Frequently asked questions about the Emerging Leaders Program.

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 now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Interviews and notice of acceptance dates will be issued directly to the applicant. 

Do I need to stay in the hotel residence?

Yes – all participants are to stay in nearby hotel accommodation.

Participants will be booked into a double occupancy room that is in close proximity to the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington. Continental breakfasts as well as shuttle service to the RJC and transportation to any offsite locations will be provided. Single occupancy can be made available at an additional cost, 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. If your employer requires more information or is interested in sponsorship, please connect with our Manager, Amanda Calzolaio, at calzolaa@mcmaster.ca.

What does the program fee include?

The total fee for the program is $3,995. In addition to academic programming, this fee includes double occupancy accommodation, transportation to and from the Ron Joyce Centre, continental breakfast and some lunches and dinners (to be noted in the program schedule).

Can I opt out of portions of the program fee?

No. It is not possible to opt-out of the accommodation, meals and transportation portions to reduce the tuition cost at this time.

This program is structured to be a highly immersive and intensive experience with integrative components. We want all our participants to capitalize on the full value of this unique program, and we found this is the best way to achieve it. Should participants choose not to stay in hotel residence, the program fee will not be affected.

Is financial assistance available for this program?

The Health Leadership Academy offers two bursary opportunities. Please visit the ELP page for more information about fees and bursaries.

What is the program schedule?

The program runs for two weeks. Applications are now being accepted for spring and summer 2019.

Many days will closely follow a 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. timetable, breaking for lunch midday. Some days will require late nights and optional evening events may be included. Between weeks 1 and 2, participants will have one day off on the weekend.

While the schedule can be rigorous at times, participants have found the intensive nature of the program to be an extremely rewarding experience.

A detailed schedule will be released to admitted individuals prior to the start of each program.