Pursuing Masters from a top-notch institute abroad is a dream for most of the ambitious students. LOR is an important aspect of this admission process. It is essentially a major requirement for the admission of postgraduate courses because it is the official document assessing your personality on a whole.

Letter of Recommendation for Masters Students

The format might vary according to the university. Many universities provide a specific template also. Nonetheless, there are mainly three heads of a LOR best suited for Master’s program in any topmost university: the opening part, the content and the closing part.

The opening part must contain the basic details of the students applying for the program and the relationship he shares with the recommender. The tenure of the relationship must be mentioned. The body must contain the specific traits and attributes of the student focusing on the real-life examples. This helps to stand out amidst thousands of applications. The innovation indeed speaks value. The special traits or abilities must also be mentioned in this part. Also the projects, training, researchers and dissertations the student has done so far must be depicted in an objective and qualitative manner. The ending part must consist of an opinion stating a specific reason to recommend the particular student from that particular course in that institute with the details of the recommender.

LOR can be of two types depending upon the requirement and the nature of recommender.

Academic LOR:

This is applicable to the Bachelor or the Master's courses abroad. Every institution demands at least two or three LOR issued by the previous institutes. In case you are applying for the Bachelor's course, it needs to be issued by your high school teacher. For applying in Masters Courses, the professors in your grad school are eligible to issue it.

Professional LOR:

This is specifically applicable for MBA colleges where there is a criteria for work experience needs. And thus the need to submit a LOR from an immediate supervisor is essential.

Whom to choose:

Since mostly LOR is the deciding factor for the final admission for Master’s programs, you need to be extremely cautious while choosing the recommender. Since you are eligible to choose your professors from your graduation school, choose wisely. Don’t approach anyone with whom you have not been able to build that essence of a mutual student teacher relationship. Also, do remember that you need to start preparing for this entire LOR thing quite well in advance of time of the proposed admission date. The main reason is that you must give your professors enough time to write this most crucial part and help you in the rightest way possible. In case you are submitting more than one LOR as demanded by your desired university, make sure that your professors are writing different aspects. Like if one of them writes about your accomplishments like projects, internships and trainings, the other must focus on your abilities and strengths. 

Some basic criteria to look up to while writing a LOR

  • The language should be formal but simple so that it conveys the exact message without any complexity.
  • Usually, these must be written in the official letterhead.
  • It must contain your personality, achievements, experiences, performance, potentials, abilities, strengths and highlight those in a very specific and unique manner
  • These should not be repetitive and should not ditto the entire description is given in your resume
  • Flattering remarks and vague sentences must be voided to create a negative impact about the student.
  • Opinions must be stated in a clear manner.
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