Recently I finished my Masters. My relationship with my thesis supervisor is very bad. He is a professor. I am very disappointed with his mentoring. He is very lazy and always kept himself busy with work other than research. I expressed my dissatisfaction to him directly. That made him furious at me. I have planned to pursue my Masters degree at a university in North America. Three reference letters are required. I don't want my thesis supervisor as a referee. Other faculty members in our department have agreed to refer me. But will it affect my admissions chances negatively if I don't submit a reference letter from my thesis supervisor?

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It will look a bit weird, yes. And the other faculty members in your department probably do not know you as well as your thesis supervisor, so their letters of recommendation will not be very specific. But I've never seen this be reason for an immediate rejection, which means you can make up for it in the rest of your application.

Probably an unnecessary tip, but: don't express your dissatisfaction with your supervisor in your applications.

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    I found few teachers 3 years in my undergraduate and graduate level. They know me very well. Those teachers are good at research and their profile are also good. Will their good profile compensate?
    – user76020
    Apr 5, 2018 at 11:58
  • Unluckily as my supervisor didn't allocate me time for consulting (he only gave me a topic), he knows my strength and weakness less than my other teachers.
    – user76020
    Apr 5, 2018 at 12:05
  • I have wasted a lot of time working with this supervisor. I don't want to waste any more time to mend the relationship with this bad supervisor.
    – user76020
    Apr 5, 2018 at 12:14

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