Obtaining Letters of Recommendation
In the normal case, the department strongly recommends that applicants to our clinical graduate programs solicit letters of recommendation from three academic faculty members. Ideally, at least two of these letters should be from faculty in speech, language, or hearing sciences or a closely related field, or from two such faculty members and a clinical practitioner who has supervised your work or volunteer activities for a significant period. If you are only able to obtain two letters from academic faculty or clinical supervisors, a third letter from a person for whom you have worked for at least a year in a closely supervised non-clinical position may be acceptable. At a minimum, all referees should know you well enough to attest to your academic abilities and potential to excel in a clinical graduate program, and at least two of them should be familiar with the demands of graduate study, ideally, with the demands of clinical graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.
The department recommends that you do not solicit letters from individuals whose primary qualification is that they are your neighbors, family friends, clergypersons, or employers (except as described above).