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McMaster University Continuing Education

Undergraduate students can use McMaster Continuing Education courses and programs as credit toward their degrees. For eligibility details, students should first consult their Faculty Academic Advisors.

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

McMaster University’s Senate Policy on Diplomas and Certificates states “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.”

Through McMaster University Continuing Education, undergraduate students can use their elective credit within their degree programs to earn a career-focused Certificate or Diploma. Many of McMaster’s Continuing Education programs are aligned with the requirements of professional associations - assisting students in working toward a professional designation such as CPA (Chartered Professional Accounting) or CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional, for example. Students can work with their Academic Advisor to build a personal plan.

McMaster Continuing Education is located at One James North, downtown Hamilton. Courses are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and online to accommodate undergraduate students and working professionals. To learn more, please contact McMaster Continuing Education at 905-525-9140 x24321 or visit

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
  • Digital Marketing
  • Foundations of Analytics
  • Health and Social Service Skill Development
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing
  • Metallurgy of Iron & Steel
  • Payroll
  • Professional Addictions Studies
  • Surety
  • Web Design

Note:  Continuing Education courses are not eligible for OSAP. Payment must be made at the time of enrolment.

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.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) - Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario
Business Administration
  • Associate Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB) - Canadian Securities Institute (formerly Institute of Canadian Bankers) 
  • Certified in Management and Administration (CIM) - Canadian Institute of Management
  • Certified Administrative Manager (CAM) - Canadian Institute of Certified Administrative Managers (CICAM)
  • Canadian Risk Management (CRM) - Global Risk Management Institute
  • Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) - Insurance 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)
  • 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
Surety - Associateship in Canadian Surety Bonding
  • Surety Association of Canada

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