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Waiver Exam Information (MSA Students Only)

General Information

All MSA students are evaluated for course waivers and course waiver exams when they apply. The Graduate Admissions Office reviews official college/university transcripts submitted with the student’s application and approves course waivers and eligibility for exams prior to the student’s first semester of study. Questions about waivers, qualifying for waiver exams, or review of additional waivers/exams that have been missed, should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Office as soon as possible. Transcripts submitted after the student has begun his/her first semester at GSOM will not be considered for waiver purposes.

MSA students may be eligible to waive the following:
ACCT 4101*    ECON 4004    STAT 4005    OM 4600

*ACCT 4101 Foundations of Financial Accounting waivers are granted only for U.S.-based courses that have been completed within the eight years prior to beginning the program from an AACSB accredited institution or within the six years prior to beginning the program from a non-accredited institution. If the courses taken for this are is not U.S.-based, a student may be deemed eligible to take a course waiver exam.

Course Waivers

A course waiver for a given subject is based on prior coursework of an equivalent graduate-level or undergraduate-level course from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade of B-. To be considered for waivers, courses must be taken within eight years from an AACSB accredited institution or within six years from a non-accredited institution prior to the date of entrance.

Course Waiver Exams

Eligibility for a course waiver exam for a given subject is based on prior coursework of an equivalent graduate-level or undergraduate-level course from an accredited institution, in which a student received a grade lower than B-, or in which the course was taken more than eight years from an AACSB accredited institution or more than six years from a non-accredited institution prior to the date of entrance. Students are able to take the waiver exams that they have been deemed eligible to take by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Waiver exam sessions are scheduled during the week of Orientation in August for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester. A non-refundable waiver exam fee of $50 is charged for each exam a student registers for. The Waiver Exam Study Guide will inform you of the topic areas for each exam.

Please review the “Course Waivers” section in the GSOM Academic Policies Manual for additional guidelines regarding the waiver exam fee and the completion of waiver exams.

Full-time students: Waiver exams must be completed prior to the start of the student’s first semester at GSOM.
Part-time students: Waiver exams must be completed prior to the start of the student’s second semester at GSOM and may only be taken when waiver exam sessions are held. Students may not sit in or audit a course in their first semester and then take the waiver exam in the exam sessions prior to their second semester.