MBA Letters of Recommendation

The Columbia MBA requires two letters of reference for admissions. 

Columbia MBA Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation allow the Admissions Committee to better understand the character and competence of an applicant though the testimony of other parties. Linda Meehan, Director of the Board of Admissions at Columbia Business School, stresses the importance of these aspects of the application process. On the recommendation form, the evaluator has the choice of either filling in a questionnaire provided in the application packet or of drafting a more traditional letter. Two types of questionnaires are available depending upon the nature of the recommendation: professional or academic. A dozen questions relate to the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate, his or her motivation, maturity, and more precisely, on his or her professional and/or academic competence. For candidates who have been active in the professional world for more than six months, it is strongly suggested that they provide a letter of recommendation issued by their immediate superior. Sometimes, it can be a bit delicate or even impossible to ask this person. In this case, you should ask your former employer or a colleague from work, not forgetting to explain the reasons for this choice on your application. Applicants who have recently graduated must get a least one letter from an internship supervisor. The second can come from an undergraduate professor.

Do not hesitate to wan the person whom you're requesting to write the letter of the importance of their task. choosing a colleague from work that you esteem professional does not guarantee a good letter. You must also be certain that he or she will dedicate sufficient time and effort to draft an efficient letter. Clearly, the letter must be written grammatically correct English and typed. Finally, please note that the title or professional activity of the personal you choose has little impact on the evaluation of the letter. Letters of recommendation are strictly confidential, which means that applicants do not take part in drawing them up. On the other hand, it could be useful to indicate to the evaluators what the Admissions Committee typically expects to see in a good letter of recommendation. Below you will find several of the key questions asked in Columbia's application packet, with an interpretation as well as some sample answers.

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