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6 McMaster tools and services you may not know about

Whether you’re taking a class this summer, or planning for the fall, here are some of the best and often overlooked tools and services available to McMaster students.

May 16, 2017

1. Mosaic
Mosaic has some useful functions under your "My Academics" tab. The two we really like are the advisement reports and what-if scenarios:

  • Advisement reporting
    An Academic Advisement Report is a roadmap to graduation. It shows you what courses you have taken and what you still need to take to graduate, including electives. Find step-by-step instructions on how to generate an Advisement Report.

  • What-if scenarios
    Considering a change of program? Be sure to use this tool first. Here, you are able to compare your current courses with the requirements of another program. A what-if scenario let’s you quickly find out what courses you'll need to take in your new program.

2. Experiential Education (EE)
When it comes to landing a great job, experience matters.The EE office can help you land a paid internship, find a career placement, or recommend experiential, leadership or career planning courses.

We recommend taking Soc Sci 2EL0, Introduction to Career Planning through Experiential Learning, which is:

  • A prerequisite for internships
  • Tuition-free
  • 12 hours (six, two hour lectures/workshop; one term)
  • Teaches career planning and professional skills

3. FREE tools: Google Apps for Education and Microsoft

  • Google Apps for Education
    The Google Suite of applications includes unlimited online storage, document, presentation and spreadsheet editing for free! Tools integrate with Office and works seamlessly from your computer, phone or tablet. Visit:, then click the doted Google Apps button on the top right of the screen.

  • Microsoft Office 365 for Education
    Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and more can also be accessed online. This also includes unlimited online storage! Register with a valid McMaster e-mail at:

4. Mills Library
McMaster Libraries have lots of tools that you can use for free:

5. Student Success Centre (SSC)
Learn to develop your personal leadership style, gain a reference letter and build your portfolio by registering for  the Mary E. Keyes Certificate of Leadership Development.  Courses are free and are offered throughout May. Register on OSCARplus. Click on events - SSC Sessions - Workshop Calendar!

SSC Summer services include:

6. Student Accessibility Centre (SAS)
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) supports students who have a disability or disorder, such as a learning disability, ADHD, mental health disability, chronic medical condition, sensory such as blindness, Deaf or hard of hearing, neurological or mobility limitation.  See what SAS services are available to McMaster students.


Check out the Soc Sci Summer course list. Classes start on June 19.