You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
This recommendation form is for the Columbia 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 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.
Columbia requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.
All first-time applications require two recommendations. Reapplicants are required to submit one new recommendation. If you have been working full-time for at least six months, one recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can share their insights on your candidacy.
If you are a college senior or have worked full-time for fewer than six months, at least one, but preferably both, of your recommendations should be from a person who can comment on your managerial abilities. You may ask a summer employer or another person whom you feel can objectively assess your professional promise. The second recommendation may be from a college professor.
– Columbia Adcom
Before you ask someone for a recommendation it’s best to understand what types of questions the school will put to them. Asking the CEO of your company for a recommendation may be tempting, but will he/she be able to convincingly convey your strengths and weaknesses to the Columbia Admissions Committee? The best recommenders are those that have observed you interacting with others on a regular basis.
After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Columbia application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Columbia’s online recommendation form.
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I Columbia MBA Letter of Recommendation
Thank you for your willingness to recommend a candidate to Columbia Business School. Your recommendation adds vital perspective to the admissions process. Please consider the following guidelines when writing your recommendation. Please limit your recommendation to 1000 words. Upload a Word or PDF document.
Columbia asks your recommender to upload their recommendation document to the online form. Questions 1 and 2 should not add up to more than 1000 words.
How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples.
Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.
II Notable Columbia MBA Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions Columbia asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
- Do you have an MBA?
III Columbia MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid
Unlike most MBA programs, Columbia does not ask recommenders to fill out an assessment grid.