-unit programs called Certificates; and (iii) 24-unit programs called Diplomas

The benefits of taking courses and programs through McMaster Continuing Education are that they

  • are delivered online and, therefore, offer flexibility to students.
  • are designed as asynchronous courses that use Avenue2Learn; synchronous courses that use Zoom; or a mix of the two approaches. Because of these different models, students have choices about how they study online.
  • are taught by experts in career fields including business, health care, data and emerging technologies, communication and marketing. Because teachers have real-life practical expertise, students will acquire knowledge and skills to use in their careers after graduation.
  • include learners at different life and career stages who interact and learn from each other.
  • may include online experiential learning opportunities through McMaster Continuing Education’s partnership with with an organization called Riipen. Riipen connects students with businesses and organizations to work on real problems and challenges.

Other things to know about taking courses and programs through McMaster Continuing Education are the following:

  • they are offered in fall, winter, and spring
  • courses cost approximately the same as courses offered by McMaster Faculties. Although courses through McMaster Continuing Education are not eligible for OSAP, financial support may be available through the McMaster Association of Part-time Students: mapsdir@mcmaster.ca
  •  the vast majority of programs are ‘open programs’ which means there are no pre-requisites to starting them
  • they are the result of learning designers, subject matter experts, and instructors working together to develop and deliver learning experiences that reflect a changing work world

To learn more, McMaster students should

  • Review the programs found on our Program List
  • Speak with an Academic Adviser from your Faculty to discuss the capacity you have to take elective courses and programs that align with your goals and schedule. This is a very important step
  • Contact us to speak with one of our Information Specialists about any additional program-related questions