Master of Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

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In a world of complex social and environmental challenges, our Master of Landscape Architecture positions you to be a leader in creative, design-based problem solving.

The three-year, STEM-designated MLA prepares students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds for the practice of landscape architecture through engagement in applied scholarship with an emphasis on sustainable design strategies.

We employ real-world learning experiences that enable you to meet the most critical design challenges of the built environment.

Our MLA program is fully accredited through the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MLA program can enter into fields such as:

  • Designing public and private outdoor places 
  • Green Infrastructure and landscape performance
  • Urban planning
  • Natural and cultural resource conservation and management
  • Design implementation and construction management
  • Applied design research

You’ll graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance in the face of climate change, growing urban populations and challenges to social equity.

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I plan to build from my MLA experience to help leverage traditional conservation tactics and funding to transform urban access to wildlife habitat and connected natural areas.

Mario Nuño-Whelan '20 MLA

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Deadline 1: January 16 (for full consideration of college/departmental financial support)
Deadline 2: February 19
Deadline 3: March 15*

After March 15, applications will be considered on a rolling basis depending on program capacity.

* To allow time for I-20 and visa processing, we recommend international applicants meet the March 15 deadline.

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Per semester (7+ units)
$7,369 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $59 university fees

Per semester (7+ units)
$16,996 + $1,500 program fees + $59 university fees

Tuition and fees subject to change.

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The MLA combines a robust studio experience with real-world projects. Most students earn the degree in three years. 

Students with prior training in landscape architecture or architecture may enter the program with advanced standing, shortening their time to a degree.

Students in select undergraduate programs may enter the MLA through the accelerated master’s program.

Award-winning MLA students


Demand for trained landscape architects is high and growing in Arizona and the nation. Graduates can expect to work with allied professionals including architects, ecologists and biologists, historians and anthropologists, engineers and urban planners to design public and private outdoor places.

MLA students

The MLA Student Experience

At CAPLA, students and faculty collaborate on real-world projects that take advantage of Tucson’s unique location in the Sonoran Desert, our Research I and land-grant university status and our state-of-the art, award-winning facilities.

Expect to work with practitioners and local communities on a variety of projects that strengthen your design and professional skills.

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Peace Corps

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The University of Arizona is one of only two universities in the country to offer Coverdell Fellowships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who are enrolled in a graduate landscape architecture program. Coverdell Fellows find a robust Peace Corps community at the university and in Tucson, and many are CAPLA alumni. View more information about the program, including scholarships:

University of Arizona Coverdell Fellowships

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