After graduating for two years, I decided to apply for the Master program. I have prepared essays and scores but now I am stuck with recommendation letters. I have got 2 - one from the current manager and another one from my undergraduate institute. However, I am struggling with one last letter.

I came from a big public school (UC system) and for some reason, a lot of my upper-division classes were taught by instructors, not professors. And unfortunately, at least three of the instructors either left the department or left academia (got into the industry) and I am not exactly sure if I can contact them (even if I could, they are no longer in the department and that might be an issue..).

I have previously contacted one faculty that I have TA(undergraduate IA) for months ago. But that doesn't work due to some complicated issues (the faculty's schedules). My latest research volunteer experiences(short) were 4~5 years ago and it was extremely hard to contact supervisors as well.

Is anyone can give me any suggestions? I am living in another country right now, so visiting the campus is not really feasible. Understanding that Master's program does not care about LORs as much as Ph.D. programs, I am worrying that I couldn't have all the required documents.

  • @Poidah Can you please turn this comment-answer into a full answer? – jakebeal Oct 16 '19 at 1:38

Attempt to contact your previous instructors, wherever they have moved to. At least they know you. Professors and academics move around a lot and their recommendation letters are still valid and respectable. If moving around is a barrier to recommendations and support letters, I think academia will cease to function...

Whatever you are doing now (post-graduation) is likely to be relevant and may be helpful. Any jobs or roles that you have held will support your work especially if they are in the research/writing vein.

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