General Education Waivers

Certain General Education requirements may be waived based on particular examination scores or experience as detailed below. Students who qualify for a waiver are exempt from taking certain courses/requirements, thus allowing the student to make alternate course selections. Academic credit is not granted for waivers.

Please be sure that Emerson’s Undergraduate Admission Office has your ACT/SAT scores and your final high school transcript so that you are awarded the proper waivers.


The Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement is waived for students who achieve one of the following:

  • A score of 550 or higher on the math portion of the SAT; or
  • A score of 24 or higher on the ACT mathematics exam; or
  • Four years of high school math with a grade of C or higher in each year.

World Languages

The World Languages General Education requirement is waived for students for whom one of the following applies:

  • Completion through the 3rd level of high school study in any one language; or
  • English is not the student’s first language.