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Basic Admissions Requirements

Letters of Recommendation

At least three letters of recommendation are required by the application deadlineWe cannot guarantee that Letters of Recommendation received after the application deadline will be reviewed with your application.

Who should I ask to be my recommenders?

The most helpful letters or recommendation are from persons who have supervised the applicant’s work in either an academic, employment or community service capacity, and who can evaluate the applicant’s intellectual ability, creativity, initiative, leadership potential, and promise in the field of public policy analysis and management.

How do recommenders submit their letters?

Electronically. Once you have started the on-line application, the instructions for how to submit letters of recommendation can be found in the main menu under “Recommendations.”

Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?

Yes, you may submit up to four letters of recommendation. The online application provides space for more than four letters, however the admissions committee will only review up to four.

Can a recommender submit a letter of recommendation in a language other than English?

No, letters that are not written in English need to be translated into English. You can use an ATA certified translator for letters of recommendation or any other translation service (http://www.atanet.org/). 

Applicants may waive the right to inspect their letters of recommendation on a voluntary basis. To waive access to your letters, complete the waiver section of the Letter of Recommendation. The Graduate Division may verify the authenticity of academic letters of recommendation with the school or recommender. Read more about letters of recommendation requirements at the Graduate Division.