Three classes may be waived by examination:

  1. T6501 Social Work Research. (If you waive, you may take a three-credit elective in lieu of the course.)
  2. T6801 Social Welfare Policy. (If you waive, you must take a more advanced-level policy course.)
  3. T6505 Introduction to Statistics. (If you waive, you are exempted from taking this course.)

If you have previously or recently completed similar coursework in statistics or the SW research or social welfare policy content areas, then we recommend that you take the applicable waiver exam. Note that these exams are optional and not required.

Waiver exams will be administered:

  • In January, June, July and September. Exact dates and times TBD.

To register click here.

  • The Statistics and Research Methods waiver exams are computer-based and consist of multiple choice questions.
  • To take exams online, you need a computer with a working webcam and microphone for proctoring. Please have a government-issued photo ID ready to show before beginning the exam. If you have any questions, contact swonline@columbia.edu.
  • The Social Welfare Policy waiver exam consists of short-answer and short-essay questions that must be answered in the blue book provided.
  • Your waiver exam results will be sent to you 48 to 72 hours of completing the exam. Please do not call for exam results.

Preparation for Waiver Exams