Letters of Recommendation Requirements and Tips

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic


We recognize that the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to take the GRE or GMAT. Thus, we are making the GRE/GMAT requirement optional for Fall 2021 master's admissions.

If you are not submitting a GRE or GMAT score as part of your application materials, please submit an academic statement that includes a discussion of both your past experiences (work or academic) involving data analysis and the strength of your quantitative analytical skills.

For questions, please contact Melanie Zaremba at mzaremba@msu.edu.

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic

South Kedzie Hall is currently closed to the public. If you are sending materials via FedEx, UPS, etc. please direct them to:

  • 166 Service Road
    c/o Cheryl Mollitor, 403 S. Kedzie Hall
    East Lansing, MI 48824

For questions, please contact Cheryl Mollitor via email at mollitor@msu.edu.

  • You must provide three letters of recommendation. Two letters must be from faculty members or instructors whose classes you have attended, and the third letter can be a professional recommendation from an employer or academic advisor.

  • If you have been out of school for several years and are unable to obtain letters from three former instructors, letters from knowledgeable employers can be used.

  • The purpose of these letters is to provide evidence of your academic potential and promise as a graduate student.

  • You can send electronic requests to your recommenders through the Michigan State University graduate portal. You receive access to this portal after completing the graduate application.

  • Any recommendation letters provided in hard copy must be written on department or business letterhead and be attached to reference reports provided by the school.

    Download reference report form
    Microsoft Word PDF
  • Request your instructor/faculty letters of recommendation as early as possible, as some instructors/faculty members may be busy and take time completing the letters.