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The majority of Short Courses sessions are delivered online, using the zoom webinar platform. Occasionally, Short Courses may be offered in-person at McMaster Continuing Education, One James North, Hamilton.

Online McMaster Learning for 55+ courses will be delivered using the zoom webinar platform.

Most in-person McMaster Learning for 55+ courses are offered at McMaster Continuing Education, One James North, Hamilton. Alternatively, some McMaster Learning for 55+ courses may take place at McMaster University’s main campus, located at 1280 Main Street West, also in Hamilton.

The method of delivery and location will be listed on the course page.

In order for participants to log in from the comfort of their home, from anywhere in the world, most of our short courses are offered online using the zoom webinar platform. Once you register for the course, you will receive an email Ticket that includes the direct link to join the zoom webinar. To join, you’ll need a computer with an internet connection and sound. You can also join the webinar by phone, while viewing the content on your computer. For more information about the zoom platform, please visit the zoom website –

Once you register for the course, you will receive an email with the subject line “Ticket”, which will include a direct link to the course. Please ensure you check your junk mail. Please join the course a few minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure you don’t miss out on any content.

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Given the short length of these sessions, there is not currently any certification or credential offered for either Short Courses or McMaster Learning for 55+. Many of our courses are related to degree or certificate programs that we do offer. For more information, please visit our website at

Short Courses are live with an instructor at the time listed on the course, so must be completed at that time. There are no recordings available and these courses are not on-demand. If a course is popular, we may offer it the following term, so if you are unable to make the listed time, please keep your eye out for future offerings.

When enrolling for a McMaster Learning for 55+ course, participants are registered to attend all session dates scheduled for the given offering. Due to capacity and scheduling constraints, participants cannot make up missed sessions should the course be offered again in future. Additionally, discounts and refunds will not be provided to those unable to attend all course sessions. Please refer to our Cancelation & Refund Policy for additional information.

Payment is accepted online only with a valid credit card with a Canadian billing address.

In 2017, McMaster became the second Canadian university to join the international Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, a global body made up of higher education institutions that are committed to becoming more universally accessible* (McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, 2020). In accordance with our AFU alignment and the 10 Guiding Principles of an Age-Friendly University, McMaster Continuing Education is proud to offer McMaster Learning for 55+. With this, our aim is to engage, inspire, and support our diverse third-age demographic in their pursuit of lifelong learning and discovery.

The majority of courses offered through the McMaster Learning for 55+ have been designed and developed in response to the interests and life experiences of older adults. Our goal is to provide an accessible, safe, socially responsible learning and networking environment for this learner group. If you are interested in taking a course offered for persons 55+ but do not fall within this age demographic, please send your inquiry to Enrolment of persons who do not meet the 55+ criterion will depend on space availability. We encourage you to consider our Short Course offerings and to submit ideas for new short course topics (

*McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. (2020). Age-Friendly University (AFU). Retrieved from:

In-person courses run once per week on the same weekday, for 2-hours per session over 4 or 6 consecutive weeks. Course duration is listed under individual course details. Statutory holidays are considered and classes are not scheduled on these dates.

Online courses run once per week on the same weekday for 1.5 hours per session, over 2 or 3 consecutive weeks. Course duration is listed under individual course details. Statutory holidays are considered and classes are not scheduled on these dates.

McMaster Continuing Education is committed to ensuring accessible campus and classroom features are installed and maintained. Ramps, elevators, washrooms, and classrooms are equipped to support your visit and learning experience at Continuing Education.

There are many HSR bus routes servicing the area around One James North. The MacNab Transit Terminal is less than 300 meters from our location. The Hamilton GO Centre (train station and bus terminal) is conveniently located three blocks from McMaster Continuing Education. There are also GO bus pick-up locations on King St. very close by.

There are numerous parking lots in the One James North area. A directory of lots is available here along with an interactive map with parking and transit options. This directory is intended only as a guide for students, staff and guests and may be incomplete.

HST will be added to course fees at checkout. Some McMaster Learning for 55+ courses may also include a small materials fee for items and resources required in the course. If there is a materials fee, or if participants are required to purchase items individually or from the course facilitator, it will be noted in the respective course description and participants will be advised via email prior to start date. Our intention is to provide most resources/materials electronically, as we will not provide printouts of course materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own printed materials or electronic devices to class if desired.