Masters Admissions: Recommendation Letters

We require a minimum of two original letters of recommendation. We generally prefer academic letters; however, professional letters of recommendation are acceptable in the case of an applicant who has been away from student status for more than two years. Academic recommendation letters should be written by university instructors who have taught the applicant in one or more classes, or have another basis for knowing well the applicant’s academic aptitude.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have their recommendation letters submitted through the online application system.  However, it is also acceptable to have the letters mailed to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in hard copy.

Recommenders must either submit an online recommendation or a paper recommendation. They cannot be emailed or faxed. Recommenders can only submit recommendations online if the applicants submits an application online. Applicants may collect all recommendation letters in which the recommender gave them to the applicant in sealed envelopes and then send them in a single packet or they can have their recommenders mail the letters individually.  Letters of recommendation sent from university or college career services are acceptable. Your recommender can submit a letter of recommendation without the form; however, your full name, date of birth, and the department to which you are applying should be present on each page of the recommendation letter. This will ensure that the recommendation is matched with your application. However we encourage applicants to ask their recommenders to fill out the recommendation form for ease and clarity of processing your application.

Please do not send any materials directly to the Economics Department. All admissions materials should be sent to:

Graduate School of Arts Sciences
GRS Admissions Office
Boston University
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 112
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Tel. 617-353-2696
Fax 617-358-0540