MS in Technology Management Application Advice

In a previous post we gave tips on the application process and essay but I wanted to also talk about tips for your letters of recommendation. Yes, most masters in cyber security and technology management masters degree programs require you to provide letters of recommendation. These are an important part of the application as it gives us a sense of who you are from those you’ve worked with in a professional capacity.

After reviewing hundreds of ms in cyber security and ms in technology management applications, there are some clear pieces of advice I can give when it comes to letters of recommendation.

  1. Don’t get recommendations from relatives, longtime friends, acquaintances, or your parent’s friends. We want to hear from people who have known you in a professional capacity and can speak to your skills sets, motivation, and work ethic.
  2. Make sure your recommenders aren’t blindsided by the request—especially if it is coming directly from a university’s application system. Give them a heads up; ask if they’d be willing to write a letter in your behalf. Tell them about the degree you’re planning to pursue and your interest in that field.
  3. Don’t wait until the last minute. Be sure to give your recommenders at least four weeks to respond. You may need to do a little gentle follow up if they haven’t.
  4. Like your mother always told you, don’t forget the thank you. Once the recommendation is in, a short note of thanks is always a nice touch.

Just remember, this gives a glimpse of you as a professional from your professional colleagues. We know your friends and family have nice things to say about you but we want to know what your colleagues and supervisors have to say. All aspects of your MS in cyber security and MS in technology management applications are important including the letters of recommendation.

Be sure to check back as we add more tips related to the application process.


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Janet Palmisano

Janet Palmisano is a member of the Recruiting and Admissions team at the George Mason University School of Business.

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