Waiver Guide Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between Round 1 and Round 2 submissions?

A. Students have two opportunities to submit credentials: round 1 and round 2. These rounds do not correspond to your admissions status and you can submit in either or both rounds. Round 1 results are returned to students earlier, and in the event that supplemental information is required for your credential review, you may resubmit in round 2 if your credentials are denied in round 1. There is no further consideration for credentials after the round 2 deadline has passed.

Should I highlight courses for consideration for waiver/placement by credential?

Absolutely, yes! We ask that you highlight courses for consideration on your uploaded transcript so that evaluators can provide timely feedback. Transcripts that do not contain highlighted courses will not be reviewed.

If I successfully pass a waiver exam, does this reduce the total number of credit units that I am required to complete?

19 graduate level credit units are required for the MBA degree.  If you waive out of core requirements, you must satisfy the waived credit units with electives(s).

If I have taken Undergraduate courses at Penn, do I still have to provide a transcript?

Yes, because a file must be uploaded in order to create an academic profile in the Waiver Evaluation Module, we will require you to upload a transcript. However, if you have taken undergraduate courses at Penn, an unofficial transcript is sufficient.

What if I no longer have access to syllabi to support my waiver application?

An updated syllabus of the course may suffice. We will contact you if we need supporting information.

My undergraduate syllabi are not in English. Do I need to provide an official translation?

Yes. A translation of the syllabus to English is required; however it does not need to be translated by a certified translation company.

What if it has been more than five years since I have taken Accounting?

If you do not satisfy the criteria required to submit credentials to waive a course, you should take the waiver/placement exam to prove your expertise in the material.

I do not see the option to submit waiver credentials for some courses. Do all courses offer the waiver by credential option?

For some courses (i.e. FNCE 613, and MGEC 611), waiving by credentials is not an option.  In that case, you should sit for the exam.

When will we hear back regarding waiver by credential decisions?

For credentials submitted by Monday, June 11, results will be returned during the week of June 18-22.  For credentials submitted by Monday, July 9, results will be returned during the week of July 23-27.

What happens if I receive a low score on a waiver or placement exam?

There is no penalty for a low score on the waiver and placement exams. If you do not pass an exam, then you will need to take the core course.

If I am only submitting work credentials for consideration for waivers, do I still need to upload a transcript in my profile?

Yes – we require that students upload these materials, especially in the event that academic credentials are considering in conjunction with work credentials.

Q. When will we hear back regarding waiver decisions?

A. For credentials submitted by Monday, June  11, results will be returned during the week of June 18 – 22.  For credentials submitted by Monday, July 9, results will be returned during the week of July 23 – 27.

Q. How do we upload our credentials for review?

A. You can upload your credentials via the Waiver Evaluation Module. Once determined that you are eligible to submit credentials for review, you can create an academic profile and upload supporting documentation. When uploading transcripts, please be sure to highlight or annotate the courses you are requesting for review, while also including the requisite cover sheet, respective syllabi and other supporting information you might have.

Academic Advisors are here to help.

Academic Advisors are available to discuss your best course of action. Second-year students can also give a perspective on waivers but keep in mind that they may not be familiar with your background or experience. Check out the FAQs below and please don’t hesitate to contact the MBA Program Office at mbaprogram@wharton.upenn.edu with any questions.