Course Waivers

Students who have acquired knowledge of the subject matter of any required course prior to enrolling at Wagner should pursue course waivers.

Waiving Based on Prior Coursework
Waiving via Waiver Exam (Microeconomics, Statistics, and Financial Management)

Based on Prior Coursework

To determine if you are eligible for a waiver based on prior coursework, read through the waiver policies carefully, compile all documentation into one PDF, and submit those documents via the online form found here.  In all cases, only credit-bearing courses from accreditated universities may be used to apply for a course waiver.

The last day to submit waiver requests in order to receive results before the start of the Fall 2016 term is Monday, August 1st. Students are strongly encouraged to submit waivers by this deadline even for courses they do not plan to take until the spring semester.  Remember students must submit all waiver requests by the start of their second semester at Wagner in order to stay on track for Capstone. 

It takes 4-6 weeks to receive results, so please plan accordingly.

Waiver Exams

Microeconomics and Statistics exams are offered in January, April, August (two exams) and November. Financial Management exams are offered in January, April and August. Please note that the Financial Management Waiver exams require four hours; Microeconomics and Statistics each require 100 minutes. One practice exam for each course is available here.  

EMPA Public Service Leader students seeking to waive EXEC-GP 2141 Financial Decision-making and Management must take the CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management Waiver exam.

Core course waiver exams may only be attempted once. Students who do not pass a waiver exam may not retake the exam or later submit a course-based waiver. Instead, the student must enroll in and successfully complete the relevant course to satisfy the requirement.

RSVP here for upcoming waiver exams.

NOTE: Waiving a required course does not reduce the credits required for your degree program, rather it increases the number of electives you may take.


Download waiver policies (pdf files) for the following core courses:

Download waiver Practice Exams (pdf files) for the following core courses:

If you have questions, email