Letters of Recommendation

    Selecting Recommenders

    Your letters of recommendation should come from people who have had recent significant professional interaction with you. Choose your recommenders carefully, and give them plenty of time to write a thoughtful letter (ideally 3-6 weeks ahead of the deadline).

    We require two letters of recommendation. We prefer that one letter be submitted from your current direct supervisor and the other from a former supervisor, or other individuals who have overseen your work and with whom you have had significant professional interaction.

    You will be required to explain who you chose for your recommendations and why, including when you worked with your recommender and the context of your professional relationship, in the Supplemental Information section of the online application.

    Choose individuals who know you well and who will take the time to write thorough and thoughtful letters on your behalf. Their title or status is not important. What does matter is how closely they have worked with you and whether they can attest to your value as an employee, your professional accomplishments, and your personal qualities.

    We find the most helpful letters to be recent, relevant, and written specifically for the Berkeley MBA application. We strongly discourage letters of recommendation from co-workers, subordinates, business partners, professors, family, or friends.

    You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted prior to the application deadline. Do not draft or write your own letter of recommendation, even if asked to do so by your recommender, as this can result in denial of your application or withdrawal of an offer of admission. We strongly discourage you from submitting more than two letters of recommendation.

    Submitting Letters of Recommendation

    We strongly encourage your recommenders to submit letters via the online recommendation form. As part of completing the online application, you will provide email addresses for recommenders and indicate that they will be submitting their recommendations online. This will generate an email to them providing access to the online recommendation form. After a recommender submits a letter, both of you will receive email confirmation.

    If you wish to give your recommenders hard copy forms to print, complete, and mail, you may download the same recommendation form (PDF). Please review the submission instructions at the top of the form prior to sending it to your recommender.