Master of Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program prepares students for the practice of landscape architecture and engages them in applied scholarship with an emphasis on sustainable strategies.

Students have a hands-on education with a variety of learning projects including community and campus master plans, urban park systems, plazas and green streets, brownfield remediation, habitat creation and neighborhood design.

The MLA program is designed for individuals without prior training in landscape architecture, but students with prior degrees in landscape architecture or architecture can enter the program with advanced standing

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 of Arizona and in Tucson, and many are CAPLA alumni. For more information about the program, including scholarships, visit the University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows site.

Students graduate fully prepared for professional practice, finding internships and employment with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private sector firms locally, nationally, and internationally. Others continue on to pursue doctoral degrees.

The MLA program is fully accredited through the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). Public Information on Program Performance for the UA MLA program is available.

For additional information on admissions, please contact Program Coordinator Laura Jensen, 520-626-9775.

Funding is available for qualified students.

From The Studio

Coverdell Fellow Profile | Hunter Lohse

Hunter Lohse served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines before joining CAPLA's Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Coverdell Fellow Profile | Alizabeth Potucek

Alizabeth Potucek served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon before joining CAPLA's Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Students stand in the Underwood garden with project poster.

Student Team Receives Award for Green Infrastructure Project

Two interdisciplinary teams of students developed innovative green infrastructure designs for a portion of the University of Arizona’s main campus that prioritized stormwater harvesting and flood mitigation.

Amy Webb named CAPLA’s First Recent Alumna of the Year

Amy Webb was named CAPLA's first Recent Alumna of the Year at this year's homecoming reception. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments in 2015 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 2018. Amy is a Landscape Architect at Norris Design based in Tucson and has maintained meaningful ties with the CAPLA Community.

CAPLA Faculty Make an Impact at TENWEST

Tucson’s TENWEST Impact Festival featured speakers, exhibitors, and entertainers from the Tucson community and beyond.

Pocket Parks on Park(ing) Day 2019

MLA students in the American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter designed and installed a colorful pocket park for Park(ing) Day 2019.

Our world-class faculty bring a wide breadth and depth of expertise and experience in built environment policy and design. They are leaders in their fields and create interdisciplinary and collaborative learning environments. 

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