The Urban Planning program offers students with prior experience the opportunity to pursue exemptions, waivers, and substitutions for various required courses.

It is a student’s responsibility to pursue exemptions in a timely manner. Exemption exams are offered once per year in August. Waiver requests should be submitted following the process outlined by your your program coordinator, along with all required supporting documentation, in time for approval before the end of the add/drop period in the relevant semester. Note that waiving a course does not reduce the total number of units required for graduation.

Exemption Exam

Exemption from the course below, which fills the Analytic Methods Requirement, is granted only on satisfactory performance in an exemption exam.

GSD 5215: Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative

This exam is offered once per year in August. You must contact your Program Coordinator Sarah Hutchinson  for the exam date/time and study materials.

Analytic Methods (Quantitative) Exemption Exam

GSD 5215: Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative
Professor Carole Voulgaris
Next exam: August 2020; date/time TBA

Students will have up to 3 hours to complete the exam, which will cover all the major topics addressed in the course syllabus, linked below.

In completing the exam, students will be able to consult a statistics book (or books), which they may bring. The recommended resource is the course textbook (any edition will do). The course textbook will also be helpful should you want to review before the exam:

  • Healey, J. F. (2009). Statistics: A Tool for Social Research (8th ed.), Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning.

Students should also bring a laptop with wireless accessibility so that they can access a dataset that will be emailed to students. If possible, students should also have Excel (with Analysis TookPak) loaded onto their computer so that they can carry out basic statistical functions. If you have a Mac, you may prefer to use another Excel add-in, such as AnalystSoft StatPlus. If students have, and wish to use, a more advanced statistics program, that is also acceptable.

Study materials, including sample syllabus, lecture notes, and problem sets can be found on an access restricted drive.


If you believe you have already taken coursework that might qualify you to exempt out of any other required courses, you must submit a petition and supporting documentation which includes syllabi from those courses.

Beginning summer 2019 there is a formal online process to request a waiver from a required course. Please reach out to your Program Coordinator Sarah Hutchinson to request the link to the online petition forms.


Several alternate courses across the university have been identified that can be taken during a student's time at the GSD to meet some of their program requirements. Please refer to the MUP Degree Requirements for up-to-date information on these pre-approved substitutions.

To seek approval for a substitute course not already listed in the degree requirements document, use the the following form:
Petition to Substitute an Alternate Course Satisfying a Methods Requirement