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Emory / Goizueta MBA Recommendation Questions

Emory Goizueta MBA

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School requires two letters of professional recommendation to be submitted with the MBA application. At least one recommendation should come from a current direct supervisor, project manager, or client. Recommenders may submit a letter in addition to the online form. The Emory MBA recommendation questions for the current admissions season are as follows.

2022-2023 Emory / Goizueta MBA Recommendation Questions


Section 1: Recommender Information

Section 2: Evaluation

How long have you known the applicant?

In what capacity do you know the applicant?


emory mba recommendation questions

Recommenders are asked to appraise the applicant on 11 attributes using the following scale:

  • Exceptional (top 5%)
  • Very Good (top 15%)
  • Above Average (top 50%)
  • Average (at 50%)
  • Below Average (bottom 50%)
  • Unable to Assess


  • Intellectual ability
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Ability to work with others
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Leadership/managerial potential
  • Analytical ability
  • Judgment
  • Overall rating


Section 3: Short Answer Questions
Please indicate to which group you are comparing this candidate (e.g., co-worker, MBA graduate, etc.) (100-word maximum).
What characteristics or attributes best describe the applicant? (150-word maximum).
In what area is the applicant most exceptional? (150-word maximum).
In what area(s) does the applicant need improvement? Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and response to constructive feedback. (150-word maximum).
How would you describe the applicant’s interpersonal skills and the impression they make in meetings, presentations, or other interactions? Is the applicant effective when working in a team? (150-word maximum).

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