LOR tips for MS studies
Bedasree Das, 27 Feb 2017



LOR for MS - 
Almost all the MS programmes abroad require the applicant to submit Letters of Recommendation (LOR) as part of the application package. A letter of recommendation is a detailed assessment of your potential from the point of view of a third person. It is written in support of the academic transcripts, certificates and statement of purpose presented by the applicant.

 

Most universities offering MS require at least 2 to 3 letters of recommendation. In most cases, the LOR for MS is written by the former teachers of the applicant. However, in case the applicant was previously working, it can also be written by colleagues or managers of the applicant.

 

Here we bring you the best tips to source a letter of recommendation as well as what to include in it.

 

1. Who should write your Letter of recommendation?

The first and foremost thing is to decide who should write your recommendation letter for MS abroad. Most of the universities abroad require 2- 3 recommendation letters for MS courses. Now the question of sourcing your recommendation letters depends on two vital factors: One, whether you were previously working and secondly, what are the general eligibility requirements of the programme you are applying for.

 

In case you don’t have work experience, the only way to source your letter of recommendation is from your professors. If you have had internship experience, you can ask your mentor to write the same for you.

 

However, if you have previous work experience or your programme requires you to have such experience, then sourcing the letter from the workplace is a good option.

 

2. Decide who should write your recommendation letter:

If you haven’t already, you should decide who is the best person to write the letter of recommendation (LOR) for MS for you. Ideally, you should have personal connection with the writer. So, try to build a rapport with the person so that he/she can assess you. In case of students, it is better to ask their teachers and who have previously seen their work. The best way is to approach the teacher beforehand. Don’t wait till the last or take your teacher by surprise about the recommendation letter. The same thing applies for your manager or mentor, too. Make sure you have worked with or under the person you want to write recommendation letter.

 

3. What should the letter include?

Asking people to write your letter of recommendation is just a part of the process. It is very important that you discuss about what all elements you want to present in the LOR for MS. There are two main elements that should be presented in all LORs. First, the referee's relation and personal experience with the applicant and secondly, the potential of the student as seen from the referee’s perspective.

 

The referee can also add experiences that showcase your potential to the admission panel.  It might be a project or classwork. What needs to be highlighted are the qualities of the applicant through these experiences.

 

A letter of recommendation also acts as a proof of the facts presented in the statement of purpose. For example, if you have listed working in a specific project as a validity of your potential, the referee’s perspective on the project can go a long way in making your application strong.

 

Samples:

a. Nancy is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. Her project on (subject) demonstrated her ability to observe things to the last detail and the effects with precision.

b. David worked for (organization name) for 5 years during which he held positions of increasing responsibility. He had, in fact, overseen our sales growth in the (location) by more than 100% percent in three years.  

 

4. Provide information on your application and course:

The referee should be informed of the elements that you have included in your application so that the skills he/she highlights are in sync with your application. Also, it is advisable for the applicant to discuss the requirements of the MS course so that the referee can discuss the said skills sets required by the course. For example, if you are applying for MS in civil engineering, the referee may speak about the projects or classwork that reflect your interest and potential in this field.

 

Samples:

Sameer showed an ability to work with creativity and enthusiasm. He worked very hard and also put in many long hours. I teamed Sameer with another student to work on a project involving (project name and description). The project involved recruiting and testing patients using biomechanical instrumentation and data analysis. Sameer excelled in each one of these areas.

 

5. Highlight lighter and creative aspects:

As with the statement of purpose, the admission panel tries to know more about the applicant through the letter of recommendation for MS. Hence, ask your referees to speak about some lighter aspects of your qualities. It need not be specific to your course but something that will help the admission panel to get a better picture of you. Therefore, he can talk about your qualities in general like discipline, punctuality or your attitude toward work.

 

Samples:

Sara is a disciplined student with a pleasant personality. She went beyond the requirements of the course in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a lot of extra research and attending office hours every week. Throughout the course, Sara demonstrated both perseverance and initiative in her studies and work

 

Download a free sample Letter of recommendation for MS here:

Sample letter of recommendation for MS

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