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


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 Dec 6 '15 at 17:12
  • I see no reason why it wouldn't :-) – tonysdg Dec 6 '15 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. – Patricia Shanahan Dec 6 '15 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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