Recommendation Letters

In order to apply for admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must supply three electronic letters of recommendation. The letters must be written in English and come from faculty members or other individuals well acquainted with the applicant's academic work.

Applicants to the Woodrow Wilson School M.P.A. and M.P.P. programs must have one professional letter in addition to one academic reference letter. The third letter should come from a faculty member, administrator, or professional who can comment on commitment to public service.

For applicants to the Master in Finance degree program, three letters are required, however, the department will accept one of the letters from a current or former employer. 

The letters of recommendation must be submitted using our electronic recommendation service as part of the admission application. The applicant will be required to register the recommenders' email addresses within the application. Recommenders will then receive an email with directions on how to proceed. We suggest registering recommenders as early as possible to allow sufficient time for them to submit their letters of recommendation. An application does not need to be submitted in order to register recommenders. Please do not wait to submit an application because of pending letters.

If a recommender uses a letter service (e.g., Interfolio) the applicant will need to provide the recommender's unique "document email address" in the application. The Graduate Admission team suggests that the applicant confirms with the letter service that the requested letters were submitted.

For more details on how to manage recommenders, please visit the checklist page.

If a recommender has used the CollegeNET application system previously, he or she will simply log in with the password he or she created. If the recommender has forgotten his or her password, he or she can request a new one by clicking the link in the email received and selecting "Request a New Password". For further assistance, email