Master of Landscape Architecture | Admission Requirements
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at the University of Arizona addresses the professional needs of individuals with a design background interested in advanced study as well as those without a formal design education or work experience interested in a change in their career focus. The MLA program encourages applications from the broadest range of backgrounds and strives to eliminate bias and ensure equity. The faculty is committed to providing the best possible educational experience for mature students who are committed to pursue a career in landscape architecture.
Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate College and School of Landscape Architecture and Planning eligibility requirements, including the following:
- 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 3.2 in the last 90 graded quarter credit hours or last 60 graded semester credit hours.
- A minimum TOEFL score of 600 for international students (see application for International Applicants for exceptions).
- Test of Spoken English for non-native speakers, or interview with school Director.
The admission process is based on a competitive analysis of the applicants in any given year with priority given to those whose apparent abilities, as determined by the School's MLA Admission Committee, will enable them to complete the program in a timely fashion, attain a high level of academic and professional achievement and make significant contributions to society through private, public or academic practice.
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. The application fee is $85 for domestic applicants, $95 for international applicants. Applications will 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; Three written letters of recommendation from persons who can comprehensively evaluate your record and potential for success in the graduate program in the School of Landscape Architecture (no official form required).
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- 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.
- Portfolio: Upload multiple images in a PDF document. Portfolio materials can be represented by various forms of creative works, including graphic works, writing expressions, woodwork, designs of outdoor/indoor spaces, photography, sculpture, other forms of artwork, to name just a few. Sample portfolio images are available on our website.
- 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.
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 academic years of full-time study or have received a Bachelor's or higher degree at a postsecondary academic institution in which English is the spoken tongue and medium of instruction. TOEFL results are valid for two years only. Only scores of 573 or 233 CBT or 79 iBT or greater 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.
The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning is accepting applications.
Notification of selection will normally be made by March 15th. Students accepted to enter our program in the fall cannot defer admission to the following academic year; they must reapply for consideration. University application materials and instructions and Graduate College eligibility criteria are available online through the Graduate College website.