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Waiver of Fundamental Courses

  • Please visit the fundamental waiver policy page for more details.
  • Can I have all of the fundamental courses waived? What criteria is used to determine if the fundamentals are waived?
    The business fundamental courses are waived if an applicant earned a bachelor's degree in business from an AACSB-International accredited school within the last five years, graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and earned a "C" or better in each of the undergraduate course equivalents. If the applicant graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from an AACSB-International accredited institution, the applicant will also be required to include any missing courses as part of the MBA fundamentals.

    If the applicant did not attend an AACSB-International accredited school or has lower than a 3.0 cumulative GPA, an MBA advisor will evaluate each undergraduate course equivalent and waive those courses where a "B" or better was earned. Courses being considered for waivers must have been taken within the past 10 years and the student must have graduated within the past five years.
  • I graduated less than five years ago but my school wasn't AACSB accredited, how can I get the fundamentals waived?
    We will look at each of the fundamental course equivalents that you took as an undergraduate student and waive the courses where you received a ‘B’ or higher.

  • My degree is not in Business Administration; can I still get some or all of the fundamental courses waived?
    You may be eligible for waivers if you took any of the undergraduate course equivalents even if you were not a business student. We will look at each of the fundamental course equivalents that you took as an undergraduate student and waive the courses where you received a ‘B’ or higher.

  • My degree is slightly over 5 years; can I still have the fundamental courses waived?
    In certain situation we offer “grace period” when the start of the MBA semester is slightly outside of the five year window. For example, if you graduated in May 2006 and apply for the Fall 2011 semester, we will likely grant you course waivers. We would also grant course waivers if you graduated in December 2006 and apply for the Spring 2012 semester. An MBA advisor will determine if you qualify for course waivers.

  • I am not eligible for course waivers because I graduated more than five years ago. Is there any other way to get some or all of the courses waived?
    Prior to your second semester, you may take a waiver exam for any business fundamental course not satisfied by the waiver policy. There is no cost to the exam. The exam can only be taken once.

  • How will I know if I obtain fundamental course waivers?
    If you are admitted to the MBA program an MBA advisor will review your transcripts and determine which courses are waived. You will receive a program plan of study which details the courses you need to complete the MBA program requirements.