Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have any prior business studies background to apply?

No – the Emerging Leaders Program is intended to help participants develop their personal leadership skills as well as introduce them to a number of core management concepts and topics.


What is the timeline for applications and acceptance?

Applications are open for the month of February, closing Tuesday February 28th at 11:59PM

Interviews will be held between March 1st and 17th

Notices of acceptance will be sent out beginning March 27th


Do I need to stay in the hotel residence?

Yes, all participants are to stay in nearby hotel accommodation. Participants will be booked into double occupancy room accommodation that is in close proximity to the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington. Continental breakfasts and shuttle service to RJC and any offsite events will be provided. Single occupancy can be made available at an additional cost, but is subject to availability.


How can this program support my summer employment opportunities?

Employers are increasingly seeking new graduates with the leadership capabilities covered in the 2-week program including the ability to work effectively in and across teams, communicate effectively with others and be creative thinkers and effective implementers. We encourage participants to discuss the program with their employer or potential employer. Should any employers require more information or be interested in  sponsorship, please connect with HLA Manager Amanda Calzolaio (


What does the program fee include?

The total fee for the program is $3000. In addition to academic programming, this fee includes double occupancy hotel accommodation, transportation to and from RJC, continental breakfast and some lunches and dinners (to be noted in program schedule).

**A scholarship of $1500 will be awarded to current McMaster students**


What is the program schedule?

The program runs from Sunday April 30th to Saturday May 13th 2017. A detailed schedule will be released to admitted individuals prior to April 30th.

Many days will closely follow an 8:30AM-4:30PM timetable, breaking for lunch midday. Some days will require late nights and optional evening events may be included. Between weeks 1 and 2, one weekend day will be a day off for participants. While the schedule can be rigorous at times, participants have found the intensive nature of the program to be an extremely rewarding experience.


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