Master of Landscape Architecture FAQs

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.

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.

Students will be provided a list of approved electives. If a student wishes to take an elective outside of CAPLA, it must be approved by the faculty advisor.

Yes, landscape architecture students may join architecture and planning students for summer study abroad opportunities and guided international studies and research projects. Previous international trips have included destinations such as South Africa; Orvieto, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Prague, Czech Republic; Oman, Jordan; and Panama.

The school offers many opportunities for professional development beyond the classroom. During the spring semester of the first year in the program, one of the landscape architecture faculty members hosts an out-of-state field trip to see important built projects and visit landscape architecture design firms. Students have an opportunity to tour professional offices, meet the principals and learn more about career opportunities. Often, local alumni meet with the group to share their experiences as practicing professionals in the field.

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 on Landscape Architecture to qualified students.

The student ASLA chapter organizes an annual Landscape Architecture Shadow Day which matches students with local landscape architecture firms. Students spend a whole or part day in a firm, attending meetings, learning about projects, and seeing what happens behind the scenes in these offices.

The school receives notifications from employers looking to hire MLA graduates and these notices are distributed to students. Contacts made through Shadow Day and local or national 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

You can apply at grad.arizona.edu. Click on “Apply now.”

Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States college or university, or equivalent in a non-US institution of higher learning. The undergraduate degree can be in any field of study. 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.
  • Applicants who 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.
  • Those applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or a closely related professional field may apply for advanced standing.
  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency and submit scores from the TOEFL exam. 
     

No, applicants to the MLA program are not required to take the GRE.

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 online application portal. You can access the online 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 (optional): 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.

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. 

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):

  • We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020.
  • The application deadline for priority consideration for domestic applicants is January 1 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date.
  • Applicants who apply by the January 1 deadline are given priority consideration both for admission and financial aid.
  • The application deadline for Spring semester admission is October 1.

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

  • The application deadline for international students is September 1

Costs to Attend and Financial Aid

To see current tuition and fees, please view the Estimated Cost of a UA Education.

In addition, the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture has a $1500 per semester program fee.

Financial aid is available to qualified students based on the program, merit and financial need. Many of our students receive some form of financial aid excluding loans.

  • The program provides financial support to offset tuition for its students in the form of: Graduate Tuition Waivers; Fellowship Funds; Program Fee Set Aside Funds; Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships; Program level scholarships; Graduate Access Fellowships; UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships eligible for returning Peace Corps Volunteers; Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) Waivers for UA employees and affiliates; and student travel support offered by the program.
  • 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 additional scholarships through Scholarship Universe. Admitted students will be notified of the opportunity to apply 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

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.

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Emilio Romero, at eromero@email.arizona.edu, or at 520-621-9819. He can arrange a tour of our facilities and set up meetings with faculty and students in the landscape architecture program.

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