To apply for Fall of 2010, they will tell you to take the pgre in october and
probably won't consider waiving it. They will say 'it's not so bad'.
To apply for Fall of 2009, its still going to be professor dependent, but I
think its more than just convincing the prof. The prof. would have to
convince the other faculty members and the graduate school to waive it.
Another option may be to consider applied physics departments - they
may have a less strict requirement because they are the ones that talk to
. One more option would be for the advisor to bring you
in as a master's program student until you can change over. Many master's
programs which are unlikely to exist at certain schools don't require the pgre.
Since you are getting an msc now, you may consider that to pass qualifiers
at any school you may still have to take their classes anyway.
I would push for what I wanted. But, at the same time, as a fellow student
I would be upset if I had to go through the agony and torture of the pgre
exam and you can walk right in. I tend to believe that the exceptional
cases you hear about are if people knew someone, or if you were a
Native American Indian instead of from India.