Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) - Graduate Programs Recommendation Form

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In accordance with the Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA), this letter of recommendation may be viewed by the applicant as part of the admission file, post-matriculation or at the discretion of the department, unless a waiver is signed.  You may contact the Office of Admission, Graduate Programs, to find out if the applicant has waived their right to access this recommendation, if admitted and matriculated.  You may email:

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PLU Graduate and Certificate Program Recommender Guidelines

Creative Writing

Rainier Writing Workshop, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Recommendation can include comments as to the applicant's ability to work independently, complete high quality creative and academic work, and to the candidate's character.


Master of Arts in Education and Certificate programs

Recommendation can include comments detailing your experience with the candidate to include:  the length of time you've known the candidate, their strengths and weaknesses, and your overall impression of the candidate.  If you are speaking about their work with young people, please provide specific examples.

Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Recommendation can include comments as to how the applicant is suited to a career in couple and family therapy and how applicant has demonstrated a commitment and passion for helping others in culturally competent ways.


Master of Science in Nursing

MSN graduates will be providing direct patient care and assuming leadership responsibilities in a complex health system.  What are the applicant's strengths and weaknesses as you see them?  How does the applicant deal with conflict, accept feedback and work as a team member? Recommendation can also include comments as to the applicant's emotional maturity, intellectual abilities, communication skills (written and verbal), leadership skills, and interpersonal skills. (You do not have to touch on all of these points, but please comment on those you feel are significant to your evaluation of the applicant.) Most importantly, describe your overall assessment of this candidate.

Please indicate your evaluation of the applicant by checking the appropriate rating:


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