Letters of Reference for the Stanford MSx Application

Qualitative accounts of your skills, abilities, and characteristics that contribute to your success as a leader are essential to our evaluation.

As such, we require two letters of reference for all applicants to the Stanford MSx Program.

Choosing Your Recommenders

Your recommenders will be asked to assess you on some competencies and character traits that contribute to successful leadership, and answer four questions.

You should choose individuals who:

  • Have had significant direct involvement with you within the last few years.
  • Know you well and can provide details and examples that support their assertions.
  • Is a C-Suite or top-level executive, who make the most significant decisions regarding a company’s direction.
  • Are truly enthusiastic about writing a recommendation for you and will devote the necessary time and thought to complete the recommendation form.

If you are sponsored by an organization, your two letters must include:

  • One reference from the chief executive officer (or a designee) of your sponsoring organization.
  • One reference from individuals who have been directly responsible for evaluating your managerial performance and potential.

Submitting Letters of Reference

Your recommenders are required to submit their letters through the online application by the deadline of the round in which you apply. You are responsible for ensuring that the letters are submitted on time. You will be able to see the status activity of each letter (either notified, started or submitted) and also will be able to send each recommender a reminder.

  1. Register your recommenders. Go to the “Letters of Reference” tab on the application, and enter each recommender’s personal information carefully. It is essential that you enter the recommender’s email address correctly so that your recommender can access the instructions and form. Read the waiver statement and determine whether or not you will waive your right to review each recommendation.
  2. Your recommender receives an email with log in information.
  3. Your recommender completes and submits his/her recommendation.
  4. You and your recommender receive an email confirming the recommendation has been submitted.

Do not email, mail, or fax letters of recommendation. All letters of recommendation must be submitted online.

Waiving Your FERPA Access Rights

Once you are an enrolled student, the Family Educational Rights, and Privacy Act of 1974 provides you with a right of access to your education record, including letters of reference if they are retained by the school. The law also permits you to waive that right of access to your letters of reference if you so choose. Waiving your right of access to your letters of reference is optional; your decision to waive or retain that right will have no bearing on the handling of your application.

The recommenders whom you notify will be able to see whether or not you have waived your FERPA right of access during the letter of reference submission process. You must waive or retain your rights of access to your letters of reference (using the online application system) before you invite recommenders to submit information for you.