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McMaster University Continuing Education

Undergraduate students may enrol in Continuing Education courses and programs to use as credits within their degrees. For details, students are asked to consult their Academic Advisors.

Located at One James North in downtown Hamilton (OJN campus), McMaster Continuing Education offers Certificate and Diploma programs, plus professional development and corporate training programs. Courses and programs are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and online to accommodate undergraduate students and working professionals. For more details, please contact McMaster Continuing Education at extension 24321 or visit

Courses in Certificates and Diplomas offered through Continuing Education are Senate-approved courses and are eligible for credits in undergraduate degrees. In particular, they have been approved for advanced credit. Information about advanced credit for degree study is provided below and in McMaster University’s Senate Policy on Diplomas and Certificates.

As stated in the McMaster University’s Senate Policy on Diplomas and Certificates, “academic credits can be applied to another credential. Examples include, but are not limited to, transfer of credit from a certificate to a degree or from a degree to a diploma. Normally, credits can be applied to a maximum of two credentials.” Further, “[pending approval by the student’s Faculty office], up to 100% of the academic credit courses completed toward undergraduate diploma and certificate programs may be used for credit toward another credential at the discretion of and in accordance with the normal academic rules specified by academic unit offering the subsequent credential.”

A specific way that undergraduate students can benefit from study through Continuing Education is to use their elective credits within their degree programs to complete a Continuing Education Certificate or Diploma. McMaster’s Continuing Education programs are closely aligned with the requirements of professional associations and can, therefore, assist students in gaining a professional designation and achieving work readiness. Students can graduate with a university degree and a career-focused diploma. Students interested in the degree plus diploma options should consult their Academic Advisors.

Continuing education programs and courses are offered in the following:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Clinical Research
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business Administration
  • Business of Golf & Resort Management
  • Creative, Critical and Design Thinking
  • Crisis & Mental Health Training*
  • Digital Marketing
  • Essentials*
  • Foundations of Analytics
  • Health and Social Service Skill Development
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Information Systems*
  • Human Resources Management
  • Lean Six Sigma*
  • Marketing
  • Metallurgy of Iron & Steel
  • Payroll
  • Professional Addictions Studies
  • Project Management*
  • Risk Management*
  • The Science of Cannabis*
  • Web Design

Note:  Continuing Education courses are not eligible for OSAP. Payment must be made at the time of enrolment. *Non-credit professional development courses such as Essentials and Lean Six Sigma which are also offered by Continuing Education are not applicable to the Degree + Diploma option.

Affiliated Associations and Institutes

  • Many Continuing Education courses are recognized as course equivalencies and/or have been approved as professional development units (PDUs) by well recognized professional associations and institutes. Information about these professional associations and institutes is provided below.
  • Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) - Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) - Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario
Business Administration
  • Credit Union Institute of Canada
  • Associate Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB) - Canadian Securities Institute (formerly Institute of Canadian Bankers) 
  • Canadian Institute of Marketing
  • Certified in Management and Administration (CIM) - Canadian Institute of Management
  • Certified Administrative Manager (CAM) - Canadian Institute of Certified Administrative Managers (CICAM)
  • Certified Credit Professional (CCP) - Credit Institute of Canada 
  • Canadian Risk Management (CRM) - Global Risk Management Institute
  • Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) - Insurance Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of Credit Union Institute of Canada (FCUIC) - Credit Union Institute of Canada 
  • Graduate Member Canadian Institute of Marketing (GCInst.M) - Canadian Institute of Marketing 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® - Project Management Institute (PMI)®
  • Qualified Administrative Assistant (QAA) - Association of Administrative Assistants
Business of Golf & Resort Management
  •  PGA of Canada - PGA Training Academy
Health Information
  •  College of Canadian Health Information Management (CCHIM)
Human Resources Management
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP™) - Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)
  • Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL™) - Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)
Lean Six Sigma
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
Marketing and Digital Marketing
  • Canadian Institute of Marketing
  • Graduate Member Canadian Institute of Marketing (GCInst.M) - Canadian Institute of Marketing
  • Certified Marketing Management Professional (CMMP)

  • Payroll Compliance Practitioner - Canadian Payroll Association
  • Certified Payroll Manager - Canadian Payroll Association
Professional Addiction Studies
  • International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (ICADC) - Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) - Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Associate Addiction Counsellor (AAC)
Project Management
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
Risk Management
  • Educational requirement for the CRM designation -  Global Risk Management Institute
  • Insurance Institute Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) designation

Please contact McMaster Continuing Education at ext. 24321 or visit for more details.