It is possible for MPA students with prior substantial academic or professional background and experience in a subject area to waive the relevant core course by taking an exam or submitting prior coursework:

  • PUBPOL 513 Public Policy Analysis
  • PUBPOL 516 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management I
  • PUBPOL 522 Budgeting & Financial Analysis
  • PUBPOL 527 Quantitative Analysis I
  • PUBPOL 528 Quantitative Analysis II

Sample syllabi are available here

New students will receive information about the waiver process during the summer. 

Students passing one or more of these exams will be exempt from the core requirement(s) in question. Incoming students with prior academic or professional experience in these subject areas are strongly encouraged to take the waiver exam. 

IMPORTANT: A waiver of a core course does not represent four completed graduate credits. However, it does free up an additional four units of graduate credit that students can apply to other areas of their curriculum plan, such as elective or concentration courses.

Waivers and substitutions not described above are not permitted. Students should consult the Student Handbook for more information.