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).


What You'll Learn

In the MLA, you’ll learn:

  • Landscape architecture history, theory and criticism
  • Design and design methods
  • Sustainable design strategies and natural processes
  • Socio-cultural factors in design
  • Design implementation
  • Professional communication, documentation and technology
  • Professional practice
  • Research and scholarly methods

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

Landscape architecture students and professor

Curriculum & Courses

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.

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Admissions & Cost

Application Deadlines

FALL 2024
January 31: Priority deadline
March 31: International deadline
May 3: Final deadline

Program Cost

In-state and WRGP tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$6,359 tuition + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees per semester (7+ units):
$16,145 + $1,500 program fees + $835.48 university fees
Subject to change. Learn more about WRGP pricing for out-of-state students from the West.

Award-winning MLA students

Career Outlook

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 in field

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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Header image by MLA team that placed second in the 2020 EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge.