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My OWN McMaster Pathway

Start earning your Bachelor of Arts in History or Sociology at McMaster Continuing Education

My OWN McMaster is a pathway that combines McMaster Continuing Education and McMaster undergraduate courses to earn a McMaster diploma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History or Sociology.

  • A unique partnership between McMaster University Continuing Education and the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Designed for working professionals who wish to earn a degree on a part-time, flexible schedule
  • Makes your transition from diploma to degree studies as easy as possible

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McMaster Continuing Education My OWN McMaster Pathway Highlights

Pathway highlights Learn More

  • Only one application needed to begin
  • Customized course selection for diploma to degree
  • Complete required diploma and elective courses and progress to your undergraduate program
McMaster Continuing Education My OWN McMaster Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes Learn More

  • Progress to your undergraduate program in History or Sociology
  • One simple pathway from diploma to degree
  • Earn credentials that are in demand by today’s employers
  • Graduate with both practical and analytical skills

Learn more about the My OWN McMaster Pathway

  • Professionals seeking a degree to advance their career
  • Professionals pursuing additional credentials for future employment opportunities
  • Professionals looking to combine the practical (diploma studies) and analytical (degree studies) skills sought by employers
  • Professionals searching for accessible, part-time academic studies to fit within their busy schedules
  • McMaster Continuing Education diploma students wanting to earn an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis

The first step in pursuing the My OWN McMaster pathway is to speak with one of our Information Specialists. After discussing your educational background with us, we can help you to determine if My OWN McMaster is a suitable pathway to help you achieve your goals. Contact us today!

My OWN McMaster allows you to choose from a variety of diploma programs to pair with your degree studies.

  1. Simply select a Diploma offered through McMaster Continuing Education:
    • Only one credential may be granted in the My OWN McMaster pathway. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the diploma that you have selected to pursue in the pathway. No additional diplomas, certificates, or certificates of professional learning will be granted.
    • Some diplomas have an application. You will be required to meet those program eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the remaining units with elective credit through McMaster Continuing Education to reach a total of 60 units:
    • Elective courses must be academic credit. Academic courses have a unit value listed, while professional development or non-credit courses do not.
    • Any existing course eligibility and prerequisite rules will apply.

For example, you might select Human Resources Management as your diploma. This diploma earns 27 units. The remaining 33 units of elective credit would be selected from the other academic courses offered through McMaster Continuing Education to reach a total of 60 units. You would then complete 30 units of study through the Faculty of Social Sciences or Humanities.

Please note: McMaster Continuing Education and undergraduate courses are offered in a variety of formats. Some courses may include daytime live sessions. Review course outlines and schedules for details prior to registering.

McMaster Professional Development programs are not eligible for the My OWN McMaster Pathway. 

Earning a diploma, degree and professional certification (where applicable) while continuing to work in your profession could lead to:

  • Career advancement in your current position
  • A brand-new career path
  • Achievement of your academic goals without disrupting your current career
  • Opportunity to continue on to a post-graduate degree

The My OWN McMaster pathway is streamlined to make your transition from diploma to degree studies as easy as possible.

The Pathway involves 3 steps:

  1. Submit an application to begin the pathway
  2. Complete the required number of courses with McMaster Continuing Education
  3. Progress to your undergraduate program in History or Sociology

Please note: McMaster Continuing Education and undergraduate courses are offered in a variety of formats. Some courses may include daytime live sessions. Review course outlines and schedules for details prior to registering.

My OWN McMaster Transfer of Credit

Consideration for transfer credits will be made once the My OWN McMaster application is submitted to McMaster Continuing Education. Transfer credits are not assessed or “pre-approved” before an application is submitted. For more information on the application requirements, please visit the Admission and Application Requirements page. For more information on transfer credits, please visit the Transfer Credit page.

Check out our latest Program Preview webinar recording to learn more about the My OWN McMaster Pathway

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