Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Course-based program

Program overview

Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of landscape architecture. Launched in 2015, this program is already boosting the faculty’s reputation as leaders in sustainability and design. And we’re out to train future leaders who will go on to build better places - urban, regional and global.

Our full-time faculty includes professional landscape architects, planners, architects and landscape ecologists, whose overlapping expertise contributes to a strong curriculum that combines a solid foundation in the field with 21st-century design challenges.

You will hone most of your skills in our unique interdisciplinary design studios, tackling real-world projects to develop integrated design solutions. In one of your senior semesters, you could also learn in an international context. 

Completing this program

  • Foundation Year: Required for applicants without a design-related four year undergraduate degree.
  • Additional Courses: Four elective courses.
  • Core Courses: Conceptual Bases of Environmental Design; other topics include site technology, history and theory, winter city design and more.


Landscape architectural engineering, architectural and planning firms; private corporations with planning or design departments; federal, provincial, regional, and municipal agencies; development companies; historic preservation authorities; faculties and departments of landscape architecture, architecture, art and planning.

A course-based master’s degree in landscape architecture is usually considered a terminal degree

Course-based program

Seven foundation year courses; 13 core and four elective courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time (in addition to foundation year); six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

Candidates for the Master of Landscape Architecture must provide evidence of original and/or creative work in any field or medium. This could include design work, professional work, research, creative ability, or ideas related to their statement of intent or interests in Landscape Architecture. The requirements for digital portfolio submissions are found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website.

Read portfolio requirements


  • Statement of Interest
  • A C.V

Reference letters


Test scores


Foundation year

Applicants with previous related design degrees (e.g. a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) may have some or all of the foundation year courses waived. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, this review will require supporting documentation such as course outlines. An assessment of these prerequisite requirements will be made by an admissions committee and applicants will be informed in offers of admission which, if any, courses at the Foundation level will be required.

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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