This program allows eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) degree programs to begin working toward a second professional degree, a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), as early as the third or fourth year. The MLA can usually be completed within two semesters of attaining the BLA degree and within four semesters of attaining the SBE degree.
Subsequent to being admitted to the Accelerated Master's Program, BLA and SBE students in their third or fourth years begin to take graduate courses in the MLA program curriculum. Twelve of the graduate units earned may be used to count toward both degrees.
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).
In the MLA, you’ll learn:
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.
The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning encourages and supports a culture of innovation in teaching, research, creative works, as well as community engagement aimed at advancing professional practice and preparing students to be leaders in their respective fields.
We utilize Tucson and the unique Sonoran Desert environment as a learning laboratory for applied research and community-based projects involving a variety of stakeholders.
Creative thinking and collaborative learning are encouraged in all of our programs through interdisciplinary coursework and real-world projects. Graduates are able to integrate scientific knowledge with resourceful innovation to achieve outcomes that demonstrate best practices for the development of healthful, livable, and meaningful places.
College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.
Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College (https://apply.grad.arizona.edu/). 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.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply.
All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:
International students must also provide:
Official transcripts may be mailed to:
CAPLA Graduate Programs Office
University of Arizona
1040 N. Olive
Tucson, AZ 85721
Required test(s): N/A
Required GRE Subject tests: N/A
Recommended tests: N/A
Recommended GRE Subject tests: N/A
Minimum GRE Verbal: N/A
Minimum GRE Quantitative: N/A
Minimum GRE Written: N/A
Minimum GMAT: N/A
Minimum MAT: N/A
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
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.
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
30 units of approved coursework are required to obtain the degree. The 30-unit minimum is comprised of the following courses:
MLA Core (30)
In addition to completing the 30-unit core, to complete this degree students must also complete coursework or demonstrate competency in the core skills and desired learning outcomes in the following courses for a total of 76 units.
Upon admission to the program, students may demonstrate competency through coursework in an undergraduate related degree such as a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). Courses can be reviewed for comparative competencies in one of our master level courses by reviewing samples of work, projects or references along with passing scores of A or B.
Competency may also be demonstrated by extensive applied field experiences in landscape architectural practice. This will be reviewed by faculty based of references, resume and CV review.
See program curriculum on the Master of Landscape Architecture program website.
Electives may be needed to meet minimum credit requirements, and must be approved by the academic advisor.
Suggested elective options:
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: