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Waiver Exam Information (MBA and MSA Students Only)

General Information

All MBA, MSA, and dual degree 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.

MBA and dual-degree students may be eligible to waive the following:
ACCT 4100*    ECON 4004    FIN 4200    MGMT 4708*   
MIS 4500    MKT 4400    OM 4600    STAT 4005

MSA students may be eligible to waive the following:
ACCT 4100*    ECON 4004    STAT 4005    OM 4600

*ACCT 4100 Foundations of Accounting and MGMT 4708 Business Law waivers are granted only for U.S.-based courses that have been completed in each area within the six years prior to beginning the program. If the courses taken for these two areas are 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-. Courses must be taken within six years prior to the date of entrance to be considered for course waivers.

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 six years 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 test.

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.