LettersOn our website, we state that degree applications should be accompanied by three official letters of recommendation.

You’ll find details regarding the submission of recommendations within the online application.

I’ll also provide an overview here.

Who should provide letters of recommendation?

Your letters should come from a) supervisors who know your professional work or b) faculty who know your academic abilities. A mix of the two is best.

Avoid letters from friends, family and personal colleagues – we already know they’re your biggest cheerleaders!

How should your providers submit their letters?

We prefer that recommendation providers submit through the online application, but paper letters sent officially are also accepted (including those from your university’s letter service).

If your provider submits on paper, they should place their completed letter in an envelope, seal and sign their name across that seal, and postal mail the document to Admissions Services. Your university letter service should send their packet to the same address.

What information do you need to provide?

Regardless how your providers choose to submit, you’ll need to enter the following into the “Recommendations” section of the online application:

  • provider’s name
  • contact information
  • whether you’ll  waive the right to view the letter
  • whether the provider will submit on or offline.  

As soon as soon as you click save, your online providers will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendation.

What does it mean when you waive the right to view your recommendation?

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students have the right to access to their education records, including letters of recommendation. You may, however, waive your right to see letters of recommendation, allowing your providers to write and submit evaluations confidentially.  Signing this waiver is not required as a condition for admission, financial aid or any other service or benefit from the School of Public Health.

Some final recommendations (pun intended)

Remember, letters of recommendation should be received before the application deadline. Request your letters well in advance of your program’s deadline and follow up with your providers to make sure the letters were submitted.

Best wishes!