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:

  • PUBPOL 513 Public Policy Analysis
    • Students must submit prior written work or an already completed project via Canvas no later than October 15 of their first academic year. 
  • PUBPOL 516 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management I
    • Waiver exams are offered during orientation week.
  • PUBPOL 522 Budgeting & Financial Analysis
    • Waiver exams are offered during orientation week.
  • PUBPOL 527 Quantitative Analysis I
    • Students must submit via Canvas no later than September 8 of their first year:
      • A short cover letter explaining how a prior course(s) covered descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, p values, and hypothesis tests for comparing means and proportions
      • A course syllabus
      • A transcript showing the course and grade
      • (Optional) An exam, paper, or problem set showing the relevant work
    • Faculty will review these materials and decide whether the materials adequately demonstrate those competencies. 
  • PUBPOL 528 Quantitative Analysis II
    • Students must submit prior written work or an already completed project via Canvas no later than October 15 of their first academic year. 

Sample syllabi are available here.

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. 

Registration for waiver exams will begin during the summer.

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.