Supporting Your Application
Three recommendations are required for most applicants to a doctoral or master’s program and for most (but not all) graduate certificate programs. Recommendations are not required for post-baccalaureate (non-degree) applicants. All recommendations must be submitted electronically via Prospective Student Portal.
Steps to Requesting Recommendations
As the applicant, you will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) in your online application for at least three recommendation providers who are familiar with your academic and professional qualifications. Once the recommender information is saved in the online application, an email will be sent to the recommendation provider with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation. Note that the recommendation request is sent immediately regardless of whether you have submitted the online application.
Your recommendation providers should submit their recommendations through the system after completing a short online form in the Portal. They may also upload a personalized letter of reference through the online system.Recommendations sent to the Graduate School in any other format, including surface mail and email, will not be processed. If a person has already prepared a letter of recommendation on your behalf, please ask him or her to upload an electronic copy of the letter in the recommendation form he/she completes on your behalf.
You will be able to update a recommendation provider’s title, employer, address, phone number or email address if, after submitting the information, you realize that you made an error. If you wish to add or delete a recommendation provider, you may do so PRIOR to submitting the online application and paying the processing fee by clicking the “Add” or “Remove” button at the bottom of each recommendation form.
You can verify that recommendations have been submitted (and thus received by the Graduate School) by signing into your online account where the status of each recommendation is provided.
You may send email reminders to recommendation providers directly from your online application. Log into the prospective student portal using your User ID and password, click on “Application for Admission” and then click on the recommendation you wish to edit. At the bottom of the recommendation, click the ‘Resend’ button to send a reminder to the recommendation provider to complete and submit the recommendation.
Applying to Multiple Programs
Recommendations must be submitted online by your recommendation provider for each program of study to which you make application for admission.
Sometimes, depending on the type of computer and browser a person is using, the online recommendation submission process does not work. In these cases, you can suggest that the recommendation provider try to access the system using Internet Explorer.