You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
This recommendation form is for the UCLA Anderson MBA 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2016-17 application season. When the 2016-17 application goes live (summer 2016) the download file and this page will be updated.
UCLA Anderson requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations. Reapplicants must submit one new letter of recommendation. Recommenders are asked to copy and paste their answers to three recommendation questions directly in the online form. In addition, recommenders can upload a Word or PDF document if they ‘have a separate document that addresses points not covered above’. This is entirely optional.
Your direct supervisor is the best recommender, or other managers who know your work well and can make a good case for you. Peers and family members are not appropriate as recommenders.
– UCLA Anderson Adcom
As Anderson mentions, they’d like to see one recommendation from your direct supervisor but if you haven’t approached your supervisor about an executive MBA program, consider leaders within your organization who can appropriately identify your strengths and weaknesses. A common myth is to have the most senior individual at an organization complete the recommendation. In reality, obtaining a recommendation from someone who can share broad themes coupled with specific work examples is most advantageous.
After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Anderson application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Anderson’s online recommendation form.
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I UCLA Anderson EMBA Letter of Recommendation
Anderson provides a space in the online form where recommenders must copy and paste their answers to the following three questions. In addition if the recommender would (optionally) like to upload or copy and paste a document that addresses additional point, he/she may do so. There is a 1,000 character limit on each question (1,000 characters = 200 words approximately).
How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (1,000 character limit)
Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (1,000 character limit)
In UCLA Anderson’s school culture we share success, drive change and think fearlessly. Please give examples where the applicant exhibited any or all of these. (1,000 character limit)
Recommendation Letter | Optional: If you have a separate document that addresses points not covered in the above three questions, please feel free to upload it here or copy and paste the document in the online form.
II Notable UCLA Anderson EMBA Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions Anderson asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
- Based on your professional experience, how do you rate this candidate compared to his/her peer group?
- Below average
- Very good (well above average)
- Excellent (top 10%)
- Outstanding (top 5%)
- The best encountered in my career
- I do not recommend
- I recommend with reservations
- I recommend this candidate to UCLA Anderson
III UCLA Anderson EMBA Recommendation Assessment Grid
Please choose the phrase that best describes the applicant in each area:
Influence and Collaboration
Respect for Others