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Educational Opportunities for Adults

Are you looking to further your education in a formal program or to attend a public lecture? Through the Centre for Continuing Education, the Discovery Program, or a variety of unique topics of inquiry, McMaster University has a range of opportunities available for education and discovery.  Please use the table of contents below to learn more about these opportunities. Thanks for visiting and if you have any issues with website links or contact information please let us know at community@mcmaster.ca

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Centre for Continuing Education 

McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) has inspired people to discover and achieve through lifelong learning since 1931.

Students value our quality instructors with real-world experience and the flexibility and convenience of courses offered at night, on weekends, and online. As one of Canada’s largest and leading providers of academic certificate and diploma programs, professional development education, and corporate training, McMaster CCE’s purpose is to develop and realize the potential of both individuals and society by providing the education to thrive in a dynamic world. 

Our team is approachable, professional, and passionate. We offer more than 200 courses and workshops that blend both theoretical knowledge and practical application to help you build your skills and expand your career. Areas of focus include Business & Management, Communication & Design, Health & Social Sciences and Metallurgy.

Whether you want to upgrade your current skills, earn a professional designation or make a career change, McMaster’s programs will open the doors to learning and accomplishment.

Mailing Address: 1280 Main St. West, DTC 2nd Floor
                               Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L8

Website: www.mcmastercce.com

Email: conted@mcmaster.ca

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24321 
Toll Free: 1-800-463-6223

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McMaster.Continuing.Education

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McMasterContEd







Discover Psychology Public Lecture Series

If you think you can’t use the science you learn in the classroom, think again…

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and the McMaster Alumni Association invite you to Discover Psychology: Science You Can Use. 

Unlike traditional colloquium, this special public lecture series is aimed towards students, staff, faculty, alumni, and all members of the public. The lectures feature dynamic McMaster professors discussing fascinating and practical topics related to the field of Psychology.

Website: http://www.discoverpsychology.ca/

Email: ckenned@mcmaster.ca

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26595








Executive Education at the DeGroote School of Business

Executive Education at the DeGroote School of Business offers a range of open enrollment courses for individuals interested in developing leadership skills and associated competencies. Some of these offerings are delivered in partnership with the Disney Institute organization, or with other leading organizations such as St. Joseph’s Health System. Executive Education also has a history of providing custom programs for the local business community. These custom programs are tailored to the client organization’s needs and linked to its strategic priorities.

Website: http://execed.degroote.mcmaster.ca/

Email: execed@mcmaster.ca

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26372








McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest

The McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest (MCSPI) aims to foster research excellence in areas of pressing cultural, political, social, and ecological concern by exploring the consequences of human innovation and change, while providing opportunities for collaborative and transdisciplinary insight, critical and creative thinking, and meaningful public engagement.

Website: http://mcspi.ca/

Email: jenniferfisher@mcspi.ca

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27133 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PublicIntellectualsProject

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PublicIntellec






McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series

The McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series includes presentations of patients, pathology, diagnosis and therapy in the context of major disease problems and current research. This translational seminar series is designed to help increase the understanding of how advances in biology can be applied to human disease. It is directed towards undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers, medical students and clinicians. Each session includes clinical and basic science components presented by McMaster clinicians and researchers. These seminars are accredited for CME. It is open for the public and held in MDCL 3020.

Website: http://demystifyingmedicine.ca

Email: demystifyingmedicine@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McMasterDMS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McMasterDMS







McMaster Discovery Program

The McMaster Discovery Program offers university-level non-credit courses to Hamilton residents who face barriers to post-secondary education. Modelled after similar initiatives in other Canadian cities, the program aims to create opportunities for local residents to take part in a process of learning and discovery in the liberal arts tradition, to inspire a passion for lifelong learning, and to foster engagement and mutual learning between McMaster and the communities it aspires to serve.

Contact: Patrick Byrne

Website: http://www.mcmaster.ca/discoveryprogram

Email: byrnep@mcmaster.ca








McMaster Mini-Med School

McMaster Mini-Med School is a forum for community education that hopes to provide insight into the world of medicine. This concept was developed in the spirit of forging stronger bonds between the medical school and the community. Members from the community have the opportunity to register for the seven week term. A faculty member from the school of medicine will give a public seminar similar to those given to the medical students, using the world-renowned McMaster approach of problem-based learning. Each evening will have two separate sessions. The seminars will explore the scientific basis of topical medical issues followed by a question and answer session. The topics vary from year-to-year but in the past have included dermatology, obesity, blood clots, confusion, ER use, and many more.

Website: http://minimed.medportal.ca/

Email: macminimed@hotmail.com

Phone: Sheillah Laffan at 905-525-9140 ext. 22120








McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life

The McMaster Seminar on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life is a lecture series presented by the Office of the President. The aim of the annual series is to encourage dialogue and inspire critical thought within the McMaster and the broader Hamilton communities. It is intended that the topics will be timely, interdisciplinary, and far-reaching, guided by the key questions and challenges facing higher education institutions and the communities they serve. The series will emphasize the importance to the academy, and to society as a whole, of thinking critically and engaging in meaningful discussion of challenging issues. The series is intended to be of relevance for a wide audience and all members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Website:  http://www.mcmaster.ca/presidentsoffice/events/lectures.html








Origins Institute Lecture Series

The Origins Institute at McMaster University commenced operations July 1, 2004. The first Director is Ralph Pudritz (from the Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the first Associate Director is Jonathon Stone (from the Department of Biology). Current membership includes faculty members at McMaster University - from the Departments of Anthropology, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour, and the School of Geography and Earth Sciences; councilors at Cambridge University, the Santa Fe Institute, and TRIUMF; and fellows at the University of Toronto and Perimeter Institute.

We run a free colloquium and public lecture series and bring to campus cutting-edge researchers and world-renowned speakers to meet with our students and engage the public. 

Website: http://origins.mcmaster.ca/outreach/public-lectures

Email: origins@mcmaster.ca

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