Graduate School: Recommendation Letters-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate School: Recommendation Letters

  • Usually you will need three recommendations
  • To write your recommendations letters, you could ask: professors, past or current supervisors, advisors, or other people who know you well (not your peers or friends)
  • An effective method to ask a person to write you a recommendation is:
    "Would you feel comfortable writing me a good recommendation?"
  • Make sure each person writing you a recommendation knows what kind of program you are applying for and even the kind of things you would like them to emphasize about you.  Give them a copy of your resume.
  • Timing: summer before your senior year or fall semester of senior year

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