Exemption Overview

The core curriculum at Fuqua provides a foundation for graduate business education. Faculty members expect each student to gain this basic core knowledge; however, many students may qualify to exempt from one or more of these core courses. If your undergraduate background or work experience has adequately covered core material, we strongly encourage you to exempt the core requirement and select an appropriate elective in its place.

You will not earn credit for a course you exempt, instead, you will gain the opportunity to take additional elective courses, which may be particularly important in shaping your career transition and job search. Faculty members encourage you to take courses outside of your particular area of interest as a means of enhancing your career goals and broadening your educational experience.

Types of Core Course Exemptions

2 types of core course exemptions are available:

  1. Administrative Exemption
  2. Exemption by Exam

You will be preregistered for the core curriculum. You do not need to do anything about registration before your arrival in August, except to apply for administrative exemptions. Exemption results will be sent to you via email. At that time, those of you who receive an exemption will be given instructions about finalizing your class schedule.

Some courses are restricted to exemption by exam only or by administrative exemption only. The Incoming Student Website's Action Items Checklist contains a brief summary of the exemption process and specific exemption guidelines for each core course.

Administrative Exemption

You may receive an administrative exemption based on prior coursework or professional experience, or you may wish to demonstrate your knowledge by taking an exemption exam upon arrival at Fuqua.

The guidelines for obtaining an administrative exemption are unique for each course and will require specific documentation from you. The appropriate faculty member will review your request and decide from the following:

  • Grant an administrative exemption from the core course
  • Grant a conditional exemption and specify which course you must take in place of the core course
  • Deny an administrative exemption request and encourage you to take the exam (if applicable)

All requests for administrative exemption should be emailed to registrar-info@fuqua.duke.eduThe deadlines vary by subject. Please refer to the table below or to the Core Course Exemption Guidelines AY 2017-2018.

If you are requesting multiple administrative exemptions, please send a separate email (and copies of applicable transcript(s)) for each course you wish to exempt and compile into one mailing.

There is no administrative exemption for the following course, which offer exemption by exam only:

Probability & Statistics (DECISION 610)

Exemption by Exam

You may take an exam during any of the time slots, but only one exam may be taken during a given time slot. You do not need to sign up or pre-register to take an exemption exam; simply show up at any of the given time slots. Exams may not be repeated.

There is no exemption exam administered for the following course, which offer administrative exemption only:

Foundations of Strategy (STRATEGY 835)

Exemption Exam Preparation

What can I bring to class when taking an exemption exam?

ACCOUNTG 590 : Financial Accounting
his exam is open book and open notes, calculators are permitted. Computers are not permitted. Be sure to turn in the supporting materials when you turn in your completed exam. NOTE: Supporting material attached to exam.

DECISION 610: Probability and Statistics
The exam will be open book and open notes. Calculators are permitted.

FINANCE 645: Global Financial Management
No books allowed. Students are allowed to bring one 8.5x11 sheet of paper with writing on both sides. Calculators are permitted.

MGRECON 780: Managerial Economics
This exam is closed book and closed notes. Calculators are permitted.

MARKETING 795: Marketing Management
This exam is closed book and closed notes.

OPERATNS 820: Operations Management
This exam is closed book, calculator permitted, personal computer not permitted. International students may use a dictionary.

Exemption Exam Dates

All exams will be held in 2008 MBA Classroom.

DAY DATES TIMES ACCOUNTG 590 DECISION 610 MGRECON 780 FINANCE 645 MARKETNG 795 OPERATNS 820
Pre-Term
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm X X X X X X
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Global Institute
Sat Aug 5, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sun Aug 6, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Wed Aug 9, 2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm X X X X X X
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm X X X X X X
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm X X X X X X
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm X X X X X X
Sat Sep 2, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm       X X X
Sat Sep 2, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm       X X X
Sun Sep 3, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm       X X X
Fall 1
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm       X X X
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm       X X X
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm       X X X
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9 a.m. - 12 pm       X X X
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm       X X X
Sun Oct 1, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm       X X X
Fall 2
Sat Nov 4, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm           X
Sun Nov 5, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm           X
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2 pm - 5 pm           X

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be pre-registered for the core curriculum. You do not need to do anything about registration before your arrival in August except to apply for administrative exemptions. During orientation, you will be instructed on how to obtain a copy of your class schedule from ACES WEB, the university registration system.

There are two types of core course exemptions available: administrative and by examination. You may receive an administrative exemption based on prior coursework or professional experience, or you may wish to demonstrate your knowledge by taking an exemption exam upon arrival at Fuqua.

Exemption results will be sent to you via email along with information about how your schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the exempted core course(s).

Students who choose to remain in a core course, for which they could have exempted, sometimes find themselves bored and inattentive. This can make for an unpleasant classroom setting for you the student, the professor, and the other class members! By exempting a course, gives you the opportunity to select another elective course. Taking a course outside your particular area of interest is a means of enhancing your career goals and broadens you educational experience. This in turn helps shape your career transition and job search possibly attracting potential employers.

If you feel you could exempt a core course, you should take the exemption exam. Should you be granted an exemption, you still have the option of staying in the core course. You might surprise yourself!

You should not put off taking an exemption exam. Once the semester begins you will be busier than you can imagine. You should also consider the number of hands through which your exam will pass. You may not get the results for several weeks. This will put you at a disadvantage as electives fill up quickly. The sooner you are granted an exemption, the sooner you’ll be able to select an elective. Courses fill up quickly! There is absolutely no penalty for taking an exam and not passing.

If your exemption allows you to select an elective, you will be contacted via email by the Fuqua Registrar with your choices. Once a suitable replacement is found, the registrar will add the course to your schedule. Electives fill up quickly so you should apply for administrative exemptions, or take the exemption exam as early as possible.

When trying to decide whether or not to exempt, you should first read the guidelines for each course. If you are still unsure, you should follow the guidelines for obtaining an administrative exemption. The faculty will then be able to provide you with feedback that will indicate whether or not you should exempt. If you are still uncertain when you arrive on campus, you might make an appointment to speak with the appropriate faculty member to discuss your background.

You are not likely to receive an exemption where it is not appropriate. In the case of a conditional exemption, you would be required to take the next level of a course (for example, a conditional exemption in DECISION 610: Probability and Statistics would require that you take DECISION 614: Statistical Forecasting). If, after the first week of classes in the higher level course, you feel you're in over your head, you may elect to drop back to the core level.

Because many of our students have backgrounds in economics or business/accounting, the highest number of exemptions is usually given for MGRECON 780: Managerial Economics; ACCOUNTG 590: Financial Accounting; and MARKETNG 795: Marketing Management.

Almost a third of the students exempt core courses.

You will only miss out on the boredom of sitting through material that is repetitious for you. You'll also move more quickly through electives which can only better prepare you for getting that new job.

If prior course work is something that you use in your job or something you feel you've retained, then you should still try to exempt. If it's been more than a few years and you don't feel you've retained the subject matter, you may want to take the course. When in doubt--take the exam. If you pass it, then you know enough to exempt the course. If you don't pass it, then you know you need a refresher!

First, the tuition costs don't justify wasting your time on material you already know. Second, you will create ill will among your classmates who will resent your being in the class--you are throwing off the curve, after all!