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Letters of Recommendation: Best Practices for Your Executive MBA Application

When applying for an Executive MBA program, letters of recommendation play a crucial role in assessing your qualifications and potential for success. Here are some essential tips and best practices to consider when selecting and working with your recommenders:

Choosing Recommenders

  • Seek recommenders who can provide specific examples of your abilities and accomplishments. Avoid relying on high-level leaders who have limited knowledge of your actual work.
  • Discuss your MBA goals with your recommenders to ensure their understanding and support of your aspirations.
  • Provide ample time for your recommenders to complete the recommendation form or write a letter.
  • Consider recommenders from various aspects of your professional and personal life, including current colleagues, clients, vendors, and individuals you know through volunteer work.

Content of Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters should provide insights into the following aspects of your candidacy:

  • Work experience and achievements
  • Leadership skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Potential for success in the Executive MBA program

Recommendation Form Completion

UNC Kenan-Flagler requires at least two recommendation letters, including one from your direct supervisor, whenever possible. Other suitable recommenders could include leaders within your organization, clients, vendors, or individuals you know through volunteer work.

Submitting Recommendation Letters

Once you have selected your recommenders, provide their names and contact information to UNC Kenan-Flagler. The admissions team will then send your recommenders a guided assessment form or instructions for submitting a written letter.

By following these guidelines and selecting well-informed recommenders, you can strengthen your Executive MBA application and demonstrate your readiness for the program.