Who should I ask to write me a reference?

Professional references

The One-Year Master’s Programmes require:

  • Two professional references (mandatory) for the Master in Public Affairs et le Master in Advanced Global Studies.
  • One professional reference (one mandatory, two recommended) for the masters of the School of Management and Innovation. 

Academic references

You also have the opportunity to send academic references.

Your referee may be a teacher, academic advisor, or hierarchical superior with whom you have worked closely with and who will be able to assess your achievements and potential. Never a personal acquaintance. Choose with the utmost care as references play a vital role in the evaluation process.

Things to know about academic/professional references

The references supplied in the application form are very important documents for us; you should therefore take the utmost care when choosing your referee. Do not choose someone only because of their title or position. What matters most is that you choose someone who knows you well and who can evaluate your skills and personal qualities.

The chosen referees must have assessed you academically (written work in particular) and must be able to evaluate you in an impartial and precise manner. Please note that referees must be teachers or hierarchical superiors and not personal acquaintances.

If your referees are teachers, choose those who have taught the main disciplines you have studied or disciplines that are taught at Sciences Po. Do not choose language teachers, as indications of your language level are provided elsewhere in your application. If you have been enrolled in several institutions in the last two years, it is recommended to choose referees from each one of them.

Make sure that the person you have chosen is prompt to give a positive reference. Take the time to meet them in order to explain the reasons and motivation behind your choice. Take this time to remind them of the strong elements of your personality, interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and/or of your experience that you would like them to highlight.

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