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Concurrent Certificates

Concurrent certificates are an option available to any student in an undergraduate degree program, and may be completed as part of a student’s elective credit. Some concurrent certificates will require a student be admitted to this option, while others may involve completion of course credit and declaring certificate completion at the time of graduation. Students should consult the relevant certificate’s guidelines for admission and completion, and/or the department offering the concurrent certificate for additional information.

Concurrent Certificate in Essential French (offered by the Department of French)
15-18 units total

The Concurrent Certificate in Essential French is intended for those students seeking a solid foundation in essential French, including receptive linguistic skills in French (listening, reading, comprehension), and fundamental productive communication skills (speaking, writing). Students completing a degree program in French (Hons BA, BA, minor) are not eligible for the concurrent Certificate in Essential French.

Requirements for Concurrent Certificate in Essential French


Concurrent Certificate in International Engagement 
(offered by the Faculty of Humanities)
18 units total

This Certificate recognizes students’ efforts to gain meaningful experiences outside the classroom while promoting the concept of international engagement through an emphasis on the development of linguistic and cultural awareness. The Certificate recognizes both academic and co-curricular efforts on the part of the student to gain an international perspective and to increase his or her knowledge of what it means to be a global citizen.

Requirements for Concurrent Certificate in International Engagement


Concurrent Certificate in Leadership & Cross-Cultural Literacy 
(offered by the Faculty of Humanities)
15 units total

The Certificate fills a critical need for undergraduate students to learn about and develop professional skills that are highly desirable for the pursuit of graduate studies, professional programs, and employment opportunities, following undergraduate studies. A key objective of the course sequence is to help students develop leadership skills within a rigorous academic framework that balances both theory and practice.

Requirements for Concurrent Certificate in Leadership & Cross-Cultural Literacy


Concurrent Certificate in the Language of Medicine and Health 
(offered by the Department of Classics)
15 units total

This concurrent certificate provides students with formal recognition of competency in the etymology, word formation, and logic of medical terminology.

Information from the Department of Classics

Requirements for Concurrent Certificate in the Language of Medicine and Health


Concurrent Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC) 
(offered by the Department of Philosophy)
15 units total
Application required in April of Level II
Completion of PHILOS 2D03 and PHILOS 2S03 and/or PHILOS 2G03 required for consideration

The Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC) is designed to prepare undergraduate students from health sciences, engineering, business, humanities, science, and social science to work together on teams to identify and resolve the ethical, institutional, and policy challenges posed by novel technologies that are highly promising but also potentially socially disruptive. The Certificate will recognize students for having gained core subject matter competencies and experience as members of such interdisciplinary research teams under the direction of faculty and staff associated with the McMaster University Institute for Ethics and Policy Innovation (IEPI). Click here to learn more.

Information from the Department of Philosophy

Requirements for Concurrent Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC)