As a MALS applicant you are asked to secure two letters of recommendation from people who are familiar with those aspects of your life that bear upon your suitability for graduate study. Such letters typically come from people you have worked with in your profession or in volunteer activities, as well as from present or former supervisors or professors. Letters from family members or close personal friends are discouraged. Among the pertinent topics are your intellectual interests, motivation for graduate study, time management skills, enjoyment of intense small-group discussions, and degree of comfort with significant amounts of reading and writing.
Because UD requires the completion of a specific grid of questions by a recommender, we also cannot accept any third-party recommendation service or any individual letters already in the applicant's possession.
Your application status page shows if your recommenders have been notified, started, or completed the recommendation on your behalf.
Tips to successfully receive your recommendations:
- Be sure you have spoken with your recommender first to see what their preferred e-mail address is for use in completing graduate recommendations.
- Double check the e-mail address you entered for spelling errors.
- Please note that notification emails will come from email@example.com. If your recommenders use a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this email address to their list of known/safe addresses.
- If you need to send a reminder notification to a recommender, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.