When I apply for the admission to the graduate school in America, I need to provide the "Recommendation Provider" in the online system.

  • What should I write when I am asked "relationship to you"?
  • Are there any specific group of words for such relationship?
  • Is "teacher-student" a proper word?
  • What if the professor is not only my teacher but also the thesis adviser? How should I write the relationship?
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    Generally applications are asking how the person is related to you but not how the two of you are related. So you would write "professor", for instance, but not "professor-student". Nov 14, 2011 at 4:40

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"Professor" is his relationship to you. "Professor & thesis adviser", or "Professor/Adviser" would cover the rest.

I don't know of a better word, unless you are looking for something like "mentor". That might be helpful if you were writing a recommendation for him, but not so much for you.


Strictly speaking, the name of the relationship would be something like:

  • Tutelage
  • Mentorship
  • Apprenticeship
  • Guidance
  • Instruction, etc.

However, when asked for their "relationship to you", you are expected to only give their title or role such as "professor" or "thesis advisor".