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MLA Admission Requirements


We strongly suggest that application materials be received prior to February 28 to assure first consideration for a financial award from the School of Planning. Our assistantships and financial awards are merit-based and extremely competitive. The School of Planning will accept applications up to August 1 of each year to begin studies the following August


Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of a University Application for Graduate Study that requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee ($5 surcharge for international applicants).
    • MLA I & MLA I/MCP:  summer term admission only
    • MLA IIA & MLA IIB: fall term admission only
  • 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale at most recently attended academic institutions.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended. Note: Official transcripts are not required during the admissions process, and only transcripts are required for the application. Applicants should not send official transcripts until they are offered admission. For complete requirements please visit the Graduate School transcript requirements.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (for MLA II program options only) should be completed prior to admission. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation should indicate the likelihood of degree completion if necessary.
  • Applicants from outside the U.S. are required to have test scores higher than the following minimums for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 84-85 (internet-based), 223 (computer-based), or 563 (paper-based). Other acceptable scores include above a 6.5 minimum on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or above a 53 on the Pearson (PTE).
  • International students are strongly encouraged to submit a video essay to the application website that demonstrates English proficiency.
  • A professional resumé, which may also include a link to a digital portfolio (see below).
  • A digital portfolio is required. In addition to design work, a portfolio displays an expression of interests, travel, experiences, creative work, accomplishments, and prior education that demonstrates an affinity with the profession of landscape architecture. Applicants for the MLA I First Professional Degree are strongly encouraged to demonstrate some proficiency with AutoCAD, Sketchup, and similar graphic media.  We do not accept hard copies of portfolios.
  • A statement of interest. This paper (800 words, maximum) should describe the applicant’s broader goals within the professional discipline of landscape architecture, and why pursuing an MLA degree is the right path. The applicant should describe significant academic accomplishments and experiences.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your potential to complete professional graduate study. At least one recommendation should be from an academic reference who can address the applicant’s academic performance. If the applicant is applying for graduate assistantship support, at least one recommendation should address the applicant’s competence or potential abilities to contribute to research and/or teaching. These letters must be submitted by references online.
  • Applicants interested in a graduate assistantship should upload a one-page description of relevant skills and knowledge (such as teaching experience, computer programming, design software, languages, drafting/design, knowledge of research tools) that could be utilized as a graduate assistant. The applicant should describe how these skills have been used in prior academic/work experiences.

More information is available at the application website.