Academics

Can students attend the program part-time?
It is recommended that students attend the Landscape Architecture program on a full-time basis in order to progress through the program within three years. Exceptions have been made due to special student circumstances.

Can students enter the program in January?
It is highly recommended that Landscape Architecture students begin the program during the fall semester. However, students are occasionally admitted for spring semester and have been able to successfully integrate into the program mid-year.
 
What electives can I take?
Students will be provided a list of approved electives when they enter the program. 
 
Do Landscape Architecture students have an opportunity to study abroad?
Yes, landscape architecture students may join architecture and planning students for summer study abroad opportunities and guided international studios and research projects. Previous international trips have included destinations such as Copenhagen, Prague, Oman, Jordan, Chile and Panama.
 
What does the School offer in terms of resources for professional development?
The School offers many opportunities for professional development beyond the classroom. During the spring semester of the first year in the program, students travel to a nearby state with a faculty member to visit important built landscape architecture projects and landscape architecture design firms. Students have an opportunity to tour the design offices, meet the principals and learn more about career opportunities.
 
Each year, the School sponsors Landscape Architecture Shadow Day which matches students with local landscape architecture firms. Students spend a whole or part day in the firm, attending meetings, learning about projects, and seeing what happens behind the scenes in these offices.
 
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) student chapter is actively involved with the state ASLA chapter and brings students and practicing landscape architects together for bi-monthly lunches and educational sessions. As funding permits, the School provides partial support to attend the annual ASLA conference to qualified students.
 
How do I find out about employment opportunities in the field?
The School receives notifications from employers looking to hire MLA graduates and these notices are distributed to students. Contacts made through the Professional Practice Field Study, Shadow Day, and ASLA meetings may turn into employment opportunities. We encourage MLA students to find summer internships during their program and these internships have also lead to jobs. In addition, ASLA maintains a list of opportunities for MLA graduates on their website.
 
Admissions
What at the minimum academic requirements to apply to the program?
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States college or university, or equivalent in a non-US institution of higher learning. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 graded quarter credit hours or last 60 graded semester credit hours is required. The undergraduate degree can be in any field of study. Those applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or a closely-related professional field may apply for advanced standing. In addition, international students must demonstrate English language proficiency.
 
What if my GPA is below 3.0?
Applicants that do not meet the required 3.0 GPA can apply as Graduate Non-Degree Seeking. After completion of 12 consecutive semester units of 500 level courses, and a 3.0 GPA or higher, applicants can apply as graduate degree seeking using their graduate GPA.
 
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
No, applicants to the MLA program are not required to take the GRE.
 
How do I apply to the graduate program?
You can apply at www.grad.arizona.edu. Click on “Apply now”.
 
What is required to apply to the UA Master of Landscape Architecture program?
Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Please pay careful attention to the procedures described in the on-line application portal. You can access the on-line application system as many times as necessary to prepare your application up until the time you formally submit your materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. 
 
All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:

Personal Statement: The Applicant Statement of Purpose clearly and concisely delineating your focus or interest, special aptitude or personal characteristics and any other relevant factors related to your career aspirations in the profession of landscape architecture. As well, discuss your reasons for applying to the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of Arizona.

Portfolio: Portfolio materials can be represented by various forms of creative works. Examples include: graphic works, writing expressions, woodwork, designs of outdoor/indoor spaces, photography, sculpture, other forms of artwork, to name just a few.

Transcripts: One complete set of official college transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework (diplomas, titulos). If these original documents are not in English, an official English translation must also be included. Submit these documents directly from the issuing institution to the Graduate College Online Application system. An official document must be submitted before formal admission to the Graduate College will be granted.

Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to provide the names and contact information (email address) of three persons who are in a position to provide a recommendation that addresses your potential for success in a graduate program. A combination of academic and professional recommendations is preferred. As soon as you have entered this information, an automatic email message will be sent to your recommender, explaining what is required and giving him/her instructions on how to log in on our website. On the recommendations site they will be asked to complete a form, and will also be able to upload a letter or type in some text, if they wish to do so.

As an International student, are there additional requirements?
Yes, international students must also provide:
 
Financial Guarantee: Applicants must submit a Financial Guarantee form certifying they have sufficient U.S. funds for their first year of education. If family members are to accompany the student, additional funds are required. If the student receives a fellowship or an assistantship, the amount of the award will constitute part of the financial guarantee.
 
Proof of English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores are required of applicants who speak English as a second language unless they have completed at least two years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 graded semester hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 graded semester hours of graduate work. If the student has been residing outside the English speaking country for more than 2 years since completing studies and earning a degree, he or she will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admissions process. TOEFL results are valid for two years only. Only scores of 79 or greater on the TOEFL and 7 or greater on the ILETS are acceptable. The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at The University of Arizona offers full-time English-language training for students who have not attained an acceptable score on their TOEFL. 

What are the application deadlines?

Most students enter the program in the Fall semester, although we accept applications throughout the year and can admit students for the Spring semester. 

Domestic Applicants (US Citizen, Permanent Resident of the US at time of application, or hold Refugee, Asylee, or Jay Treaty status):

  • The application deadline for priority consideration for domestic applicants is January 1st but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date.
  • Applicants who apply by the January 1st deadline are given priority consideration both for admission and financial aid.
  • The application deadline for Spring semester admission is October 1st

International Applicants (all those who do not meet conditions of Domestic Applicant):

  • The application deadline for international students is September 1st.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the application process?
Contact the graduate coordinator, Amy Moraga, at amoraga@email.arizona.edu, or 520-621-9819.

 
Costs to Attend and Financial Aid

What are the tuition and fees to attend the MLA program?
Current tuition and fees can be found here

In addition, the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture has a $1500 per semester program fee. 
 
What type of scholarships and financial aid are available?
  • We offer Graduate Tuition Scholarships for eligible first year students. 
  • The University of Arizona and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture have an array of scholarships available to qualified students. Awards are based on need, merit, program, class year, and/or other specifications. Students can apply for scholarships through Scholarship Universe.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply for federal financial aid through Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information. 
 
Miscellaneous
Am I required to have my own computer or are there computers available for use?
There are computers available in the studio and computer lab, however, they are often used for courses. It is strongly recommended that you bring your own laptop computer to campus. Personal computers must meet specific computer requirements in order to run the necessary software.
 
I would like to arrange for a visit to campus. How do I make these arrangements?
Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Amy Moraga, at amoraga@email.arizona.edu, or at 520-621-9819. She can arrange a tour of our facilities and set up meetings with faculty and students in the planning program.
 
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