My OWN McMaster Information Session – Presented by McMaster Continuing Education

– [Nancy] Good afternoon,
everyone, and welcome to the online info session for the My Own McMaster Pathway. My name is Nancy McQuigge,
and I’m the Program Manager for this particular Pathway. And I will be facilitating
our preview session today. So welcome. So just a quick little agenda
for the program preview today, so I will provide an overview of the My Own McMaster Pathway, explaining the Continuing
Education and degree portions of the, of your journey
on this particular path. I will review the benefits of the Pathway and give you a quick snapshot
of the student population who have applied and are
currently in the Pathway, and I will chat about
how do you get started, so what your next steps would be in order to submit an application. And again, we’ll leave time at the end if you have any questions. So the My Own McMaster Pathway
is specifically designed for working professionals
who want the flexibility to study part time as well as the option of doing your studies
via distance or in class. This unique Pathway is a partnership between Continuing Education
and the faculty of Humanities and the faculty of Social Sciences. The partnership between
Continuing Education and the two faculties allow
you as the learner to customize your course selection
and that mode of delivery that you prefer in order to degree, sorry, to earn a McMaster diploma, and then you’ll earn an
undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in History or Sociology. So for context, a typical course
at McMaster that’s offered in one term is assigned
a three-unit value. A Bachelor of Arts degree
is a 90-unit program. The My Own McMaster Pathway, as it’s illustrated here,
allows you to do 60 units of that 90 units with
Continuing Education, and then you complete your
remaining 30 units of that 90 with your degree studies in
either History or Sociology. So to begin the Pathway, you
complete a diploma program with Continuing Education in one of our current diploma
programs that we offer. So within the Business and
Management Program stream, you can select diploma in Accounting, Business Administration, we have a general diploma
in Business Administration, and then a number of
concentrations, for example, in HR, Project Management,
Risk Management, and a few others. It’s escaping me right
now, but it will be, all posted on the website. So any of the Business
Administration programs would apply. There’s a Human Resources
Management diploma, and then there’s a diploma
in the Business of Golf and Resort Management. Within the Communication and
Design Programming options that we have at Continuing Education, you can select a diploma in Marketing or do a Marketing Diploma with a Concentration in Digital Marketing. Within our Health and Social
Service Programming options, there are three options,
and these are specifically for individuals who
have a college diploma. The Professional
Addiction studies program, the Health Information Management, and the Health Informatics programs are typically, are offered right
now in Continuing Education, and they are designed for individuals that already have a degree or a diploma. So for those of you that, so individuals that already have an undergraduate
degree would not be eligible, obviously, but if you’ve
completed a college diploma and one of these programs
is of interest to you, you could select one of these
diploma programs as part of your My Own McMaster Pathway. So in order, each of those programs have some specific admission criteria, so if those are of interest to you, I encourage you to go to their
program pages on our website to look at the details and
admission requirements, and if it’s of interest,
just contact us if you have any particular questions and we could address these
particular programs with you. Those the diploma programs, and again, you need to complete a
diploma with the centre for, or sorry, with Continuing Education. Once you’ve completed your diploma, then you continue to select a series of what we call elective credit courses from our existing certificate, diploma, or academic-based programs. And again, so your diploma
may account for 24 units, for example, so you need to
get to that 60-unit value with us, so you can select
any courses that you want in order to get to the 60. We do offer you, when you’re
admitted to the program, we do give you a detailed
learning plan with a list of course options based on
the diploma that you choose, and they’re primarily
taken from our diploma and certificate programs. So anything that is worth academic credit often could be used towards
the My Own McMaster Pathway. So under the certificate category, again, you can select courses
from any of those programs that I’ve listed on the screen. We offer a course in Web Design, Health and Service, Risk
Management, Data Analytics, Creative, Critical, Design
Thinking, Metallurgy as well. And if you want to do some HR courses but that wasn’t your diploma,
you’re more than willing, more than able to take
some of those courses. So a wide variety of course options for you in order to get
to that 60-unit value. So Continuing Education, we offer courses in a variety of formats, so you can select the
courses that align best with your busy schedule and
the type of learning format, so online, in person,
and if it’s in person, we usually offer it on
the evenings and weekends. When you move to the degree
portion of the Pathway, both programs in History and
Sociology will have or are in the process of getting ready a minimum of 10 online courses in addition
to their in-person courses. So depending on where you live, you may complete your degree
portion of the Pathway fully online, you could
do it fully in-class, or a combination of both. As you complete your 60 units of study with Continuing Education, there are some specific
requirements that are set out by both the faculty
programs for you to meet. Specifically, you must complete
a Business Communications course either as part
of your diploma program or one of your Continuing
Education elective units, and you must have a cumulative
average of a B-plus, and those two requirements need to be done as part of your 60 units of study, and then you move on to the
degree portion of the Pathway. So once all your units
and requirements are met with Continuing Education, you may proceed to your
undergraduate studies in History or Sociology. So here we go, as a student in the History or
Sociology program, again, you complete 30 units,
which is 10 courses, in either of those programs. These degree courses, in
combination with your 60 units of work Continuing Education give you that 90-unit requirement for
a Bachelor of Arts degree. As you move along the Pathway,
we’ll help you to keep track of your progress in terms
