Skills Training

These modules, workshops and downloadable tools will help you build yours skills for success! Browse through the page or use Type of Skill filter to identify a skill you would like to work on. As well, you can choose a Delivery Format – or formats – that best suit your schedule and lifestyle. You can choose multiple items use the filters.

Please note that not all Skill Types are available for learning across all Delivery Formats.

Academic Job Search

Module, Online Module

How do you go from student to faculty member? This online presentation covers some key areas of the search. Created by The School of Graduate Studies.

Grad & Postdoc Study Room

In-Person Training

A quiet work space dedicated to use by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Introduction to Graduate-Level Writing

Online Module

An online module that introduces graduate students to a variety of works that they may be asked to create during their graduate education. This module includes self-reflection and skills-based activities.

Online Module

An online training database providing access to thousands of high-quality instructional videos on a broad range of topics in the areas of business, education, design, photography, programming, animation, video, audio and music.


In-Person Training

McMaster's English Readiness for Graduate Excellence is an intensive certificate program for current or prospective graduate students from any institution who are looking to improve their English-language skills. For fees and upcoming sessions, visit the MERGE website.

One-Week Resume

Online Module

One-Week Resume is a self-directed e-course that provides resume assistance for McMaster graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. No live meetings, so you can fit this into your schedule when it works for you. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming One-Week Resume sessions.


In-Person Training

Speakeasy connects English-speaking students with English-as-an-Additional-Language (EAL) students. The goal: To help EAL students improve their command of English, strengthen discussion skills, and broaden their level of verbal self-expression.

Teaching & Learning Foundations

In-Person Training

This Certificate of Completion, delivered in partnership by Graduate Studies and the MacPherson Institute, includes EDUCATN 600 (Essential Skills in Teaching and Learning (I)) and 650 (Peer-Evaluated Teaching Experience).

Teaching & Learning Scholar

In-Person Training

This Certificate of Completion, delivered in partnership by Graduate Studies and the MacPherson Institute, includes EDUCATN700 (Essential Skills in Teaching and Learning (II)) and EDUCATN750/751 (Principles and Practices of University Teaching). Prerequisite: Teaching and Learning Foundations

The, A and An: A Guide to Using Articles

Downloadable Resource

“The" is the most frequently used word in English, but it can be one of the most difficult words to use correctly if English is not your first language. Learn why.

Thesis Completion Boot Camps


Three days of structured, uninterrupted writing time for students working towards next thesis submission deadline.

Writing Advisors

In-Person Training

Provides one-on-one support for students by connecting them with a trained graduate-level writing advisor. During the writing appointments, students can discuss course deliverables and conference presentations with a focus on revision. Appointments will become available the week of January 20. To book, please to go to Oscarplus> Appointments > Academic Skills > Writing Tutor Appointment (Undergrad Writing Centre)