You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
This recommendation form is for the USC Marshall MBA 2015-16 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.
USC Marshall requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.
Two letters of recommendation are required. They are used as a gauge of your professional achievements and managerial and leadership potential. We prefer that one of your letters of recommendation be provided by a direct supervisor. This person should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. Your letters of recommendation must be submitted online.
– USC Marshall 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 USC Marshall 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 USC Marshall application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Tuck’s online recommendation form.
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I USC Marshall MBA Letter of Recommendation
USC Marshall asks recommenders to respond to the following questions directly in the online form. Be aware that the character limit needs to be respected. Answers will be truncated after 500 characters.
Against which group are you comparing the applicant? (500 character limit)
In what capacity have you known the applicant? (500 character limit)
How long have you known the applicant? (500 character limit)
What do you consider the applicant’s most outstanding talents or characteristics? (500 character limit)
What are the applicant’s areas for growth? (500 character limit)
USC Marshall gives recommenders the option of uploading a letter of recommendation in PDF or Word format. Your recommender may wish to upload a letter that touches on topics not covered by the questions in the online form or they may wish to expand on your talents or outstanding characteristics. While the letter is optional, most recommenders will choose to upload one.
If you wish to include additional comments concerning the applicant’s aptitude for advanced study, please draft and submit your letter using the Upload Document button.
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II Notable USC Marshall MBA Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions USC Marshall asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) there are no notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
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III USC Marshal MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid
Completion of this section is not required for submission of your recommendation. If you wish, you may skip this section and proceed to the the next, where you can upload your own letter of recommendation.
Although the Assessment is optional, most recommenders will choose to fill it out. The USC Marshall assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following seven responses:
- Exceptional (Top 2%)
- Superior (Top 5%)
- Excellent (Top 15%)
- Above average (Top 25%)
- Average (Top 50%)
- Below average (Lower 50%)
- Inadequate opportunity to observe
The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:
- Ability to work with others
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
- Demonstrated Leadership
- Intellectual Capacity
- Interpersonal Relations (Including respect for others’ differences)
- Potential as a Researcher (for Ph.D. applicants only) – Marshall uses a common recommendation form for several programs
- Potential as a Teacher (for Ph.D. applicants only) – Marshall uses a common recommendation form for several programs