of your unit completion. And when you’re approximately nine units or about three unit or three courses away from completing your
Continuing Education section of the Pathway, we will notify
the faculty of your progress and refer you to an
appropriate academic advisor with the faculty of
Humanities or the faculty of Social Sciences, and
they’re there to assist with your transition from
Continuing Education student into an undergraduate
student with the main campus. For you, the student, there
are a number of features and benefits for studying
with Continuing Education and particular for choosing
this particular Pathway. Continuing Education focuses on that part-time programming
options for the adult learner. And the purpose of that
is to give you the benefit of completing an academic program
while you continue to work and meet your personal
and professional demands. You can enrol in the delivery format that suits your learning
needs, your location, and your time commitments. So with Continuing Education,
you can customize the number of courses you complete by term, again, to fit with your busy personal and professional schedules. Your schedule with History or Sociology when you get to that portion
of the Pathway would have to meet the requirements as a part-time or full-time student
depending on how many courses you want to take when you
engage in those courses, and the undergraduate academic advisor that we will refer you
to will help to explain all particular different
policies that may apply once you transition from Continuing Ed to an undergraduate student. So the Pathway, as I mentioned at the very beginning, is structured for adult learners seeking
to advance their careers or to start a new job. That’s primarily the,
the fundamental reason why most of the people in
the Pathway have indicated their interest in pursuing this degree. They realized that they
require a university degree to achieve their career goals. It is also for people who wanted a degree, maybe always wanted or
maybe started years ago and only got a course
or two under their belt and now they wanted to go back, and now they have, they
didn’t have that opportunity at the time, and now they’re
ready to achieve that goal, and it’s a good time for them to jump back into their studies. The Pathway also gives you
the skills and knowledge and competencies for today’s work world as the Pathway does a great job of bridging theory and application so as you combine your
Continuing Education studies with your undergraduate degree studies. Again, there is no
specific time limit for you to complete your studies in the Pathway, so you can tailor your schedule
to meet your busy lives and busy schedules. If you need to take a
term off, you can do so. If you want to load up on
some courses in a term, that is all fine. Eligibility for the Pathway, you must meet the mature
student definition of the university and have not graduated from a university degree program already, and a minimum of 21 years of age. So most people have met that, it’s just not designed for individuals that are just graduated from high school. So what are your next
steps along the Pathway? So first I always recommend
is you check out the website. We have it posted here,
which is for information about the Pathway. And there’s lots of different sections, there’s a great chart about
is this Pathway right for me to take a look at it and based on your past studies and requirements. So check out the website for
information and then consult with Continuing Education’s
Information Specialists. If you have any questions,
we can help you determine if this is the right Pathway for you. Then you need to submit your application through Continuing Education’s website. Be sure to include all
the required documentation at the time of your
application, which includes, we ask for a resume, a
one-page letter of intent, which is outlined looking at your interest, why you want
to do this particular Pathway, why it’s a good fit for you, and a copy of your transcript
from your past academic study. Please note that you can upload your copy of your transcripts to the application so we can help start to
review your information and get clarification from you as needed. But part of this application
is your are applying for the Pathway and undergraduate program, so official transcripts are
required for those to be mailed to Continuing Education. Your application is not
complete until we receive those official transcripts. Your application will be
reviewed, and at that time, we assess if you may be eligible for possible transfer
credits into the Pathway for the CE portion of the, of the path. Give us about four to six weeks. Sometimes people have very
complicated transcripts, very complicated things to look at, so we try to get back to it. And if we have any questions, again, we’ll always contact you if
there’s any particular questions or clarifications we have
with the documentation that you put forward. And once you’re admitted program,
or sorry, to the Pathway, you are ready to begin
to start to register for your courses. As well, applications are
accepted throughout the year. So if you’re not ready now, don’t worry. You might be ready in a couple months, so the application portal is always open. There’s always dates
available for you to apply to the Pathway. So again, we have the website
on the page,, and when you select the My
Own McMaster Pathway option from the list of program categories, you’ll get all the information you need. We have a chart on that site, and as I have mentioned, Is My Own McMaster the Right Pathway for Me, I really encourage you
to review this chart as it may answer some of your questions in terms of your past academic
history and your eligibility for the Pathway. Not everyone is eligible,
and under such circumstances, we try to provide you
with other options for you in consultation with the
faculty if that’s required. Again once you’re admitted to the Pathway, you can start to register
for your diploma courses and then your elective courses
with Continuing Education. It is again up to you to
determine when you want to begin your course
based on the scheduling and availability of a course
and when you’re admitted into the Pathway. Again, when you reach your full 60 units and they’re completed
with Continuing Education, you’re referred to the
next portion of the Pathway to begin your 30 units of study
with History or Sociology. And once all 90 units are
completed, you’ll receive, you would have received that
Continuing Education diploma in the program of your choice and your Bachelor of Arts degree. So I wish you all a very happy
day for the rest of the day on a Wednesday. Enjoy your March break, for
those of you that might be off on March break or about
to take a couple days off. Enjoy yourself. And I look forward to
seeing your applications in My Own McMaster Pathway.

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