Course Waivers


You must request waivers prior to the start of your second semester.

August 1 to get results before the start of the fall semester

December 1 get results before the start of the spring semester

If you have mastered course material prior to enrolling at NYU Wagner, you should pursue course waivers.  If you waive a required course, you take an advanced elective in its place.


DECEMBER 2019 NOTE:  Waiver requests submitted after December 1 will receive results at the end of February 2020!


Waivers Based on Prior Coursework

If you believe you are eligible to waive a course based on demonstrated mastery of material in prior coursework, read the waiver policies below.  If you qualify, submit the required documentation via our online form.  In all cases, only credit-bearing courses from accredited universities may be used to apply for a course waiver.

Waiver requests submitted by the first of the month should receive a response by the end of that month. Waiver requests submitted after the first of the month should receive a response by the end of the following month (e.g. a request submitted on October 6 will receive a response by November 30).

Waivers Based on Waiver Exams

If you do not meet the criteria for a waiver based on prior coursework, you may demonstrate your proficiency through exams in microeconomics, statistics, and financial management.  

Exams are offered as follows:

  • Microeconomics: January, March, August, November (120-minute exams)
  • Statistics: January, March, August, November (100-minute exams)
  • Financial Management:  January, March, August (4-hour exams)

[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.]

Waiver Exam RSVP Form

NOTE: Waiver exams may only be attempted once. If you don't pass the exam, you must complete the NYU Wagner course.