Showing Proficiency through Waiver Examinations

Waiver examinations are available to students admitted to the MBA program to allow students to prove proficiency in certain areas. Waiver examinations are offered for all MBA Gateway courses. Some exams are available for foundation courses in the Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Tax programs.

A score of 70% is required to pass the exam, and students may take a test only once.

The following fact sheets provide information on the MBA and MSM waiver exams (a few courses may also apply to the MSA and MTax programs). Textbooks covering comparable material may be useful.

Waiver exams are offered at various times throughout the year. To take a waiver exam, you must meet certain requirements and follow all waiver exam procedures:

  • Only those students admitted to a CBA graduate program can take waiver exams. Students who intend to apply for the program, who are in non-degree programs, or who are only in graduate certificate programs are not eligible.
  • Provisionally admitted students may take waiver exams.
  • Students on probation may NOT take exams.

2016/2017 Waiver Exam Schedule

  • November 14-18, 2016
  • March 6-10, 2017
  • June 19-23, 2017
  • August 7-11, 2017
  • November 6-10, 2017

The Waiver exam fee is $150. Details of the registration process and test location are being updated for Spring 2017 and will be updated in January 2017.

Waiver Exam Guidelines

  • Students must be in good academic standing to sit for waiver exams.
  • Students must report to the testing location at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled test time.
  • Effective July 1, 2015, waiver exams may be not be repeated if a passing grade is not achieved.

Passing a waiver exam in a particular field is deemed to be equivalent to certain courses for prerequisite purposes. For example, if a student needs 6200:601 Financial Accounting as a prerequisite for a subsequent class and has successfully passed the Financial Accounting waiver exam, the student can register for the subsequent  class. If the student has not taken 6200:601 or passed the waiver exam, the student will not be permitted to register for the subsequent class. This makes it imperative that students take waiver exams early in their program of study to be able to maintain a full schedule of classes.