Core Course Waiver Information

You may be exempted from the requirement to take certain core courses with the approval of the designated faculty member.  Exemption, if granted, does not award course credit and you would take an additional elective to replace the exempted course.

Course exemptions are generally by examination or may be granted at the instructor’s discretion based on previous coursework.

202A Markets and the Firm (Microeconomics) – Fall

You may waive out of 202A if you can show proficiency in economics, in one of two ways:
(1) By registering for and taking the waiver exam;
(2) By petitioning the instructor, Professor Victor Stango, and providing evidence of proficiency, which may include an undergraduate degree in economics or successful completion of a graduate-level course with content similar to 202A.

203A Data Analysis for Managers (Statistics) – Fall

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in mathematics or statistics, you must e-mail Professor Roger Edelen so that he can verify that you are automatically waived from taking 203A. This course may also be waived if you have a degree in engineering, but Professor Edelen needs to make a case-by-case determination. You should e-mail Professor Roger Edelen and list the relevant educational background for possible exemption.

If you don’t meet the above criteria and believe you are highly proficient in statistics, you must register to take the waiver exam for 203A.

200A Financial Accounting – Fall, Winter

If you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting and/or are a certified public accountant, you are automatically waived from taking the core Financial Accounting Course (200A). Students should email Professor Hollis Skaife in your email please summarize your relevant educational background or certification that qualifies you for the exemption. They will send an email to you and the GSM Registrar confirming your exemption.

If you don’t meet the above criteria and believe that you have a very good understanding of basic accounting principles, you must register to take the waiver exam.  If you minored in accounting or have already taken a few financial accounting courses, you may attempt the waiver exam.  Professor Skaife does not recommend waiving the course if you have had only one previous undergraduate financial accounting course, as beginning undergraduate accounting courses are typically taught with an emphasis towards bookkeeping, whereas this course is taught with an emphasis towards managerial decision making.

201B Organizational Strategy and Structure – Winter

This course covers strategic management of organizations, including: analysis of industries, firm resources and capabilities and corporate strategy; strategy formulation, implementation and strategic decision-making; firm and industry life cycles and change; and analysis of organizational design and structure including differentiation and integration. 

You may waive out of 201B if you can show proficiency in class content, in one of two ways:
(1) By registering for and taking the waiver exam;
(2) By petitioning the instructor, Gina Dokko, and providing evidence of proficiency. The student must have received a grade of B or better in a comparable course. The student will need to supply a transcript and syllabus to Professor Dokko.

204 Marketing Management – Winter

Petition the instructor (Prasad Naik for MGB 204 and Ashwin Aravindakshan for MGT and MGP 204) to provide evidence of proficiency. A waiver may be granted if the student has taken a graduate-level Marketing course from a peer institution and has passed the course with a grade of B+ or higher (or equivalent). The student will need to supply a transcript and syllabus to either Professor Naik or Professor Aravindakshan, depending on program.

205 Financial Theory and Policy – Winter, Spring

Petition the instructor Joe Chen. Consideration for a waiver in this course will be made on a case-by-case basis based on 1) student records and 2) in-person interview with Professor Joe Chen. The student will need to supply a transcript and syllabus to Joe Chen.

201A Individual and Group Dynamics – Spring

Examines basic psychological and social psychological processes shaping human behavior and applies knowledge of these processes to the practice of working with and managing others in organizations. Topics include motivation, job design, commitment, socialization, culture, individual and group decision making, and team building.

If you have previously taken graduate-level coursework in Organizational Behavior contact Professor Kim Elsbach (Full-time and Sacramento students) or Professor Greta Hsu (Bay Area Students)with a syllabus from the course and a corresponding transcript that reflects a grade of B or higher.  Course exemptions will be examined on a case-by-case basis. There is no waiver exam for this course.

COURSE WaiverS will NOT be offered for the following courses

252 Managing for Operational Excellence

Explores operations in manufacturing and service sectors from both inside and outside a company. Quantitative methods and their organizational implications are also examined.

268 Articulation and Critical Thinking

Develop competency in business writing and oral presentations. Build critical thinking skills. Topics include behavioral economics, false claims, deductive reasoning, correlation/causality, business ethics.

440 Integrated Management Project