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Waiver FAQs

The Waiver Process

  • Where to submit
  • Deadlines
  • Who reviews
  • Decisions and notification

Academic Experience

  • Course Syllabi
  • Transcripts

Professional Designation

  • Documentation

ACC Prep Class

Waiver Exams

If you still have questions, please contact RossAcadServices@umich.edu


The Waiver Process

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Q:  How do I submit a waiver request?

A:  Review the Core Details site for Full-Time- and Part-Time: Evening-MBA students for each course to see what materials are needed for a waiver request. Waivers will not be accepted without attached documentation.  This may include:

  • Course syllabi
  • Transcripts (with relevant courses highlighted/circled)
  • Resume
  • Copy of professional certification

Complete a Core Course Waiver Request Form for each course you wish to waive. List only one course per form.

Q:  Where do I send my waiver request?

A:  Submissions may be made by e-mail to RossAcadServices@umich.edu

Q:  What are the deadlines to submit a waiver request?

A:  Please note that no requests are accepted after the term has begun.

Full-Time MBA

Regular Admits
Fall core
Late Admits (after June 6)
Fall core

Winter core

June 3, 2013

For ACC 502, July 1, 2013

All other waivers: August 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

Evening MBA*

Winter 2013 Admits
Fall courses
Fall 2013 Admits
Fall courses

Winter courses

June 3, 2013 August 14, 2013

Rolling

*These deadlines apply to waiver requests for courses affecting your Fall 2013 schedule (e.g. you plan to take a Fall course that has a prerequisite that you would meet by waiving). Waivers for courses affecting future terms will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis

Q:  How are decisions made?

A:  Waiver requests based on professional and/or academic experience and are reviewed by faculty members who are well-versed in the Ross curriculum.  They review your records to determine if you have the requisite knowledge in a core functional area of business that we expect of all our graduates.

Q:  How/when will I be notified of my decision?

A:  You will receive an e-mail notification stating whether your waiver request or exam has been approved or denied via the email address listed in your iMpact profile. (Be sure to keep this email address updated over the summer.)  It is not necessary to contact the faculty reviewer until you receive your decision via email from Ross Academic Services.

For incoming MBA students, all requests received by June 3, 2013 should be reviewed by July 8, 2013.

Requests received by August 14 should be reviewed before the first day of the Fall term.


Academic Experience

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Q:  I took the course (that I think allows me to waive) several years ago.  Do I really need to submit a syllabus?

A:  No, but it is in your best interest.  The faculty that review these requests will not come back to you if they don't have enough information to grant your waiver.  It is best to provide whatever information you can up front.

Q:  How am I supposed to get a syllabus from that long ago?

A:  Schools have different methods for maintaining these items, and some are certainly better than others.  You should start at the school's website, contact the department, and/or contact the instructor.  In the end, if you can't obtain them, your request will still be reviewed, but we encourage you to give yourself the best shot at waiving by obtaining as much documentation as you can.

Q:  Will my request be reviewed without transcripts?

A:  No.  Transcripts are essential to accurately assessing your background.

Q:  Do you need official transcripts from my school?

A:  No, a scanned version is fine.  We will not return originals to you, so please photocopy/scan them yourself.


Professional Designation

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Q:  I have a CPA/CA/CMA/JD, do I need to submit a waiver request?

A:  Yes!  We need the documentation to add to your file and to process the paperwork that will post your waiver to your transcript.

Q:  What type of documentation do you need showing my CPA/CA/CMA/JD?

A:  You can provide the official credential, a copy of the same, or a printout from a state Board of Accountancy that includes identifying information as well as license status.


ACC Prep Class

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Note: Answers to most of your questions about the Accounting Waiver Prep Course can be found here.

Q:  How do I sign-up for the Accounting Waiver Preparatory Course?

A:  You can follow these links to register and submit your payment:

  • Meets from Tuesday, August 6, 2013 through Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Q:  I want to sign up for the ACC Prep Course, but I won't know about my waiver based on academic experience until so close to the sign-up deadline on July 19, 2013.  Should I sign up now or wait?

A:  There is a $300 fee for the course, so we recommend that you wait and find out if you need the Prep Course in order to waive before signing up.  Decisions for waiver requests submitted by June 3, 2013 will be reviewed by July 9, 2013, and your results will be communicated to you via e-mail shortly afterwards.


Waiver Exams

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Note: Answers to most of your questions about waiver exams can be found here.  The waiver exam schedule is here.

Q:  Do I need to pre-register for any waiver exams?

A:  The exams for FIN 503/551 and TO 501/502 do not require pre-registration.  The ACC 502 waiver exam option is available only to students who have attended the pre-term Accounting Waiver Preparatory Course.

Q:  Do I still need to submit a waiver request form if I plan to take a waiver exam?

A:  No. When you sit for a waiver exam, the administering faculty member will provide our office with a list of students who took the exam and their results.