Executive MBA

Letters of Recommendation

We ask that all applicants submit two letters of recommendation. These letters provide the Admissions Committee with additional information about your accomplishments, personal character, and potential for success in a graduate business program.

The Admissions Committee requires that one of your two letters come from a current supervisor or manager. The remaining letter may come from (but is not limited to) a professional colleague, a faculty member, or a business partner.


The letter of recommendation form is available electronically through the online application system in the "Letters of Recommendation" section. Once you access that system, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. They will then get an email message providing them with the link to the online form.

Chicago Booth recognizes that your recommenders are very busy people and as a result we have provided some targeted topics and questions for them to focus on to help both us and them get the most out of their recommendation.

Your recommenders will be asked to measure your skills in each of the following areas:

  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills
  • Takes time to understand and listen to others
  • Demonstrates awareness of self and others
  • Open to feedback and constructive criticism
  • Displays initiative and self-motivation
  • Shows intellectual curiosity 
  • Demonstrates confidence
  • Makes the most out of situations, whether good or bad

Your recommenders will also be asked to provide answers to each of the following 5 requests:

  1. Please assess the applicant’s intellectual strength, judgment and creativity.
  2. Please assess the applicant’s ability to work effectively in groups.
  3. Please assess the applicant’s potential for assuming major management responsibilities.
  4. Please assess any professional limitations or areas of weakness in the applicant.
  5. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about the candidate in order to help us evaluate their candidacy?