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Sample letters of recommendation for MBA aspirants

This article examines the sample recommendation letters that students applying for MBA programs can refer.

Mahesh Ramani

Over the past decade, the MBA has become a popular course of choice among Indian students planning to go abroad for higher studies. An MBA is seen as a sure-shot way to secure a good job.

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In the previous article in this series we looked at sample letters of recommendation written for students to studying an MS course abroad. In this article we will look at sample letters of recommendation written for students aspiring to study an MBA.

Over the past decade the MBA has become an extremely popular course of choice among Indian students planning to go abroad for higher studies. An MBA is seen as a sure-shot way to secure a good, stable, well-paying job in finance, banking, insurance or mid-management. In countries like India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh an MBA from a reputed international business school is considered a favourable aspect by job-recruiters.

Sample 1: A letter of recommendation written by a professor for a student aspiring to study an MBA at the Melbourne Business School.

October 15, 2012,


Dear Steve,


I am Praful Sengupta - Professor - Department of Mathematics - Nazrul Islam College, Dhaka. I am writing this letter to recommend my student Tamim Ali for a place on the MBA program offered by the Melbourne Business School.

Tamim has completed his BSc in Mathematics with an aggregate score of 74%. He is a hard-working student and has good communication skills. He is a good orator as well and part of the College Debating Club and has won numerous oratorical competitions. He aspires to study an MBA in Australia and the Melbourne Business School is his first choice.

Tamim has been an exemplary student and plans to set up his own data-management company one day providing employment to people in Dhaka. I wish him all the very best for his academic pursuits and would like to recommend him for a place on the Melbourne Business School MBA program.

Please feel free to contact me in case of any queries and I hope Tamim gets to study his preferred course.

Thanking you.

Yours truly,

Praful Sengupta

Professor - Department of Mathematics

Nazrul Islam College - Dhaka - 1362

Phone - (88) - 028891253

Email -


Sample 2: A letter of recommendation written by the manager of a company for an employee who wishes to pursue an MBA at the Harvard Business School.

October 15, 


Dear Admissions Team,

Greetings from Satva Infotech!

I am Ravi Wickeramasinghe - HR Manager - Satva Infotech, Colombo. I am using this letter to recommend one of my most hard-working employees - Carlos Perera a place on the MBA at Harvard Business School.

Carlos is a student of Sri Lanka’s prestigious National Institute of Business Management. He completed his B.Sc. in Business Management with excellent academic ratings and joined Satva Infotech three years ago. Carlos started as a management intern and has steadily progressed to work as recruitment specialist at Satva. He has been instrumental in recruiting IT and non-IT professionals for the company’s branches in Colombo and Manila.

Carlos is a team-player and extremely self-motivated always helping others and ensuring that the concerns raised by employees are addressed with care. An excellent motivational-speaker he regularly conducts training sessions for employees on topics ranging from time-management, email-writing, corporate etiquette, etc. Carlos aspires to complete an MBA from Harvard with a specialisation in human resources management. His ambition is to start a recruitment services company catering to companies in India and Sri Lanka.

I would like to conclude by wishing Carlos all the very best in his academic pursuits and I hope he will get selected and study at the prestigious Harvard Business School. Please write to me in case of any queries or clarifications.

Thanking you.


Ravi Wickeramasinghe,

HR Manager - Satva Infotech,

27, Reunion Street,

Colombo - 3.

Phone - 94-11-254-7458

Email - 


Now that we have examined some sample letters of recommendation by subject and course-type; the next article in this series will look at the major points to be kept in mind while drafting a letter of recommendation. 


Please note that the names of students, referees, companies, designations, phone numbers and email addresses used in the letters are completely fictitious and any resemblance to any actual person or email address is purely coincidental.


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