Waiver exams allow you to test out of certain core courses for which you have a demonstrated competency. You should consider taking a waiver exam if you have sufficient academic and professional experience in the subject matter.

Waiver exams for select core courses are administered in July (for fall classes) and December (for spring classes). Only the core courses listed below are eligible to be waived. Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis, not the A-F letter grade scale. To waive out of a core course, you must receive a pass on a waiver exam, as determined by the course professor, or be eligible for an automatic waiver (see below). Completion of other classes or exams is not an acceptable reason to waive a core class. Waiving a core course does not reduce the number of units needed to graduate. You must take additional elective course(s) to complete the 42-unit graduation requirement.

Classes Eligible to be Waived

  • EWMBA 201A – Economics for Business Decision Making
  • EWMBA 201B – Macroeconomics in the Global Economy
  • EWMBA 202 – Financial Reporting*
  • EWMBA 203 – Introduction to Finance*
  • EWMBA 204 – Operations*
  • EWMBA 206 – Marketing Organization and Management
  • EWMBA 200S – Data & Decisions

*Eligible for automatic waiver.

Classes NOT Eligible to be Waived

  • EWMBA 200C – Leadership Communications
  • EWMBA 205 – Leading People
  • EWMBA 207 – Ethics and Responsibility in Business
  • EWMBA 200P – Fundamentals of Design Thinking
  • EWMBA 299 – Strategy

Waiver Examination Guidelines - Fall

Waiver Examination Guidelines - Spring

Spring 2020 Waiver Sign-Ups

Students in the Blue and Gold cohorts who are taking the EWMBA 202 Financial Reporting waiver exam will need to do so in person. All other core waiver exams will be conducted online via ProctorU.

EWMBA 202 Financial Reporting (Blue & Gold cohorts)

This exam will be held in person, at Haas, on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, December 5, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM at Haas School of Business (N270, Chou Hall)
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM at Haas School of Business (N370, Chou Hall)
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at Haas School of Business (N270, Chou Hall)

EWMBA 202 Financial Reporting (Axe & Oski cohorts)
EWMBA 203 Introduction to Finance (All cohorts)
EWMBA 201B Macroeconomics (All cohorts)

If you are taking any of these exams, they will be conducted via our online proctoring provider, ProctorU. The testing window is Tuesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 8. Tests can be taken any time and from anywhere in the world with internet access. You do NOT need to come to Berkeley.

Registration is closed. The deadline to sign up was Thursday, November 14. Late requests will NOT be accommodated. You will receive additional information, including a list of approved exam-specific materials and instructions on creating a ProctorU account (for exams administered online), shortly after the registration window closes.

If you believe that you signed up for an exam, but have not received an email confirmation by Monday, November 18 please contact the EWMBA Program Office.

There will be NO opportunity to take these exams at any later date, so if you think you have a chance of passing the waiver exam, we recommend that you make time to sit for it at one of the sessions listed above.