Core Course Waivers

Waiver Applications and Exams
Students who have completed prior relevant coursework may consider waiving core courses. Waivers allow students to take more electives but do not reduce the total number of courses a student must take to obtain the degree. Waivers are obtained either by application or exam (see below for the availability and method of waiver by core course). Waiver exams can be taken only once and the waiver must be obtained prior to attending the first class of the intended waived course.  A student may decline a partial or full waiver received by application or exam, but should contact Carol Lucido to do so. 

Marketing Research and Analytics (MKTG 450) is also eligible for waiver; for more information contact Carol Lucido.

Note: Accelerated Option Students may only attempt to waive ACCT-430 and FINC-430 (all other waivers have been granted through the AO eligibility and admissions process).

Types of Waivers Granted:
  1. Partial Waiver allows the student to substitute the core course in a particular field with a higher level elective course in that same field at Kellogg.  The elective used to fulfill a partial waiver my NOT be taken as a Pass/No Credit class.
  2. Full Waiver allows the student to substitute the core course in a particular field with a higher level elective from any field offered at Kellogg.

Course Number

Course Name

Available by Application

Available by Exam

Link to Requirements/ Sample Exams 

ACCT-430

Accounting for Decision Making

Partial and Full

Partial or Full (depending upon exam performance)

ACCT-430

DECS-430 -5

Business Analytics I

No

Full (but still must take or waive DECS-431)

DECS-430

DECS-431

Business Analytics II

No

Full

DECS-431

FINC-430

Finance I

No

Partial-must pass both Parts 1 and 2. Must pass online Finance Waiver Exam Part 1 to take in-person waiver exam Part 2.)*

FINC-430

MKTG-430

Marketing Management

Partial

No

MKTG-430

MECN-430

Microeconomic Analysis

Partial

Full

MECN-430

MORS-430

Leadership in Organizations

No

No

N/A

OPNS-430

Operations Management

No

Partial or Full (depending upon exam performance)

OPNS-430

STRT-431

Business Strategy

No

No

N/A


*You can take the online Finance Part 1 exam at any time, but the link to the online exam Part 1 registration is provided in eNews several weeks prior to waiver exam dates or email Carol Lucido to receive the exam registration link.

Waiver exams 
Waiver exams are offered one weekend each quarter on a Friday evening from 6:00-9:00pm and on Saturday morning from 9:00am-12:00pm in Wieboldt Hall (see table below for dates). Waiver exam registration is required to sit for an exam and is done through KelloggGroups. Signup can occur by directly accessing the event on KelloggGroups several weeks prior to the scheduled exam or through a link which will be in an eNews sent early in the quarter. You do not need to submit any supporting documents to take the waiver exams. 


Waiver Applications
Waiver applications are submitted to the departments once each quarter so applications must be complete by the dates in the table below. If you do not receive a waiver from your submitted application, you may sit for the waiver exam in a subsequent quarter (if an exam is offered for that course).

To apply for a waiver, please complete the following steps:
  1. Obtain a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine if you have submitted the original transcripts with your admissions application) with the relevant course (s) highlighted, syllabus/syllabi for the relevant course(s), and any supporting documents (e.g. CPA certification).
  2. Register and confirm that you have met the requirements for a waiver application by completing the appropriate waiver applications below:
Waiver Exam Dates and Application Deadlines

Quarter

Waiver Exam Date

Waiver Application Deadline

Summer 2016  July 15-16, 2016
 August 8, 2016

Fall 2016

October 14-15, 2016

November 14, 2016

Winter 2017

TBD

February 13, 2017



Waiver Results 

Waiver exams and applications are submitted to departments for grading or approval soon after the exam dates and application deadlines. Approximately two weeks after department submission, your waiver results will be emailed to you. Shortly after your waiver results are sent to you, any waivers received will be viewable online:

A student may decline a partial or full waiver received by exam or application, but should contact the Academic Advisor Carol Lucido to do so. 


Questions?  Please contact Carol Lucido, Academic Advisor, Evening & Weekend MBA Program