I am applying for MS/PhD in Petroleum Engineering. My dilemma is that my academic project is under a non-PhD faculty member. She is currently undergoing PhD. Would it be wise to take LOR from her? I am thinking of applying to MS because my LOR's wont be strong enough for PhD in my opinion. Suggestions please


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If you've been working on research with her, then it should be fine. It's akin to asking a boss in industry to write a LoR for you if you were applying for an MS/PhD after several years in industry.

Additionally, most programs ask for at least 2 LoRs, so just make sure the second one is from a PhD-holding faculty member.

  • Thanx a lot, Would it work even if I am applying for a PhD program?
    – shivam
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 17:12
  • I see no reason why it wouldn't :-)
    – tonysdg
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 17:19
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    I got into a PhD program with three industry LoR's. At most one of the writers had a PhD. Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 17:20

When it comes to graduate school applications the fact that your reccomendation is from a faculty member is orders of magnitude more important than their credentials. (unless they are a undisputed leader in a field, then credentials might matter, but not negatively.)

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