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. 

Analytic Methods (Quantitative) Exemption Exam

GSD 5215: Analytic Methods of Urban Planning: Quantitative
Professor Carole Voulgaris; cvoulgaris@gsd.harvard.edu
Next exam: August 2020 (date and time chosen by the student)

Students should email the course instructor at least two business days before they wish to take the exam and indicate their preferred date and time (no earlier than August 1st, and no later than August 31st). At each student's preferred time she or he will receive an email with the exam instructions. Each student must email the completed exam to the instructor within three hours of receiving the exam. No two students will receive exactly the same exam, but each exam will cover the same material.

Students are welcome to consult any statistics books or online resources during the exam. They will need access to statistical software during the exam as well. Appropriate choices include Excel (with Analysis TookPak, or AnalystSoft StatPlus if you are working on a Mac) or R. 

Study materials

In preparation for the exam, students may wish to review the following resources:

Kahn Academy modules:
Summarizing categorical data
Summarizing continuous data
Data distributions
Relationships between continuous variables
Sampling distributions
Confidence intervals
Significance tests
Two-sample inference
Chi-square tests
Chapter 23 of R for Data Science (Grolemund and Wickham)

Waivers


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.

Please reach out to your Program Coordinator Sarah Hutchinson to request the link to the online petition forms.

Substitutions


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