Core Course Waiver Information

For Online MBA Current Students

Students may be exempted from the requirement of taking certain core courses with approval from the instructor of record. Waivers are offered at the discretion of the instructor and the requirements for waiving courses vary from course to course.

Exemption, if granted, does not award course credit and you would take an additional elective to replace the exempted course.

Only students with extensive experience and/or applicable academic coursework should plan to opt for a waiver. The expectation for applicable coursework is equivalent to graduate level study. Undergraduate courses are typically not accepted. Students who are eligible to waive out of a core course will often still take the course, either as a refresher course or to solidify their understanding of the material.

201AV Individual and Group Dynamics

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the behaviors, problems, and effective management of organizations and their members. The course uses readings, cases, exercises, and simulations to survey problems confronting organizational managers, and demonstrate practical skills for analyzing and solving those problems. Topics include individual characteristics, attribution and stereotypes, influence and power, motivation, conflict and negotiation, group and team functioning, decision-making, leadership, and organizational culture.

Contact Kimberly Elsbach

201BV Organizational Strategy and Structure

The objective of this course is to help students develop skills to analyze and address issues of firm performance and how managers affect it through strategy. As part of skill development, students will learn strategic analysis tools, including models and frameworks to assist with diagnosing organizational issues and make recommendations to improve or sustain performance.           

Contact Gina Dokko

202AV Markets and the Firm

This course surveys the fundamental principles of microeconomics and describes how those principles inform managerial decision making, in the contexts above and many more. A variety of real-world examples and current events will be used to illustrate key concepts.

Contact Victor Stango

204V Marketing Management

Students will learn the principles and practices behind the emerging and enduring aspects of marketing. The course is designed to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of marketing—especially how to use data and/or logic to make marketing decisions 

Contact Ashwin Aravindakshan

205V Financial Theory and Policy

In this course, students will learn about how firms make investment and financing decisions. By the end of the quarter, students should be well grounded in the basic tools of corporate finance including: net present value calculations, estimating cost of capital, financing choices available to the firm, distribution policies available to the firm, and the evaluation of investments available to the firm.     

Contact Brad Barber

252V Managing for Operational Excellence

The objective of this course is to study the core concepts in operations management. Successful companies must be able to develop and manage efficient business processes that are capable of delivering high-quality products and services to meet their ever-changing customer demands in a timely and cost-effective manner. This course will focus on a number of concepts and techniques for analyzing and improving business process performance.    

Contact Rachel Chen

400AV Financial Accounting

This course focuses on making students informed users of financial information prepared under U.S. “generally accepted accounting principles” (GAAP). The primary emphasis of this course is to assist students in developing basic skills required to interpret, analyze, and evaluate information reported in GAAP financial statements.

Contact Michelle Yetman

403AV Data Analysis for Managers

This course covers statistical analysis of data, using techniques ranging from the basic to the sophisticated (linear regression, quantified hypothesis testing, multivariate analyses). The aim is for students to leave with a solid, though nonspecialized, base in statistical analysis.           

Contact Heather Whiteman

Course Waivers will NOT be offered for the following courses:

268V Articulation and Critical Thinking

438V Quantitative Tools for Business

This course is NOT a core course, but an admission requirement to satisfy deficiencies at the time of matriculation. Students who did not recently earn an above-median score in the quantitative portion of the GMAT or the GRE are required to take this course.

440V Integrated Management Project

All University of California graduate degrees have a capstone, thesis, or exit exam requirement. The Integrated Management Project is the capstone requirement that fulfills the Master’s in Business Administration degree requirement.