Exam Policy

Permission to take makeup exams in core courses may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Exam conflict, defined as either: 1) two final exams scheduled at the same time or 2) three or more final exams scheduled within a two-day period. (Does not apply to in-class exams.)
  • Religious observance
  • Personal, medical, and family emergencies. Documentation is required for medical absences.
  • Military service
  • Court appearances, such as jury duty

Exceptions may be given only by permission of the dean of students through written appeal. Exceptions are made in consultation with faculty members.

Permission to take makeup exams in elective courses may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Exam conflict, defined as either: 1) two final exams scheduled at the same time or 2) three or more final exams scheduled within a two-day period. (Does not apply to in-class exams.)
  • Religious observance
  • Personal, medical, and family emergencies. Documentation is required for medical absences.
  • Military service
  • Court appearances, such as jury duty

Exceptions may be given only by permission of the assistant dean and dean of students through written appeal. Exceptions are made in consultation with faculty members.

EMBA students should e-mail makeup exam requests to askEMBA-NewYork@gsb.columbia.edu. Requests to reschedule exams for reasons other than those listed above will be considered on a case by case basis, and should include the reason for the appeal, timing of any travel, as well as the exam and course details.

If the request for a rescheduled exam is approved, the administration will make every effort to reschedule your exam close to the given exam period, in consultation with your professor. Makeup exams will typically be given during business hours. In some unusual cases, the administration and your professor may arrange for a rescheduled exam to be taken remotely.

In some cases, if the exam cannot be rescheduled during the exam period or offered remotely, students may receive an IN (incomplete) for the course and must complete the exam (as well as all course requirements) within the following semester. If the required exam is not completed within the following term, an automatic grade of F is awarded for the class. Students who miss exams outside of the parameters and permissions outlined above will be considered as having an unexcused absence from the final exam.