Sample Letter of Recommendation - MBA Applicant

Free Sample Recommendation Letter

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Types of Recommendation Letters

MBA applicants need to present at least one recommendation letter to admissions committees. There are several types of recommendations that you can present. For example, your letter could focus on your academic record. Or you could submit a recommendation from a former employer that focuses on your work ethic or professional accomplishments. 

Choosing a Letter Writer

The key is to choose a letter writer that is familiar with you.

Many MBA applicants choose an employer or direct supervisor who can discuss their work ethic, leadership experience, or professional achievements. Get more tips on choosing a recommender.

Sample MBA Recommendation

Here is a sample recommendation for an MBA applicant. This letter was written by a supervisor for her direct assistant. The letter highlights the student's stong work performance and leadership ability. These traits are important for MBA applicants, who must be able to perform under pressure, work hard, and lead discussions, groups, and projects while enrolled in a program. The claims made in the letter are also supported with very specific examples, which can really help to demonstrate the points the letter writer is trying to make.


To Whom it May Concern:

I would like to recommend Becky James for your MBA program. Becky has worked as my assistant for the last three years. During that time, she has been building toward her goal of enrolling in an MBA program by building her interpersonal skills, honing her leadership ability, and gaining hands-on experience in operations management.


As Becky's direct supervisor, I have seen her demonstrate strong critical thinking skills and the leadership capabilities necessary for success in the management field. She has helped our company achieve many goals through her valuable input as well as a persistent dedication to our organizational strategy.

For example, just this year Becky helped to analyze our production schedule and suggested an effective plan to manage bottlenecks in our production process. Her contributions helped us achieve our goal of minimizing scheduled and unscheduled downtime. 

Becky may be my assistant, but she has risen to an unofficial leadership role. When team members in our department aren't sure what to do in a give situation, they often turn to Becky for her thoughtful advice and support on various projects. Becky never fails to assist them. She is kind, humble, and seems very comfortable in a leadership role. 

For these reasons, and many others, I highly recommend Becky James as a candidate for your MBA program. If you have any questions regarding Becky or this recommendation, please contact me.


Allen Barry

Operations Manager, Tri-State Widget Productions



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