Applicants applying for programs that require letters of recommendation must submit the proper number of letters of recommendation as indicated in the program's application requirements and in the Graduate Bulletin. Additionally, all applicants applying for merit-based financial aid (assistantships, scholarships, fellowships) must submit three letters of recommendation to the Graduate School, whether or not the program requires such letters.
It is preferable for letters of recommendation to be submitted via the online application system. (To apply, click here.)
Letters of recommendation that are submitted offline (i.e., by regular mail or hand-delivered) should be in a signed and sealed envelope from the author.
Letters should comment on the applicant's past academic record and potential for future success. Ideally, letters will be written by professors who have had you in class. In cases where that becomes impractical, letters from employers and character references can suffice. For international students, letters of recommendation are especially preferred from professors or administrators of the applicant's educational institutions.
There are some programs (Counseling, Counseling Psychology, and some Nursing programs) that require a recommendation form to be filled out instead of or in addition to a letter of recommendation. Check your program of interest's application requirements for details.